African Civil Society Support Initiative: 2nd Cohort Grantee Announcement

July 8, 2024

TrustAfrica is pleased to announce the 2024 awardees for the African Civil Society Support Initiative (ACSI). The initiative was created as a response to the adverse impact of COVID-19 back in 2021 but remains relevant in this time where the world is faced with a multifaceted crisis, with issues ranging from conflicts, natural disasters, economic hardships and a decline in civic space. Civil society groups operating  in these  uncertain environments are faced with challenges in diversifying funding and securing flexible funding for day to day operations. ACSI is coming in to minimize that gap by providing an ecosystem of support to promising and agile civil society organizations to sustain their operations, strengthen collaborative networks and continue their important work in policy advocacy, advancing gender justice, financial inclusion and health equity. This is the second round of grant awards, and the focus countries are Ethiopia, Kenya, Nigeria, Burkina Faso and Senegal. After a rigorous selection process, five (5) organizations, one from each focus country was awarded the grants in the range of US$60,000-US$120,000 for a 12–18-month period. 

TrustAfrica hosted the Partners Inception convening from the 5th-6th June in Akosombo Ghana for this new group. This was an opportunity to introduce TrustAfrica, the initiative and to get to know the partner organizations. The space was also utilized to have some teach-ins on valuable concepts around feminist leadership principles and nurturing organizational wellness practices which focused on the holistic wellbeing of the employee that is showing up to carry out the important work every day in our organizations.

Conversations got deeper as we delved into a reflection exercise on the civic space and how to build resilient organizations. The partners were also introduced to the Community of Practice (CoP) which was initiated with  the first cohort as a way of  nurturing peer-to-peer learning exchanges and networking through this platform. The CoP has provided the opportunity for cross pollination of ideas and experiences. It has also been an avenue for access to new knowledge and learnings as well as sharing of best practices.  

TrustAfrica recognizes the value, strength and expertise that national and regional civil society organizations bring to the policy advocacy landscape hence this fund comes in to provide the required unrestricted core support to function and respond to the needs of their communities. This was echoed by the Programs Director, Mr Briggs Bomba at the convening  as he said ‘Those who are closest to the problems that we are seeking to solve, should be at the centre of defining the solutions that we want to champion”  and that is what we facilitate as an institution. 

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