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
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).”
TrustAfrica Program Director Arrives Today
8 November 2010
The Program Director of TrustAfrica, Dr. Bhekinkosi Moyo, is expected in the country today on a one-day assessment visit to Liberia. During the course of the visit, Dr. Moyo is expected to meet with various partners that are receiving support from TrustAfrica in order to gain an appreciation of the level of gains partners have made, their attendant challenges as well as ascertain potential entry points as TrustAfrica begins preparation for the second phase of the Liberia program. Dr. Moyo, who is a Zimbabwean national, has extensive expertise in philanthropy, civil society and governance in Africa. He previously worked with the Africa Institute in South Africa and also the Institute for Democracy In South Africa (IDASA).
TrustAfrica is featured in this article about civic participation in Liberia's poverty reduction strategy
The Daily Observer
August 12, 2009
By: Leroy M. Sonpon III
GBARNGA, BONG COUNTY—More than 500 leaders including youths, women, elders and traditional chiefs from Bong, Nimba, Margibi and Lofa counties are expected to converge at Bong County’s Administrative Building in Gbarnga to partake in the third interactive regional forum on the government’s Poverty Reduction Strategy (PRS).
TrustAfrica is featured in this article about youth engagement and community empowerment in Liberia.
July 22, 2009
NAYMOTE Partners for Democratic Development on Friday, July 17, 2009 officially launched its Trust Africa and Humanity United project in Salala District, Bong County under the theme: Community Empowerment through Youth Driven Initiatives.
Bong County Junior Senator Franklin O. Siakor officially launched the project and told participants that there can be no peace in any country without democracy, stressing that countries that are going through wars ,are most likely places where leaders have problems in institutionalizing genuine democratic practices and principles.
New Fund Will Engage Civil Society in the Battle to Stop Illicit Financial Flows from Africa
DAKAR, January 31, 2013 – According to a report by the organization Global Financial Integrity, if Africa were able to stop the financial flows pouring from the continent, it would have more than enough to wipe out its external debt of about $250 billion (as of 2008). Illicit financial flows in Africa, which include drug smuggling, tax evasion, over-invoicing and underpricing is a problem that stems from collusion between governments and multinational corporations and is made worse by a lack of expertise on how to negotiate a mutually beneficial arrangement and by a lack of accountability.
In collaboration with the Institute for Global Dialogue, we recently brought together 10 of our partner organizations for a convening on economic governance in Africa. Held in Pretoria, South Africa, on March 29–30, 2010, the gathering provided an opportunity for this community of experts to discuss a scoping study about the field and to strengthen the proposals they have submitted to TrustAfrica through informal peer review. Participants also identified ways to collaborate across thematic and regional areas and kept abreast of developments in other regions.
Learn more about the objectives, proceedings, and outcomes of this event by reading the workshop report in our Publications database.
“Africa Investment Horizons”, a new documentary film funded in part by TrustAfrica, will have its première on April 29 at the New York Stock Exchange. The film shows the tremendous gains being made in Africa’s vibrant emerging markets and proves one surprising fact—that the highest rate of return on direct investment is found on the continent most people think of as an economic wasteland.
With the current U.S. economic downturn, investors are looking for new markets. This one-hour documentary, produced by Carol Pineau, director and producer of the award-winning documentary, “Africa Open for Business”, shows that Africa may be the next untapped investment destination.
Date: Nov. 25–28, 2002
Location: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
In this workshop, participants from across the continent analyzed the strengths and weaknesses of existing attempts at regional integration, both economic and otherwise. They also debated ways civil society might strengthen these efforts through research, advocacy, networking, and communications. Many speakers emphasized the importance of making the processes and institutions associated with regional integration more responsive to the needs of people. Before returning home, the participants proposed a broad framework, with many concrete elements, that guides TrustAfrica’s work in this area.
Read the summary report (pdf) in our Publications database under "Workshops and Convenings."