TrustAfrica’s grantee, Victor Ochen, who directs the African Youth Initiative Network (AYINET) in Uganda, was invited by the International Criminal Court to attend the pre-trial hearing of its case against former Lord Resistance Army commander Dominic Ongwen in the Hague.
The New York Times (in an AP story on 26 Jan 2015) reported that:
Victor Ochen, director of a group called the African Youth Initiative Network, was in the court's public gallery to watch Ongwen's appearance and said his status as a former child soldier should not overshadow Ongwen's acts as a senior commander in a group notorious for sexual enslavement, mutilations and kidnapping tens of thousands of victims.
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Published in Myjoyonline.com
Some farmer representatives have poured their frustrations at government for failing to prioritize the sector.
At a programme organised by the Peasant Farmers Association of Ghana (PFAG) and SEND Ghana to take stock of the 2014 agriculture season, some frustrated farmers narrated how their produce have been left to rot in the market due to lack of market and storage facilities.
Published in Alliance magazine
The unburied dead, small change and the questionability of old men’s wisdom: on the eve of stepping down as executive director of TrustAfrica, an organization he founded some eight years ago, these are among the preoccupations of Akwasi Aidoo. Caroline Hartnell talked to him and to his successor, Tendai Murisa, about how each sees the change and what lies ahead for African foundations. What has been accomplished over the last decade and what comes next?
Dr Tendai Murisa2nd Executive Director of TrustAfrica
On behalf of the Board of Trustees of TrustAfrica, it is my great pleasure to announce that Dr. Tendai Murisa will become the Executive Director of TrustAfrica, starting from October 2014.
We are very delighted to have found a leader who brings considerable intellectual acumen, energy and deep commitment to the vision, mission, values and principles that undergird the work of TrustAfrica.
The selection of Dr. Murisa comes after a very broad international search, handled by the firm Perrett Laver and overseen by the Leadership Transition Committee of the TrustAfrica Board. He was selected from a pool of over 300 applicants from within and outside Africa. The search process also involved input from many of TrustAfrica’s partner organizations, and we are grateful to them for that.
Dr. Murisa is currently the Director of Programs at TrustAfrica and also coordinates TrustAfrica’s work on illicit financial flows from Africa and agriculture advocacy. He holds a BSc in Political Science and Administration from the University of Zimbabwe, an MA in Development Studies from the University of Leeds in the UK, and a PhD in Development Studies from Rhodes University. Dr Murisa began his career in 1998 with the University of Zimbabwe as a researcher at the Poverty Reduction Forum before moving to Africa 2000 as a Projects Manager, and subsequently to the African Institute for Agrarian Studies as Regional Program Manager in 2005. He has published widely in international journals on African development issues, and steered many partnership efforts for inclusive development in Africa.
Article from Inside Philanthropy
There are a lot of problems that ail the African continent. Extreme poverty, conflict, water and sanitation issues, and food insecurity are all concerns that receive a good deal of attention from funders and NGOs. Corruption, too, has been a major focus of grantmaking that we've written about here.
But one niche in the corruption field that we haven't talked about much is illicit financial flows. The Ford Foundation is among those funders that care about Africa’s dirty money problem, and it recently made a $3 million grant to back TrustAfrica’s advocacy efforts in this area.
By Sue-Lynn Moses