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Ghana News Agency
May 9, 2011

The Peasant Farmers Association of Ghana (PFAG), with support from TrustAfrica, an international donor organisation, has organised a day’s training workshop for leaders of small scale farms on budget process and advocacy.

The workshop, held in Accra over the weekend, was aimed at equipping the farmers with skills, which will enable them to take on their budget process effectively to ensure that their demands and interest were met in the annual national budgets.

Date: March 14–18, 2011
Location: Lilongwe, Malawi

Smallholder farmers and civil society leaders from six African nations gathered March 14–18 in Lilongwe, Malawi, for a five-day training workshop aimed at building an effective advocacy movement for sustainable and equitable agricultural development in Africa. TrustAfrica convened the workshop, which was held at the Crossroads Hotel with assistance from National Smallholder Farmers’ Association of Malawi, in order to sharpen the policy advocacy skills of participants.

Date: February 15–16, 2010
Location: Dakar, Senegal

In February 2010, we brought several African researchers together with staff from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to discuss our efforts to build an effective advocacy movement for sustainable and equitable agricultural development in Africa. The researchers are conducting scoping studies in six nations (Ghana, Mali, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and Malawi) with a total population of about 160 million.

TrustAfrica honored Nobel Laureates President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and Leymah Gbowee in a celebratory dinner in Monrovia, Liberia on the eve of their departure to Oslo.The dinner was held at the Monrovia City Hall on Monday, December 5, 2011. More than 150 guests attended, including the Vice-President of Liberia, other government representatives, members of the judiciary, Ambassadors from the United States and Sierra Leone, members of civil society and many others.

The Liberian President, Her Excellency Madame Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, has appointed Ezekiel Pajibo, TrustAfrica’s Project Director for the Liberia Civil Society Initiative, as a member of the Steering Committee of the National Vision Exercise. Mr. Pajibo, along with 18 other Liberians, are expected to guide the National Vision Exercise which seeks to solicit the views of all Liberian citizens in forming an inclusive vision for Liberia. Consultations will take place nationwide in five different regions of Liberia with President Johnson-Sirleaf gathering input on such issues as marginalization, governance, national identity, development, the land crisis, wealth creation and economy issues. The hope is to encourage all citizens to take ownership in the development and governance of their country over the next 18 years. The plan is to have the exercise completed by June 2012 and launched by July. For more information on the Liberia Civil Society Initiative, click here.

Inter-Religious Council Names Root Causes

The Daily Observer
January 19, 2011

By: Stephen Binda

Following months of scrupulous investigation and research on the causes and factors that led to the outbreak of violence in Lofa County, early last year, the Inter-Religious Council of Liberia (IRCL), has released its findings and recommendations.

IRCL is a member of Civic Society Organizations, working to harness peace and promote the tenets of good governance, peace and democracy.

Addressing a news conference yesterday in Monrovia, IRCL Secretary General, Mohammed Sherif Sr., said the group worked on a program entitled: “Liberia Peace-building and Democratization Program (LPBDP).”

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