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Patrick Barigbalo Naagbanton, a dear friend to the Trust and an avid human rights crusader, died on Saturday, September 21, 2019. The news of his death was received with great shock and sadness by all. Patrick Naagbanton was nominated and served in the inaugural class of the Trust’s Advisory Council from 2017 – 2019, where his contributions on strategy and advancement for sustainable development in Ogoniland has helped put forward the Trust’s work locally and nationally. His wealth of experience in the development sector spanning over a period of two decades was key in his appointment as a member of the Advisory Council. Patrick was instrumental in helping the relatives of Ken Saro-Wiwa bring a case against Shell in a US court, for their role in his death and nine other activities from Ogoniland. The Shell vs. Wiwa case resulted in a $15.5 million settlement to the plaintiffs in the lawsuit and the creation of the Kiisi Trust Fund with an initial $5 million endowment for the benefit of the Ogoni peoples.

The Arab Gulf Programme for Development (AGFUND) announces the sixth goal of the SDGs 2030 as subject for the 2019 Prince Talal International Prize for Human Development "Ensure access to water and sanitation for all "and invites the United Nations, international and regional organizations, ministries and public institutions, social business enterprises, national NGOs, individuals and development actors worldwide to submit nominations for the Prize. Prince Talal International Prize amounts to US$1,000,000, divided into four categories; the First category prize (US$ 400,000), specified for projects implemented by UN agencies or international and regional NGOs, the Second category prize (US$ 300,000), specified for projects implemented by national NGOs, the Third category prize (US$ 200,000), specified for projects implemented by governmental bodies (ministries and public institutions) or social business enterprises and the Fourth category prize (US$ 100,000), specified for projects initiated, funded and/or implemented by individuals.

It is worth mentioning that the projects that best contribute to achieving all or some of the targets of the sixth Sustainable Development Goal 2030 "Ensure access to water and sanitation for all” shall be eligible to compete for Prince Talal International Prize 2019 and that the deadline for receiving of nomination is 30 November 2019.

Project: NIGERIA ANTI-CORRUPTION AND CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM FUND

About TrustAfrica

TrustAfrica is an African-led, pan-Africa foundation dedicated to fostering democratic governance and equitable development and works principally through collaboration and partnership with like-minded institutions and donors. It is incorporated in the United States as a 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization and has a location agreement with the government of Senegal. It also has offices in Nigeria and Zimbabwe. 

Project: NIGERIA ANTI-CORRUPTION AND CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM FUND

About TrustAfrica

TrustAfrica is an African-led, pan-Africa foundation dedicated to fostering democratic governance and equitable development and works principally through collaboration and partnership with like-minded institutions and donors. It is incorporated in the United States as a 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization and has a location agreement with the government of Senegal. It also has offices in Nigeria and Zimbabwe.

About the Nigeria Anti-Corruption and Criminal Justice Reform Fund (NACCJF)

In its first term, President Buhari’s government demonstrated strong political will in tackling corruption. This offered a window of opportunity to invest and contribute towards driving much needed reforms around accountability through improved anti-corruption and criminal justice administration processes in Nigeria. For this purpose, the Open Society, MacArthur and Ford Foundations came together and established the Nigeria Anticorruption and Criminal Justice Reform Fund (NACCJF) with an investment of 5 million USD.  The Fund was established to support system strengthening, performance enhancing and coordination of anticorruption and criminal justice agencies in Nigeria. Riding on the available political will, the goal of the Fund is to enable the government of Nigeria to realize the following objectives: 

Reports to: Program Director, Kiisi Trust Fund, TrustAfrica

Job Location: Port Harcourt, Nigeria

Start Date: November 1st, 2019

End Date: March 31st, 2020

Hours: 25 hours a week

Compensation: NGN150,000 (Nigerian naira)

Overview

The Kiisi Trust at TrustAfrica, is seeking a junior Monitoring and Evaluation consultant open to deepening and learning new skills, to guide us through the process of assessing the quality of our programming, which will help us take measures to deepen our impact.

