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Wednesday, 5 Aug 2020 9pm Senegal, 5pm NY 2pm CA Bring your hearts to Africa's Youth The Future is Here. Free live concert on behalf of @communiytimmunity.org Africa is home to the world's largest youth population. Imagine what we can do together. Join the #music - Share and prepare to donate. Create a world where we all thrive! http://Twitch.tv/dashradio TrustAfrica, Southern Africa Trust, Africa Philanthropy Network

Immunity Through Unity

Our latest Pan-African collaboration is the Community Immunity Initiative which is born of the core values of Ubuntu that we hold so dearly at TrustAfrica. The pandemic has reminded us that nobody is safe until everybody is safe. So in close collaboration with our partners, Southern African Trust and African Philanthropy Network, we are working on a global campaign to mobilise support for communities most at risk of being left behind. Please join us in ensuring that the most vulnerable are supported and no one has to be left behind today and in the future.

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The Civil Society Hub (CSOHUB-Africa), a foremost online community of nonprofit practitioners – individual and organizations, aware of the bigger challenges, proposed a Tweet Chat for its members on concrete ways that they can cope with the Covid19 challenge. The Chat addressed the following issues: managing existing grants, HR issues, finance and contracts issues and managing the working from home nuances.

To read the full discussions, please click here.

 

At TrustAfrica,we have established the COVID-19 Africa Solidarity Fund, the proceeds from which will be used to support Emergency Response Units deployed in several countries across the African continent, to help curb the spread of this pandemic.

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Background
From its conception as a Tribunal to its current form as a Community Court, the ECOWAS Court ofJustice (ECCJ) stands as one of the most transformed international courts in terms of functions,structure, and processes

Established under Article 6 and 15 of the Revised Treaty of Economic Community of West African States, (“ECOWAS”); the ECCJ – the sole judicial organ of the community; initially had a very limited mandate to settle disputes arising out of the treaty as they related to states and institutions of the commission. However, the ECCJ has since evolved from an inter-governmental dispute settlement mechanism into a community court with an expanded mandate and jurisdiction including; an Advisory jurisdiction, contentious jurisdiction, and competence in matters of adjudication.

Gladys Madara joined TrustAfrica in August 2014 as a Program Associate for Zimbabwe Alliance after spending a year and a half as a program consultant for the same project. She previous worked for the National Association of Youth Organisations in Zimbabwe which focused on Peace Building and Conflict Transformation. While with the organization, she started a number of youth initiatives on gender issues which she has a keen interest in. She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Health Education and Promotion from the University of Zimbabwe. She speaks fluent English.

The Kiisi Trust was established in 2009 as part of a United States Federal Court Settlement. The settlement arose out of a lawsuit against the Royal Dutch Shell Company by survivors and family members of the people who were victims of human rights abuses arising out of Shell’s Nigerian Operations in Ogoniland in Rivers state, Nigeria. 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 Shell’s operations in Ogoniland. 

The settlement is recognised as a victory for human rights and environmental justice in Nigeria and as a pivotal step towards holding corporations accountable for complicity in human rights violations, wherever they may be committed.  At the time of the settlement, the Ogoni plaintiffs released a statement urging “our people to cherish and nourish the Kiisi Trust because it should stand as one legacy of the labours of our heroes past.” The word Kiisi means ''progress'' in Ogoni Language.

The Kiisi Trust Fund is managed as a donor advised fund (DAF) by TrustAfrica on behalf of the Kiisi Trust Fund trustees in Nigeria. The Trust Fund is dedicated to the benefit of the Ogoni people in Nigeria and will focus on initiatives for education, health, community development, educational endowments, skills development, agricultural development, women’s programmes, small enterprise support, and adult literacy. The Trust Fund will administer a community-based approach to its work to process, identify and assess potential grantees, develop grant dockets for approval, and conduct monitoring and evaluation on grantees.


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