This December 2015 report from Global Financial Integrity, “Illicit Financial Flows from Developing Countries: 2004-2013,” finds that developing and emerging economies lost US$7.8 trillion in illicit financial flows from 2004 through 2013, with illicit outflows increasing at an average rate of 6.5 percent per year—nearly twice as fast as global GDP.
The global community of development practitioners should take pride in the achievement of a consensus move from the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) to the SDGs. The process has not been smooth. There are still disagreements regarding the priorities, and on the naming and framing of problems. Criticisms still abound on how the goals and decisions were finally made.
The SDGs will be put in place with other regionally agreed development protocols, such as the accord that emerged from the Paris Climate Change Conference of Parties (COP) and global initiatives for food security and improved access to medicines.
Professor Sam Moyo is no more. He died on November 21 following a tragic road accident the day before in New Delhi, India. Sam was there to participate in a conference on Labor Issues in the Global South. His death robs Africa of a towering intellectual giant.
TrustAfrica is supporting a group of Senegalese law students to monitor the trial of former Chadian President Hissène Habré in order to ensure there is an independent platform of informed actors who can provide accurate and timely analysis of the proceedings, and share this information with a wide audience.
Dakar le 01 Octobre 2015 – La Fondation TrustAfrica (TA), en collaboration avec l’Institut de Recherche et de Promotion des Alternatives de Développement en Afrique (IRPAD/Afrique) et le Réseau de Développement et de Communications des Femmes Africaines (FEMNET), organisent les 07 et 08 Octobre 2015, à Dakar (Sénégal), sous la présidence du ministre sénégalais de la Justice, M. Sidiki KABA, une rencontre pour le lancement de la campagne de l’Afrique francophone contre les flux financiers illicites (FFI). Cet événement intervient à la suite du lancement officiel de la campagne continentale Arrêtons l’hémorragie pour mettre fin aux flux financiers illicites en provenance d’Afrique, qui avait été organisée les 24 et 25 Juin 2015, à Nairobi, au Kenya par Tax Justice Network Africa (TJN-A), TrustAfrica (TA) et Third World Network Africa (TWN-A).
On July 20th, 2015, the trial of former Chadian President Hissène Habré began before the Extraordinary African Chambers in Dakar, Senegal. Habré is accused of crimes against humanity, war crimes, and torture. The alleged crimes were committed during Habré’s regime from 1982 to 1990, when an estimated 40,000 people are reported to have died or disappeared.
We congratulate Nobel Peace Prize nominee Victor Ochen on his nomination as the Global Goals Ambassador for Peace and Justice (SDG 16)
Trust Africa is delighted to join the Global Goals Campaign, the Government of Uganda, Civil Society Organisations, the United Nations, and countless others in congratulating Victor Ochen on his appointment as the Global Goals Ambassador for Peace and Justice.
On September 7th, 2015, former Chadian President, Hissène Habré, returns to court to face trial on charges of crimes against humanity, war crimes and torture. The alleged crimes were committed during his time in power from 1982 to 1990. An estimated 40,000 people are reported to have died or disappeared under his regime.
Hissène Habré fell from power after a military coup in 1990. He has been living in exile in Senegal since December 1990. His trial before the Extraordinary African Chambers in the Senegalese courts crowns a hard-won battle led by victims’ groups and human rights activists all over the world. This is no small performance. It took over 20 years to bring this case before the Senegalese courts to hold Habré accountable for the crimes perpetrated under his rule.
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.
A Watershed Moment for African Philanthropy
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.