The Kiisi Trust Fund was established in an out-of-court settlement in 2009 as part of a United States Federal Court ruling in the Southern District of New York. The settlement arose from a lawsuit against the Royal Dutch Shell Company by survivors and family members of people who were victims of human rights abuses arising out of Shell’s Nigerian Operations in Ogoniland in southeast Nigeria, the homeland of the Ogoni people. The Ogoni Plaintiffs included victims of torture and arbitrary detention as well as the survivors of husbands, brothers and fathers who were summarily executed for their role in protesting the cultural and environmental devastation of Shell’s operations in Ogoniland. The Trust was created from a $15 million settlement reached with Shell, $5 million of which was used by the Plaintiffs to create the Kiisi Trust to support programs in education, health, community development, and other benefits for the Ogoni people and their communities. The name “kiisi” means “progress” in Ogoni. This Trust will allow for initiatives for education, health, community development and other benefits for the Ogoni people and their communities, including educational endowments, skills development, agricultural development, women’s programmes, small enterprise support, and adult literacy.

Born and raised in Zimbabwe, Dr. Murisa joined TrustAfrica in December 2009 to coordinate our efforts to build an effective advocacy movement for sustainable and equitable agricultural development in Africa. He was named Executive Director by TrustAfrica’s Board of Trustees in July 2014, and took office on 1 October 2014. Dr. Murisa holds a B.Sc. in political science and administration from the University of Zimbabwe, where he graduated with honors; a Master’s degree in development studies from Leeds University in the UK; and a doctorate in sociology from Rhodes University in South Africa. He brings eight years of experience at the African Institute for Agrarian Studies in Harare, where he developed policy dialogues and training programs aimed at improving pro-poor land and agrarian policies in Africa, and two years of experience at the Poverty Reduction Forum, also in Harare.

Amandine Rushenguziminega joins TrustAfrica as the Program Associate with the International Criminal Justice (ICJ) Fund for Africa and the Illicit Financial Flows (IFF) Program. She is a passionate political scientist and human rights activist with a track record of working with African CSOs, international NGOs, justice institutions, and with the East African Community (EAC) and the African Union (AU). Amandine is experienced in policy research, advocacy work and project management and implementation on human rights, good governance and peace and security. She previously led the peace and security department at the Pan African Lawyers’ Union (PALU), based in Arusha, Tanzania, mostly addressing the political and humanitarian crisis in Burundi. In addition, she undertook research and a survey on the AU framework on Unconstitutional Changes of Government (UCG) in Africa. She holds a Master in International Relations – Security, Peace and Conflict – from the Université Libre de Bruxelles (Belgium) and a Bachelor in Political Science - International Relations, from the Université de Lausanne (Switzerland). She is fluent in both French and English.

A vocal advocate for socio-economic fairness and the Rights of the Marginalized People, Bariton Cletus is our Communications and Research Intern. As an Organizing and Technical Coordinator (Voluntary) for the Glory Foundation Outreach Ministries Inc. since 2010, Bariton was responsible for the drafting and presentation of the Ministries quarterly and annual reports. He holds a B.SC in Education Management and Political Science and has certificates in Project Management from the Nigerian Institute of Management (Chartered). Bariton is also from Bodo city in Gokana LGA in Ogoniland.

Christie Banzorwa is our Grants/Monitoring & Evaluation Intern, bringing with her over 5 years of experience in M&E, research, procurement and supply chain management, and data consulting in the health and development sector. Prior to TrustAfrica, she worked as a Baseline Survey Field Supervisor for the Market Development Programme in the Niger Delta (MADE), a DfID-funded project geared at increasing incomes of 150, 000 poor men and women across the Niger Delta. Originally from Bodo city in Gokana LGA of Ogoniland, Christie is motivated by adding value to people through community-driven development projects. She holds a B.SC in Insurance and Actuarial Science from Imo State University, Owerri, Imo State.

Chisom Esther Aniemeka joins us as an Intern on the Nigeria Anti-Corruption and Criminal Justice Fund project. She previously worked as a legal practitioner at a top tier law firm and actively engaged in providing pro bono legal services to indigent persons. This gained her a place at Young Africa Leaders Initiative Regional Leadership Centre (YALI RLC), an initiative launched by the Barack Obama Administration. She also has experience in conducting research, monitoring and evaluation and freelance writing. Chisom holds a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. She was called to the Nigerian Bar in 2016 and currently enrolled at the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators of Nigeria (ICSAN).


The ICJ Fund has initiated a process of embedding impact evaluation (IE) of its new and on-going re-grant recipients. The objective of including this IE component in the ICJ Fund’s programming is to demonstrate whether the project goals and beneficiaries works. This is particularly helpful as grant requests might appear potentially promising before the implementation but fail to generate the expected impacts.

Therefore, TrustAfrica seeks a consultant to carry out an impact evaluation of one of its partners. The evaluation will be implemented as part of the series on “African Civil Society’s Roles in The Fight Against Impunity” – aimed at show casing the impact of CSOs on the impunity gap for atrocity crimes in Africa, which will in turn provide a platform for the evaluation of the Fund’s efforts to build the capacity of civil society groups and strengthen networks across regions. 

The evaluation is expected to generate relevant findings, lessons and recommendations which will be shared independently with stakeholders and the wider community; and then later synthesized as part of the CSO Advancing accountability series to be published as a book. This will be used as best practice to guide and inform the design of future activities.

By Briggs Bomba

Some have questioned whether Zimbabweans have any reason to celebrate the fall of President Robert Mugabe, and sentiments are divided over the meaning of this change to the struggle for democracy and their aspirations for a better future.

I argue that Zimbabweans have every reason to celebrate Mugabe's fall but that the bigger task is to use this opportunity to organize with more vigor for a more democratic and just Zimbabwe.

Further, I assert that Mugabe's fall creates a new cultural climate of which Zimbabweans must take advantage to launch a new era of invigorated civic organizing and citizen agency in the country.

TrustAfrica is an Africa-wide grantmaking foundation that is 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) taxexempt organization and has a location agreement with the government of Senegal. It has program presence in several African countries, maintains partnerships with several of Africa’s leading institutions, and has built a formidable reputation as a strategic grantmaker and an effective convener. Since 2006, TrustAfrica has supported well over 300 cutting-edge projects in 35 countries, with a focus on some of the most challenging countries which are often unreached by traditional funding institutions. TrustAfrica has a core staff from different countries, based in Dakar, Harare, Johannesburg, and Monrovia, and now has staff presence and a network of program advisors and consultants in all the sub-regions of the continent, as well as peer reviewers in over 20 African countries. 

Dakar, 18 oct (APS) - Les juridictions sénégalaises peuvent connaître des crimes internationaux commis hors du Sénégal depuis la modification en 2007 d’un article du code pénal sénégalais consacrant la compétence universelle de ses tribunaux, a soutenu, mercredi, à Dakar, Yousoupha Diallo, ancien procureur adjoint des Chambres africaines extraordinaires (CAE).
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