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TrustAfrica is enhancing independent coverage of the Habré Trial proceedings taking place in Dakar, Senegal. Since the trial began on 20 July 2015, TrustAfrica’s International Criminal Justice (ICJ) Fund has been working closely with a consortium of civil society organizations and law graduates to monitor, document, and share information on proceedings across various platforms. 

The ICJ Fund has mentored a group of law graduates from the Cheikh Anta Diop University (UCAD) in Dakar, Senegal, to monitor and provide daily reports on the proceedings. These reports are disseminated widely across various networks.

The work of these students provides an invaluable resource to activists and legal experts working on criminal justice issues in Africa and beyond. As the trial reopened on February 8, 2015 Le Monde newspaper highlighted TrustAfrica’s pioneering work in supporting documentation and monitoring of the groundbreaking trial. 

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The trial of former Chadian President, Hissène Habré, resumes today, February 8th, 2016, in Dakar, Senegal. The lawyers from both sides will be making their final oral arguments in a week expected to see proceedings come to a close before a verdict is given in May 2016.

The Habré trial reached a major milestone on December 15th, 2015, the day the last witness testified before the Extraordinary African Chambers (EAC) in Dakar, Senegal. The EAC was set up under an agreement between the Government of Senegal and the African Union with a mandate to try serious crimes allegedly committed in Chad between 1982 and 1990. 

 
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CONFÉRENCES RÉCENTES
Un nouvel élan en faveur de la justice pénale internationale
Le Fonds pour la justice pénale internationale (JPI) de TrustAfrica a organisé, les 26 et 27 mai 2015, la première d'une série de plusieurs rencontres panafricaines prévues cette année Cliquer ici pour en savoir plus...
Innover dans l'espace philanthropique africain
Un tournant décisif pour la philanthropie africaine 

L'AGN a finalement pu organiser, avec succès, son assemblée bi-annuelle à Arusha, en Tanzanie. Cette assemblée devait initialement se tenir à Accra en 2014, mais avec l'épidémie d'Ebola et l'interdiction des conférences internationales par le gouvernement ghanéen, les organisateurs n'avaient d'autre choix que de chercher un autre pays pour y tenir l'assemblée. L'attente en a valu la peine.  Cliquer ici pour en savoir plus....
Cordiale bienvenue
Nous sommes heureux d'annoncer que Bethule Nyamambi a rejoint le Bureau du programme de TrustAfrica. Elle est chargée des activités de plaidoyer de la Fondation en faveur de l'agriculture. Nous avons également le plaisir d'annonce l'arrivée d'El-Hadj Diallo au service financier de TA où il occupe le poste d'assistant- comptable; Paul Takow Takow a également rejoint la Fondation pour occuper le poste de Chargé de communication. Sunday Khan est le nouveau Directeur du programme par intérim. Pour en savoir plus sur notre équipe,cliquer ici.

Pour de plus amples informations sur les subventions, visiter notre base de données de subventions
 
Une invitation
A TrustAfrica, nous croyons que les Africains doivent  établir et diriger le programme de transformation de notre continent. En tant que fondation indépendante, nous nous appuyons sur votre soutien pour être encore plus fort et plus aptes à réaliser notre mission. Nous vous invitons vivement à 
faire un don à TrustAfricadès aujourd'hui. Merci ! 
TrustAfrica est une organisation régie par le paragraphe 501(c)(3) du Code fiscal des Etats-Unis. Elle a reçu la distinction GuideStar Exchange Seal. Les dons accordés à TrustAfrica sont déductibles d'impôt aux États-Unis dans toute la mesure permise par la loi.
 
Septembre 2015
Amis de TrustAfrica,
 
Nous avons le plaisir de vous faire part, dans cette édition de TrustAfrica Now, du travail que nous avons réalisé ces derniers mois avec nos partenaires. Ces derniers sont en train de réaliser des progrès dans la résolution de certaines des questions les plus difficiles auxquelles nous sommes confrontées, en proposant des réponses innovantes et en œuvrant à promouvoir la vision commune d'une gouvernance démocratique et réellement équitable.
 
Dans cet esprit, nous avions réuni lors d'un sommet à Dakar, au mois de mars dernier, plus de 500 responsables d'institutions d'enseignement, responsables gouvernementaux et représentants de la société civile pour imprimer une nouvelle direction à l'enseignement supérieur. A l'issue de ce sommet, une déclaration et un plan d'action ont été présentés et adoptés lors de la Conférence des Chefs d'Etat de l'Union africaine qui, au mois de juin dernier, avaient décidé de créer un comité composé de dix Chefs d'Etat chargés de proposer les prochaines étapes vers la revitalisation de l'enseignement supérieur à travers notre continent.
 
