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Convenings Reports

A seminar, discussion group, or the like, that emphasizes exchange of ideas and the demonstration and application of techniques, skills, etc.

Building and Advocacy Movement for Equitable and Sustainable Agriculture in Africa

This report summarizes the discussions at the inception convening for TrustAfrica’s “Building an Advocacy Movement for Equitable and Sustainable Agriculture in Africa' project. The project, a component of TrustAfrica’s Equitable Development program, is being implemented in six countries: Ghana, Mali, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and Malawi. Participants at the convening, which was hosted by TrustAfrica, included program staff from TrustAfrica and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation as well as researchers who have been recruited to conduct scoping studies in each country.

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220.20 kB
Date:
16 February 2010








An Expert Consultation in Advance of the Preparatory Meeting of African State Parties to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court for the Rome Statute Review Conference

On 31st October and 1st November 2009 a group of twenty three experts in international and transitional justice and human rights met in Nairobi, Kenya to review the agenda of the Preparatory Meeting of African State Parties to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (Rome Statute) Review Conference and prepare submissions which might assist with those deliberations. The meeting built on a previous consultation also held in Nairobi in June 2009 which prepared contributions to the previous meeting of African State parties on the Rome Statute of July 2009. The participants were invited and conducted the deliberations in their individual capacities. At the end of their reflections, the participating experts adopted the following conclusions, positions and recommendations for the consideration of the African States Parties to the ICC and the African Union.

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180.03 kB
Date:
01 November 2009
Author:
East Africa Law Society, The DARFUR Consortium








Recommendations of the Civil Society Meeting on African Union mechanisms and the Protection of Refugee, IDP and Citizenship Rights

African civil society organizations and experts met in Kampala, Uganda, from 19-20 October 2009 on the margins of the AU Special Summit on Refugees, Returnees and Internally Displaced persons. Issues discussed included statelessness and nationality rights, which have been both a cause and consequence of forced displacement and discrimination in Africa. The session recognised that effective citizenship is a doorway to accessing other rights, including for refugees and the displaced. In this context, it was noted that the right to nationality needed to be promoted as a mechanism both to prevent and to respond to displacement on the continent.

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28.47 kB
Date:
20 October 2009
Author:
International Refugee Rights Initiative








Report of the Second Convening on Strengthening Civil Society in Liberia

The second convening of the Liberia Civil Society Initiative, held October 6–7 in Monrovia, gathered representatives from Humanity United, TrustAfrica and several grantee organizations. The first day was dedicated to discussions relating to the three programmatic areas: community empowerment, governance monitoring and the development of the independent media. The second day featured a training session on project outcome development and impact assessment, with program officers of grantee organizations in attendance. Both days served as learning opportunities for both donors and grantees. The NGOs’ perspectives on the thematic areas help us further our understanding of the political and social environment of the program. And as we share our views, partners are able to acquire skills they have not fully grasped before.

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281.98 kB
Date:
07 October 2009








Workshop on the Investment Climate and Business Environment Research Fund and Partners in Central Africa

The workshop focused on two main items: the presentation of progress reports on projects supported by the research fund, and the possibility of setting up a network of Central African researchers to promote their professional interests and serve as a reliable partner in investment climate reform for investors, donors, and public‐sector decision makers.

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151.12 kB
Date:
11 August 2009








Citizen Engagement for African Integration and Transformation

The 2nd dialogue between civil society organizations and the Pan African Parliament (PAP) brought together civil society leaders from across Africa to engage with members of PAP on issues related to  state and citizens' relations. Under the theme, "African Integration, Transformation & Citizen Engagement," the focus of the meeting was African citizens' role in political and economic transformation on  the continent. In particular, the 'democratic deficit' in Africa was addressed as a major impediment to governance and integration. This dialogue was also a celebration of Africa Day - the 25th of May.

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185.59 kB
Date:
31 May 2009
Author:
TrustAfrica, PAN-AFRICAN PARLIAMENT and Southern AfricaTrust








Citizen Engagement for African Integration and Transformation: Report on the 2nd Consultative Dialogue between Civil Society Organizations and the Pan African Parliament

The 2nd dialogue between civil society organizations and the Pan African Parliament (PAP) brought together civil society leaders from across Africa to engage with members of PAP on issues related to state and citizens’ relations. Under the theme, "African Integration, Transformation & Citizen Engagement," the focus of the meeting was African citizens' role in political and economic transformation on the continent. In particular, the 'democratic deficit' in Africa was addressed as a major impediment to governance and integration. This dialogue was also a celebration of Africa Day - the 25th of May.