24 and 25 September 2019

parallel to the SDG Summit
in the Church Center – opposite the UN, New York

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Download the People’s Assembly Announcement

As Heads of State will meet on 24 and 25 September 2019 for the SDG Summit to review the progress of Agenda 2030, we are organizing a parallel People’s Assembly.

The People’s Assembly will bring together people’s representatives and civil society from around the world to give  grassroots and marginalised people a voice. Most importantly, it will be a space for all to jointly analyse the structural reasons for the injustices, act and plan for common future actions to create systemic change to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Climate Agreement.

Civil society plays a key role in advocating and implementing much needed change and to work on the structural causes of poverty and inequalities. However, we are being threatened and civic space to work is dwindling. Civil Society must fight back together and reclaim our space.

We are at the crossroads, as inequality has risen to unsustainable levels and climate change is causing incalculable damage. We can implement change or continue with the status quo. We are determined to act to save the planet and humanity, particularly ensure that no one is left behind.

TrustAfrica (TA) and the Institute for Economic Justice (IEJ) are pleased to announce a three-day convening on Challenging Orthodoxies in Economic Thinking in Africa: Exploring Alternatives. The convening, which is supported by the Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA), will be held in Dakar, Senegal, on 2 to 4 September 2019.  

The African continent has a wealth of resourceful and creative young people, an abundance of natural resources, a potentially large common market, the possibility of expanding domestic industries and a large crop of untapped human potential. Yet the continent still contains 39 of the countries with the highest poverty rates and, as a continent, has the lowest levels of human development. While this situation cannot be separated from centuries of exploitation, it is also the consequence of the path taken (imposed or chosen) by most post-independence regimes. Especially important has been the hasty imposition of structural adjustment programmes, Washington Consensus and Post-Washington Consensus policies, and other more recent forms of neoliberal “reforms” which have been implemented and justified by conventional economic approaches, termed “economic orthodoxies”. This situation has naturally led to the labelling of several African countries as Heavily Indebted Poor Countries (HIPC) by the neo-liberal establishment. However, the African continent has the opportunity to transform itself in a manner that raises living standards and levels of well-being and also to advance the rights and dignity of all people, in peace, unity and freedom.

Victims of international crimes are at the  core of the fight against impunity for international crimes such as genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity. The ICC was the first international accountability mechanism to make room for the direct participation of victims in legal proceedings.  Despite this progress, the visibility and voices  of victims are continuously muzzled at national, regional and international level, owing to legal, technical and financial hurdles. We now increasingly see victims playing a diminutive role in the quest for accountability.

In partnership with the Inclusive Project, Asia Dalit Right Forum, UNESCO, Amnesty International and in collaboration with Global Call Against Poverty, IDSN, IMADAR and CIVICUS, TrustAfrica organized an international conference on the theme: “Global Partnership and Joint Actions in Addressing, Discrimination based on Work and Descent, Untouchability, Contemporary Forms of Slavery and Analogous Forms of Discrimination”. At the end of this Conference held in Dakar, Senegal, from 9 to 11 April 2019, an African Network to Combat Discrimination Based on Work, Descent, Slavery and Socio-Cultural beliefs was established. The Network includes about twenty human rights organizations and associations of victims. Members of the Network have undertaken to work in solidarity with all stakeholders and to advocate with organizations pursuing similar objectives to join the Network.

By Bethule Nyamambi

TrustAfrica, through its Agriculture Advocacy Programme, convened partners and other stakeholders in a policy and strategy development dialogue: “Agency and Accountability: Securing Citizens’ Voices and Participation in Africa’s Agriculture Development” from 2 to 3 April 2019 in Kigali, Rwanda. The two-day convening brought together participants from across the continent, including regional, strategic partners, smallholder farmer organisations, civil society, and government representatives.

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