Parmi les autres événements passionnants organisés avec l'appui de TrustAfrica on peut noter la conférence qui avait réuni, au mois de mai dernier, des militants dotés d'une large expérience et engagés dans le plaidoyer pour la justice pénale internationale (JPI) en Afrique. Cette conférence a été organisée par notre Fonds de JPI.  Notons également le lancement de la campagne dénommée « Arrêter l'hémorragie » dont l'objectif est de mettre fin aux flux financiers illicites en provenance d'Afrique et estimés à environ 50 milliards de dollars chaque année, ce qui est une perte considérable à laquelle nous devons remédier.
 
Enfin, au mois de juillet, le Réseau philanthropique africain s'est réuni à Arusha pour voir comment créer une synergie entre les ressources humaines, les politiques et les pratiques qui permettent aux acteurs du développement de mieux déployer les dons de la philanthropie africaine pour mieux servir au développement du continent.
 
Je me réjouis des progrès considérables et constants décrits dans cette édition, en espérant que vous vous en réjouirez tout autant.
 
Tendai Murisa
Directeur exécutif de TrustAfrica
L'Afrique renouvelle son engagement en faveur de l'enseignement supérieur
Au mois de juin 2015, lors de la 25e session de l'Assemblée générale de l'Union africaine à Johannesburg, le président sénégalais, Son Excellence Macky Sall, avait proposé l'adoption, par les Chefs d'Etat africains, de la Déclaration et du Plan d'action du Sommet sur l'enseignement supérieur en Afrique. La Déclaration et le Plan d'action sont l'aboutissement d'un sommet organisé au mois de mars à Dakar et parrainé par TrustAfrica et ses partenaires. Cliquer ici pour en savoir plus ...
Campagne contre les flux financiers illicites en provenance d'Afrique
« Arrêter l'hémorragie: Campagne pour éliminer les flux financiers illicites en provenance d'Afrique » ! C'est le nom saisissant d'une nouvelle campagne lancée au mois de juin dernier. Cette initiative, qui cherche à mettre fin à ces énormes ressources monétaires qui sortent du continent, se veut une campagne enracinée dans des expériences africaines et renforcée par des liens de solidarité avec l'Afrique partout dans le monde. Elle est mise en œuvre par TrustAfrica et un groupe d'organisations africaines de la société civile dans le but de mobiliser les étudiants et les jeunes, les syndicats et les mouvements sociaux de base en vue de faire entendre leurs voix pour le changement. Cliquer ici pour en savoir plus...
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Advancing International Criminal Justice
On 26 and 27 May, 2015
TrustAfrica's International Criminal Justice (ICJ) Fund hosted the first in a series of pan­African convenings it is organizing this year for advocacy and human rights groups on best practices in advancing international criminal justice on the continent. This meeting took place in Dakar, Senegal on the theme "Engaging with International Criminal Justice in Africa: Lessons Learned in Mobilization and Advocacy". 
Innovating in Africa's Philanthropic space
A Watershed Moment for African Philanthropy 
Tendai Murisa

The AGN finally managed to successfully host its bi-annual assembly in Arusha, Tanzania. The assembly was initially supposed to have been held in Accra in 2014 but the Ebola outbreak and the Government of Ghana's subsequent ban on International Conferences left the organizers with no choice but to look for an alternative venue. It was worth waiting for. The discussions that took place focused on the significance of the emergent African philanthropy sector, its aspirations without being naïve to the potential constraints and pitfalls in the African and global context and the role of African philanthropy in promoting social justice across sectors. In this article I will focus on some of the difficult conversations that took place regarding the space, role and future of African philanthropy.

A Warm Welcome

We are pleased to announce that Bethule Nyamambi
has joined the programme team. She leads the Foundation's agricultural advocacy work. El-hadj Diallo has joined the finance unit as the accounting assistant and Paul Takow Takow has joined as Communications Officer. Sunday Khan now serves as the Interim Programme Director. Read more aboutour staff.

For information on 
recent grants please visit our grants database.

 

September 2015
Friends of TrustAfrica,
 
With this issue of TrustAfrica Now, we are pleased to share some of the latest work we've been doing with our partners these past months. They are making headway on some of the toughest issues we face, mounting creative responses and advancing a shared vision of democratic governance and truly equitable development.

In this spirit, we convened over 500 leaders from education, government and civil society in Dakar in March to chart a new course for higher education. Since then, the summit's declaration and action plan has been presented and adopted at the African Union heads of state meeting, which in June resolved to establish a committee made up of ten heads of state who will propose the next steps for revitalizing higher education across our continent.

Other galvanizing events TrustAfrica has supported includes a summit of seasoned activists advocating for international criminal justice in Africa hosted by our ICJ Fund in May; and the launch of the "Stop the Bleeding" campaign which seeks to curb the illegal departure each year of some US$50 billion from Africa, a staggering loss that we must reverse.
And in July, the African Philanthropy Network met in Arusha to examine how to harness people, policy and practice to improve African giving for Africa's development.

