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The African continent, geographical diversity notwithstanding, faces dire developmental challenges. The continent contains 39 of the countries with the highest poverty rates[1]. Related, and as a consequence, the rights of the vast majority of those living on the continent are systematically violated. This is particularly true for specific groups. At the same time, numerous opportunities are present, including the ‘demographic bulge’, rich natural resources, a potentially large common market, movement towards expanding domestic industries, and untapped human potential. 

The present position is, of course, the product of hundreds of years of systematic dispossession, exploitation, and colonialism. However, it is also the consequence of the path taken – imposed or chosen – of post-colonial African countries. In particular, the imposition of structural adjustment programmes, Washington Consensus and Post-Washington Consensus policies, and other more recent forms of neoliberal ‘reforms’. 

These economic policies have been implemented, and justified, on the basis of certain economic approaches – what we term here “economic orthodoxies”. This has occurred together with the systematic marginalisation of progressively-minded economists and policy makers in universities, governments and development projects since the 1980s. 

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.

TrustAfrica is pleased to invite you to a conference on the theme: Culture and Identity: Social Movements in Africa and the Legacy of Nelson Mandela and Sheikh Anta Diop. The conference will be held on July 29, 2019 from 3:00 pm to 5:30 pm at TrustAfrica's offices in Dakar,Senegal.

Organized to pay tribute to Nelson Mandela and Cheikh Anta Diop, this activity is in line with our strategy to support African social movements in their struggles for the advancement of peace and democracy, which are the prerequisites for the sustainable development of Africa and its people.

Project Title: FOSTERING LEGISLATIVE ACCOUNTABILITY AND INCLUSIVE REPRESENTATION IN OGONILAND, RIVERS STATE, NIGERIA

Grantee-Partner: Citizens Trust Advocacy and Development Center (CITADEC)

By Sambari Lemene and Dimkpa Vivian, Kiisi Trust Communications & Research Interns

One problem most developing countries face is lack of proper accountability of elected officials. Accountability is an elusive concept, but understanding where it originates can help citizens find ways to hold their governments accountable. Kiisi Trust, a donor-advised-fund managed by TrustAfrica, uses an all-inclusive participatory method when funding projects that seek to give voice to marginalized citizens. Through its Governance, Voice and Accountability thematic funding area, the Trust supports citizens and communities, particularly people from vulnerable or excluded groups, to become empowered to make choices about their own development – and to act on these choices. The Trust engages with communities, governments, businesses and other critical players to foster a culture of active citizenship.

On Thursday, June 20, 2019, the Ambassador of South Africa to Senegal and The Gambia, His Excellency Lenin Shope and the Counsellor-Political, Ms Clara Kiesewetter paid a courtesy call to TrustAfrica.

In his welcoming remarks, the Executive Director, Dr Ebrima Sall, gave a brief presentation about TrustAfrica as a pan-African foundation which seeks to strengthen African initiatives that address some of the most difficult challenges confronting the continent. He pointed out that TrustAfrica has carried out various activities and continues to support various initiatives in South Africa. He called for continued collaboration between TrustAfrica and South African academic institutions and civil society organizations in the concerted effort to advance the development of the African continent.

The meeting was also a brainstorming session on key developments and transformations occurring in the continent.

L-R: Professor Fakae (Trust Board Member), Emmanuel Sorle Yowika (scholarship beneficiary), and Hon. Uche Onyeagucha (Chairman of the Board, Kiisi Trust)

L-R: Professor Fakae (Trust Board Member), Emmanuel Sorle Yowika (scholarship beneficiary), and Hon. Uche Onyeagucha (Chairman of the Board, Kiisi Trust)

By Cyril Lemene

On Thursday 23rd May 2019, Kiisi Trust, in partnership with Optimum Resources Management, hosted her first award ceremony of the Ogoni Scholarship Fund, which aims to support final-year Ogoni students in tertiary institutions across Nigeria with the passion for education to improve their lives and the societies in which they find themselves. A total of N2,700,000 was given to 18 final-year students at N150,000 each to support their final year research projects. 

The event which welcomed partners, grantee-partners, the Trust’s Advisory Council members and Board members, as well as stakeholders from Ogoniland, was a remarkable one as issues regarding the growth of Ogoniland were discussed alongside the presentation of certificates to the beneficiaries. The Chairman of the Kiisi Trust Board of Trustees, Honourable Uche Onyeagucha, encouraged the Trust to continue what they have started even as they hope to increase the number of beneficiaries in the coming years. He also stressed to the students to preach the good news to others about their scholarships, as well as encouraging them to apply to benefit from the program in other areas.

In early 2018, the Board of Trustees put in motion the need to roll-out the Ogoni Scholarship Fund for Ogoni final-year students in tertiary institutions throughout Nigeria. The Fund kicked off in June 2018 with a lengthy application period from September – December 2018. Joy and happiness from the beneficiaries and their parents filled the atmosphere as they all received their award certificates. Emmanuel Sorle Yorwika, one of the beneficiaries who spoke on behalf of the students, thanked the Trust for the wonderful work and encouraged them to continue the good work they have started. “We will take the good news everywhere we go,” he said.

Professor Barineme Fakae, a Trustee of Kiisi Trust who was the keynote speaker, spoke on the importance of education and the need for the sustainability of the project. “The role of education in national development cannot be overstated. Education is a vital investment for human and economic development. It is the true driving force for national development and economic growth. Education gives the skills needed by the society to opt out of poverty into prosperity. Being one of the thematic areas for Kiisi Trust, the Advisory Council and the Board of Trustees figured that the best way to address this area is through award of scholarships to scholars. This explains why the selection of beneficiaries is based purely on merit. Kiisi Trust seeks students who have clear academic records that have come to the final year to whom one time subvention may be made towards the writing up of their final year projects. Through due diligence and background checks made on applicants, would be beneficiaries in their penultimate year to graduation, with a CGPA not lower than 3.50 are considered. This method of selection was adopted by the Trust because it believes that those who have exemplified themselves through academic studies stand a better chance of making huge contributions to Ogoniland.” He said.

