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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.

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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... 

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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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The FDK (Federation Dimbaya Kanyalen) project aims to raise reading outcomes by implementing a micro level reading skills acquisition approach, Stratégie Active pour la Réusite d’une Ecole Novatrice (SARENA), intended originally to be complemented by comparative data.  The SARENA approach is designed for French speaking students in their first two years of primary school.  SARENA uses a very global methodology, in that, it heavily features word shape and text memorization.  Development of decoding skills is less stressed.  For the sake of external relations, the district-level academic inspectorate received additional training and was made responsible for monitoring, despite its recognized inability to perform well in this capacity.  FDK also features community/parental involvement through the acquisition and use of mobile phones to facilitate communication between teachers and parents.  Other partners include the Bureau Artichaut of Dakar which provides training and materials for SARENA. 

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This EMiLe project (Education Multi-Langue) aims to raise learning outcomes by developing and implementing a multilingual education (MLE) transfer curriculum which first enables children to acquire reading, writing and math skills in a familiar language.  The curriculum then teaches the children to apply those learning skills, concepts, and attitudes to learning and functioning in the official language, French.  This innovation currently functions on the micro level (complimented by comparative data) and is disruptive in that no such curriculum currently exists in Senegal, or in many countries of West Africa.  (EMiLe could also be understood as incremental in that MLE in east Africa is the policy norm, though rarely implemented.)

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The NBDCK (National Book Development Council of Kenya) project aims to raise reading outcomes by offering extracurricular reading opportunities to public school children in the Kisii area of western Kenya. This is a micro level incremental innovation which originally included comparison to a control group, but this is no longer the case.  Grade six students (‘mentors’) are trained to read with grade 1 and 2 students (‘buddies’) during informal small group sessions supervised by teachers trained to this end. The groups sessions are held 2-4 times weekly on school grounds immediately after the school day.  Both mentors and buddies benefit, as mentors guide their group of 4-5 buddies through a reading process that includes picture reading, prediction, choral reading and mentors reading aloud to buddies.

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