File Size:
190.71 kB
Date:
10 May 2009
Author:
TrustAfrica, SAT, PAP








Report of the Civil Society Forum

Over 90 civic leaders gathered in an unprecedented forum in recent times, from 3 to 4 April, 2009; to share insights related to the issues affecting Civil Society in Liberia, the governance of the sector as well as Civil Society relationships with the National Government. The forum was supported by Humanity United and TrustAfrica through the Liberia Civil Society Initiative which aim is to strengthen the capacity of leading Liberian groups and also help in enhancing the professionalism and quality of the private media sector. Panel discussions and group activities were the main features of the forum that also served as an opportunity to disseminate the Defending Civil Society principles as they result from a report recently published by the World Movement for Democracy. Former Civic Leaders who now serve in various capacities in the Government contributed to the Panel discussions and provided insights from their experience in Government. A set of recommendations which came out of the group activities and the two day- exchanges, were reflected in a final resolution.

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270.88 kB
Date:
04 April 2009








Resolution of the Liberia Civil Society Forum

WE, the representatives of various Liberian civil society groups participating in the first Civil Society Forum sponsored by TrustAfrica and Humanity United, under the theme: “Strengthening NGOs Through Strategic Collaboration, Coordinated Policy Advocacy and Constructive Engagement with the National Government” convened at the Samuel Kanyon Doe Sports Complex on the 3rd and 4th of April A.D 2009;

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62.33 kB
Date:
04 April 2009








15th International Conference on AIDS and Sexually Transmitted Infections in Africa (ICASA)

An important step in the fight against HIV/AIDS in Africa is to identify the knowledge, attitudes, and practices of African leaders regarding HIV/AIDS. Gaining clarity on these issues can help create  opportunities for learning and exchange across Sub‐Saharan Africa. The need to step up this identification process emerged as one of the main conclusions at the 15th International Conference on AIDS  and Sexually Transmitted Infections in Africa (ICASA), held in Dakar, Senegal—a conference partly financed by TrustAfrica.

File Size:
630.47 kB
Date:
07 December 2008
Author:
TrustAfrica








15th International Conference on IADS and Sexually Transmitted Infections in Africa

An important step in the fight against HIV/AIDS in Africa is to identify the knowledge, attitudes, and practices of African leaders regarding HIV/AIDS. Gaining clarity on these issues can help create opportunities for learning and exchange across Sub‐Saharan Africa. The need to step up this identification process emerged as one of the main conclusions at the 15th International Conference on AIDS and Sexually Transmitted Infections in Africa (ICASA), held in Dakar, Senegal—a conference partly financed by TrustAfrica.

File Size:
630.47 kB
Date:
07 December 2008
Author:
ICASA








Strengthening African Engagement with the Global HIV/AIDS Establishment: Lessons and Strategies for Future Action

TrustAfrica commissioned this research through the Technical Support Facility for West and Central Africa as part of an initiative to increase the frequency and quality of African engagement with international institutions, initiatives, and funders that shape global responses to the HIV/AIDS pandemic in Africa. This study seeks to document gaps in Africa’s response to HIV/AIDS and identify specific strategies to fill them.

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96.31 kB
Date:
10 November 2008
Author:
Marc A. Okunnu, Sr. Prof. Clara Fayorsey Dr. SAidou Hangadoumbo








Strengthening African Engagement with the Global HIV/AIDS Establishment: Lessons and Strategies for Future Action

TrustAfrica commissioned this research through the Technical Support Facility for West and Central Africa as part of an initiative to increase the frequency and quality of African engagement with international institutions, initiatives, and funders that shape global responses to the HIV/AIDS pandemic in Africa. This study seeks to document gaps in Africa’s engagement of the Global HIV/AIDS establishment in responding to the pandemic, and to identify specific strategies to fill them.

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595.46 kB
Date:
10 November 2008
Author:
Marc A. Okunnu, Sr., Prof. Clara Fayorsey, Dr. Saidoo Hangadoumbo








8th International Conference of ISTR and 2nd European Conference of the EMES European Research Network and ISTR in Bacelona, Spain

ISTR’s 8th International Conference was unique as the Society joined with the EMES European Research Network to hold the 2nd European Conference at the same time. For the second time after the first joint European conference in Paris in 2005, a partnership was created to allow special emphasis on European debates and contributions related to social enterprises and the Third Sector while placing them in a worldwide context.