Education, as all parents and guardians admit, is a long-term investment with an equally long gestation period, but it is one of the best legacies to bequeath to individuals, groups, and society. For rural and poor families in Ogoniland who understand the importance of education but who struggle daily to pay school tuition and other fees, the Ogoni Scholarship Fund by Kiisi Trust is one attempt to ease their struggle by focusing on the last-mile of education (final year of tertiary education institutions) by supporting the final year research projects of Ogoni students to enable them to graduate and perhaps proceed on to further their education career.

Below is the list of 2018 Ogoni Scholarship Fund beneficiaries:

S/N 

NAME 

PROJECT TITLE 

NAME OF INSTITUTION 

Barry Ambison 

Analyzing sickness absence, disability, and withdrawal from the labour market: The need for causal inference 

Niger Delta University 

Baribor Henry Adda-Kobani 

 

An exploration into Cult Rivalry in Bodo-City: A case study of Degbam and Dewell. 

University of Port Harcourt 

Bariduula Uporo 

 

Oil Induced Pollution and Livelihood a study of Gokana, Rivers State 

Federal University Otuoke, Ogbia Bayelsa 

 

Ledimbari Noel Mbari 

 

Internal marketing and marketing performance of deposits money banks in Rivers State. 

Rivers State University 

Bariela Kpoonanyie 

Design and Fabrication of Electric Car Jack with Indicator. 

Rivers State University 

 

Emmanuel Sorle Yowika 

Teacher's subject mastery and Students Performance in Selected Secondary Schools in Port-Harcourt. 

Rivers State University 

Barinaasanen Opbe 

 

Exploring Biomorphic and Geometric Forms as Symbol of Robust Economic Viability in Gokana LGA. 

University of Port Harcourt 

Eerebari Precious Solomon 

Effect of Financial Leverage on the Profitability of Quoted Deposit Money Bank in Nigeria. 

Rivers State University 

 

Miracle Barididum Bodo-Saga 

 

The effects of political misfortunes on teaching and learning in Gokana local Government area of Rivers State 

Ignatius Ajuru University of Edu. 

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Shiva Deegbenedum Gab-Deedam 

 

Phenolic and Antioxidant activity of Ethanol extract of Unripe Citrus reticulata peels. 

University of Benin 

 

11 

Bariyereba Silas Baridam 

 

Graphics communication: Poster for Sensitization and Advocacy Against Youth Violence. 

Niger Delta University 

12 

Legbosi Barisua Deeyah 

Determination of CD4 Level and Differential White Blood Cells Count in HIV positive patients on some highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART) in Port Harcourt 

Rivers State University 

 

13 

Bieye Baridapdoone Prince 

Accessing the effect of Energy Crises on Small Medium Enterprises in Tanke Area of Kwara State. 

University of Ilorin 

14 

Blessing Kemsi

Microbial Examination of Spoilt Onions in some markets in Port-Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria. 

Rivers State University 

15 

Yaabari nkpegamee Ada 

Bioremediation Potential of Bacterial isolate from Ogoni Oil Spill site 

Niger Delta University 

16 

Mdooyaabari Joy Christopher 

Diversity and distribution of low molecular weight hydrocarbon degrading bacterial in a farm land. 

Niger Delta University 

17 

Sinebari Nwilegbara 

 

Knowledge and Prevalence of Hypertension Among School Teachers in Calabar 

University of Calabar 

18 

Hope Tomdibabari Leekaaga 

The impact of violent tv programme on the Nigerian youth an evaluation of Gokana youth. 

Rivers State University 

  

 

 

Looking ahead, youth movements are proving effective in promoting democratic change, but what support will they need as they seek to foster economic change? Are there conceptual challenges? African democracies have been called “choice-less democracies” (Mkandawire) in that they rarely lead to framing economic and social policies that break with the neoliberal paradigm. Yet major structural transformation will surely be required to reduce poverty and social and economic inequalities.

Other questions remain. How will youth movements influence and be influenced by those engaged in environmental struggles at the global level and by other social movements of youth and women? How will the youth movements negotiate new bases of citizenship and belonging?

Cynical politicians in many parts of the world use the myth of “the dangerous other” to sow fear and drum up support. The youth movements described here, however, demonstrate a different and powerful reality: that positive change is possible in unity. Given the fact that young people form the vast majority of Africa’s population, prospects are good, and philanthropy can play a key role in supporting this positive transformation.

This conviction is behind TrustAfrica’s decision to make movement building a specific focus of our work. More on this can be found in the pages of this annual report – together with highlights from across our programs, from advancing economic and agricultural policies that benefit poor producers, to improving higher education on the continent and much more. In the coming months and years, we look forward to working side by side with our partners as we advance our vision of transformative change for Africa and Africans.

 
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The State of African Philanthropy: Setting the Agenda
The African Centre on Philanthropy and Social Investment (ACPSI), TrustAfrica, African Philanthropy Forum and Harvard Center for African studies are organizing a two-day African Philanthropy Conference at Wits Business School, Donald Gordon auditorium, on 16 and 17 May 2019.
The aim of this conference is to bring together philanthropists (African and non-African), Non-Governmental organizations that work in this area, policy-makers, private sector organisations, and academic researchers to explore how to formulate a coherent framework for African philanthropy.

Download the programme here.

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