I take heart at the important, steady advances described below, and hope you will too.
 
Tendai Murisa
Executive Director
TrustAfrica
Renewing Africa's commitment to Higher Education
In June 2015, at the 25th session of the General Assembly of the African Union in Johannesburg, President Macky Sall of Senegal tabled the African Higher Education Summit Declaration and Action Plan for adoption by African Heads of State. The declaration and plan was the result of a March summit in Dakar that was sponsored by TrustAfrica and its partners. Read more...
Campaigning to curb Illicit Financial Flows
"Stop the Bleeding: Campaign to End Illicit Financial Flows from Africa" is the attention-grabbing name of a new campaign launched in June. Aimed at halting the enormous outflow of the continent's monetary resources, the initiative is envisaged as a campaign rooted in African experiences and reinforced by global Africa solidarity linkages. It is being carried out by TrustAfrica and a group of African civil society organisations with the aim of mobilising students and youth, trade unions and grassroots social movements to raise their voices for change. Read more... 

An Invitation

At TrustAfrica, we believe that Africans must set the agenda for--and lead--our continent's transformation. As an independent foundation, we are made stronger and more able to deliver on our mission with your support. We warmly invite you tomake a donation today. We thank you.

 

 

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FOR most of us here in Africa what we know has always been defined by what others know or rather what they think they know about us. Externally generated forms of knowledge and paradigms tend to shape what is possible for us as people and as nations. At TrustAfrica, we believe that higher education should be a critical engine for redefining and repositioning ourselves for shared economic growth and social progress. We realize that our future and that of the next generation depends on improving the quality and relevance of higher education to ensure that it adequately responds to the challenges that we face as a continent. This e-book presents some important thinking that can potentially contribute towards specific actions that need to be taken and hopefully help us forge this new future.

Aicha Bah Diallo Chair TrustAfrica 

The fund was established by the Open Society, MacArthur and Ford Foundations to aid the current Nigerian government in its campaign to fight corruption and institute criminal justice reforms. It aims to contribute towards the advancement of accountability and probity in public service in Nigeria by ensuring that those who abuse the public trust are predictably brought to justice. TrustAfrica oversees and administers the fund’s activities. 

Nigeria is the largest economy in Africa and the new administration has demonstrated strong political will in tackling corruption. The fund is supporting that effort by looking at innovative ways to use technologies like social media and citizen participation to increase public opprobrium for corruption. We are collaborating with partners to build synergies, in some cases providing support for institutional capacity building. Future plans may focus on criminal justice reform and other activities, including the establishment of a civil society–government monitoring partnership and assessing the risk of corruption and capacity gaps in institutions that focus on anticorruption and criminal justice. The fund is also looking beyond legal and institutional reform and international processes to influencing behavior at local and national levels.


Background

The Anti-Corruption and Criminal Justice Reform Fund in Nigeria (the Fund) is a two-year, multi-donor initiative established by the Ford, Open Society and MacArthur Foundations (the Foundations) in order to support the current Nigerian administration in its resolve to fight corruption and its underlying factors as well as institute criminal justice reform. As fiscal manager, TrustAfrica oversees the management and administration of the Fund in close and robust liaison with the Foundations and the Nigerian Presidency. The Fund was established in mid-2015 to contribute towards the advancement of probity and accountability in public service in Nigeria and ensure that those who indulge in the abuse of public trust are predictably brought to justice.

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ROYNF (Robert and Yeranda Nkosi Foundation) is a micro level incremental innovation complemented by comparative data which seeks to raise learning outcomes by developing a language appropriate participative learning model.  The ROYNF approach is compatible with Uganda’s national Thematic Curriculum, and yet distinct, in that, it features pupils’student group work, application in private schools, and kinaesthetic/participative activities.  While these might not be new ideas, their application in this context is innovative.  This project targets Lumasaaba language speakers, but the approach should be useful in other languages, as well.

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The MECPK project has evolved significantly since its first iteration. It now includes the review, revision, and implementation of the Reading for Comprehension methodology (RfC), teacher training in that revised methodology, the use of an improved student learning assessment tool, comparison of learning outcomes to baseline and to a control group, increased parental support, and the establishment of local libraries.  

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ELEP (Early Learning Enhancement Project), a micro level incremental innovation complemented by comparative data, seeks to raise learning outcomes by engaging and empowering community education stakeholders to produce context-specific strategies, training events and learning innovations which address the realities of each individual project school. This is done by an annual cycle of assessment, analysis of resultant data, stakeholder interaction, creation of a work plan, and community action.  This cycle addresses learning outcomes as well as school management and school environment.

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