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The Conference on Promoting International Co-operation in TCombating Illicit Financial Flows and Enhancing Asset Recovery to Foster Sustainable Development was held in Abuja, Nigeria from 5 – 7 June, 2017. The Conference was organized under the auspices of the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption (PACAC) in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Justice and Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

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The National Council for Tertiary Education (NCTE) in collaboration with the Ministry of Education and TrustAfrica, Senegal held a National Summit on Tertiary Education in Ghana on the theme: “Crafting a National Vision and Plan for the 21st Century” in Accra from November 2 to 4, 2016.

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Preamble

We, the participants, in the Nigeria Higher Education Summit on Exploiting Diversity, Differentiation, and Quality Assurance in Revitalising the Nigerian Higher Education System, gathered in Abuja, Nigeria on November 21-23, 2016, affirm our commitment to the objective of creating a national multi-stakeholders' platform to develop strategies for advancing the objectives of the African Union (AU) - adopted Declaration on African Higher Education through renewed commitment to promoting categorisation, legislation, service delivery and quality assurance, leveraging on ICT as driver of rapid and wider revitalisation and sustainable funding of higher education in Nigeria. In this connection, we enact the Nigerian Higher Education Charter hereunder set forth, and also Declare and Adopt the accompanying Action Plans for its actualization.

Born and raised between Mali and Senegal, Coumba Toure is the coordinator for Ashoka Africa Empathy Initiative. She is currently working on our Transforming Youth Years initiative, influencing edpucation systems to raise a new generation of changemakers globally. As a writer and a storyteller, she co-founded Sogoba Production, a social entreprise based in West Africa where she designs education material for children. She has extensive experience in facilitating meetings, engaging young people, and designing and implementing and evaluating training programs to promote human rights, especially for women. She has worked with many organizations such as the Institute for Popular Education in Mali, the 21st century youth leadership movement in Selma Alabama, and the Youth for Environmental Sanity in Santa Cruz California. She a feminist and board member of the Urgent Action Fund for Women Africa. She also serves as an advisor to the Global Fund for Women, to the New Field Foundation and to IDEX. She is a mother, a sister, and a daughter to many.

Tawanda is a lawyer, human rights advocate and Senior Director for Law and Policy at the Amnesty International Secretariat. He was formerly Global Director of Programs at the Open Society Foundations.  He trained in law at Harvard University, New York University and the University of Zimbabwe, and holds a management degree from the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg. He has worked for Oxfam Great Britain as a spokesman on African issues, and previously directed Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa. He contributes media articles in a number of outlets,   covering topics such as the rule of law, human rights and democracy.

Solange D. Zawadi is a sustainable international development practitioner with experience in development activities stretching from law and justice, academic administration, international cooperation, public health, and agricultural development. Most recently she worked as an administrator and project coordinator for the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) and as a consultant in partnership and policy engagement for the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) and Bioversity International in Rwanda. She is passionate about multi-stakeholders partnership management and worked with a wide range of public and private sector actors with a focus on improving agriculture-based livelihoods for smallholder farmers in East and Central Africa. Solange is fluent in French, English and Swahili. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Law from University of Rwanda and a Master’s degree in Sustainable International Development from Heller School for Social Policy and management at Brandeis University, Boston, USA.

Brenda Peace Amito joins Trust Africa as the Legal Officer with the International Criminal Justice Fund for Africa. She has extensive experience in human rights, transitional justice and mainstreaming gender in peace-building. She holds an LLM in Human Rights Law (with a specialization in international criminal justice), a Post Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice, and a Bachelor of Laws Degree. Brenda has extensive experience in project management and implementation, analytical report writing, knowledge management and dissemination, and effective communication. She has lead and coordinated transitional justice accountability and reparative projects and initiative in Uganda particularly in northern Uganda and Kasese with international and national organizations such Tulane ILLC, Avocats Sans Frontiérs; and Uganda Women Lawyers’ Association. Brenda has also consulted with institutions including Mercy Corps Uganda and Gulu District Local Government on organizational capacity building, and legislative drafting.

Job Title: Project Associate - Kiisi Trust Fund
Reports to: Project Director - Kiisi Trust Fund
Liaises with: TrustAfrica headquarters staff, and key partners
Job Location:   Rivers State, Nigeria
Application Deadline:  June 30th 2017

The day a grenade exploded at my feet should have scared   me. Instead, it made me more determined. One life lost cannot erase the memory of 40,000 who per-ished during the dictatorship of president Hissene Habre in Chad. Whether it was me or someone else, I knew that one day those who were stolen from their families, tortured and beaten, would see justice.

From 1982 until 1990, Habre ruled my country of birth, Chad, after coming to power through a military coup. Through fear and intim-idation, assisted by his secret police, the Documentation and Security Directorate (DDS), he rounded up thousands of citi-zens, many of whom were then killed or "disappeared," until he was deposed by another coup and exiled to Senegal. It would take nearly 30 years be-fore he was brought to trial.


Alioune Tine, Director, West and Central Africa Regional OfficePresident Alpha Conde, Chairman, African Union Amnesty International

Representatives from leading civil society organizations, professional associations, governments, African Union (AU), academia, and key media leaders in West Africa are scheduled to participate in a two-day consultation on the Malabo Protocol in Dakar from 2-3 May, 2017.

The Malabo Protocol or the “Protocol on Amendments to the Protocol on the Statute of the African Court of Justice and Human Rights” was adopted by AU Assembly of Heads of State and Government in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, in June 2014.

The Protocol extends the jurisdiction of the yet to be established African Court of Justice and Human Rights (ACJHR) to try crimes under international law and transnational crimes, meaning that, if and when the new court becomes operational, the international criminal law section of the court will serve as an African regional criminal court, operating in a manner akin to the International Criminal Court (ICC) but within a narrowly defined geographical scope, and over an expanded list of crimes.

The two-day consultation, which is on the theme “Understanding the Malabo Protocol: The potential, the pitfalls and the way forward”, is organized by Amnesty International, IHRDA, RADDHO, and TrustAfrica.

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