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899.80 kB
Date:
10 September 2008








Discussion Paper: Philanthropy of Africa

A starting point for the Global Fund for Community Foundation's recent philanthropy convening in Africa was the drawing of a distinction between African philanthropy as philanthropy of Africa, and as philanthropy for Africa. In the same way, an array of researchers and practitioners has argued that there is a critical distinction, particularly in Africa, between 'philanthropy of community' and 'philanthropy for community'.

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122.23 kB
Date:
31 May 2008
Author:
TrustAfrica and the Global Fund for Community Foundations








African Philanthropy Discussion Forum, Navaisha, Kenya

A starting point for the Global Fund for Community Foundation’s recent philanthropy convening in Africa was thedrawing of a distinction between African philanthropy as philanthropy of Africa, and as philanthropy for Africa. In the same way, an array of researchers and practitioners has argued that there is a critical distinction, particularly in Africa, between ‘philanthropy of community’ and ‘philanthropy for community’.1 Characteristics of the former are seen to include variations on self-help or mutual aid mechanisms, where notions of reciprocity or even obligation arising out of belonging are far more deeply rooted than representing merely survival or coping strategies in times of hardship. Studies of philanthropy in East, Southern and North Africa2 highlight a wide range of social institutions and associations including home town associations, burial societies, savings clubs, tribal networks and so on all of which place ‘giving’ or ‘helping’ at the heart of their operations. Philanthropy for community might include not only the external charity organizations, but also family, corporate and personal foundations now expanding rapidly in Africa. A more contested example of philanthropy ‘for’ community is the community foundation.

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76.98 kB
Date:
10 May 2008








Survey of African Regional Organizations – Civil Society Organizations, Research Institutes and Think Tanks

The institutional landscape in Africa has evolved significantly over the past four decades. The founding of the Organization of African Unity (OAU) in 1965 gave rise to the subsequent establishment of several other treaty-based inter-governmental organizations (TBOs/IGOs), notably the Regional Economic Communities (RECs) working at the sub-regional level. Initially the emphasis was on cooperation between states, and institutional mechanisms in place were overwhelmingly intergovernmental. Nevertheless, this state-led project recognized the need for African countries to overcome the constraints of their individual sizes and relative resource endowments, to aggregate their strengths and capacities, and to forge pan-African solidarity as a common strategy for development.

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618.75 kB
Date:
10 May 2008
Author:
TrustAfrica








Discussion Paper: Philanthropy of Africa

In May 2008, TrustAfrica and the Global Fund for Community Foundations convened a meeting in Naivasha, Kenya, on how philanthropy can become a more effective instrument for development. The gathering drew 20 grantmakers from across the continent—including Ghana, Kenya, Mozambique, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania, and Zimbabwe. Together they sought to develop a programmatic framework and philosophy for supporting the development of community foundations and local philanthropic infrastructure in Africa.

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122.23 kB
Date:
10 May 2008








Workshop on Strengthening the Effectiveness and Sustainability of African Regional Organizations (AROs)

In April 2008, TrustAfrica organized a conference in Dakar, Senegal, on “Strengthening the Effectiveness and Sustainability of African Regional Organizations.” The idea was to bring together a small group of representatives from various African intergovernmental organizations, civil society organizations, and other concerned parties to discuss the findings of TrustAfrica’s recently completed Survey of African Regional Organizations (AROs).

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299.07 kB
Date:
30 April 2008








African Philanthropy Discussion Paper, Navaisha, Kenya

In May 2008, TrustAfrica and the Global Fund for Community Foundations convened a meeting in Naivasha, Kenya, on how philanthropy can become a more effective instrument for development. The gathering drew 20 grantmakers from across the continent—including Ghana, Kenya, Mozambique, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania, and Zimbabwe. Together they sought to develop a programmatic framework and philosophy for supporting the development of community foundations and local philanthropic infrastructure in Africa. The meeting was also designed to advance debate about the nature of African philanthropy, to identify emerging trends in different regions, and to clarify some of the key issues that need to be addressed with regard to linking traditional forms giving with “new” forms of organized philanthropy.

File Size:
122.23 kB
Date:
30 April 2008
Author:
TA and Global Fund








 
 
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