Challenging orthodoxies in economic thinking in Africa
TrustAfrica (TA) and the Institute for Economic Justice (IEJ) are pleased to announce a three-day convening on Challenging Orthodoxies in Economic Thinking in Africa: Exploring Alternatives. The convening, which is supported by the Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA)
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TrustAfrica is pleased to join the Research Laboratory in Economic and Social Sciences (LARSES) of UASZ, the Research Laboratory on Institutions and Growth (LINC) of UCAD and the Laboratory of Applied Economics and Modelling (LEAM) of UAM in organizing an international symposium on AMILCAR CABRAL: Fifty Years Later.
The symposium will take place from 19 to 21 January 2023 at the Assane Seck University of Ziguinchor, Senegal.
The world is on fire. There is no more denying what we are seeing and what we are experiencing. Whether we are reeling from the impact of the climate crisis in Brazil, or the compounded effects of systemic racism against people of African descent and indigenous, people in the United States, or whether the Ukraine-Russia crisis and the rise in the military complex is affecting the price of bread for low-income families in Africa. The urgency of this global moment calls for urgency in how we walk alongside and support communities most at risk from the multiplicity of crises we are facing. Women and communities of African descent are increasingly at the forefront of bearing the brunt of these crises. Within this context, how then can a philanthropic system that is socially distanced from lived realities be reimagined in a way that inspires society out of crisis at this moment?
As the world grapples with the critical task of “building forward better” in the wake of COVID-19 and the current geo-political crises, social movements around the world are actively exploring alternative ways of doing (and being) in relation to social, political, environmental, and economic rights. In Africa, for example, activists and social movements from 30 different African countries recently gathered in Johannesburg, South Africa for the 2022 “African Social Movement Baraza”....
TrustAfrica is pleased to announce the successful grantees for 2022 for the African Civil Society Support Initiative. This was after a call for applications that was issued early in the year that set out to provide core operational support for civil society organisations demonstrating a good record of accomplishment, especially in relation to policy advocacy and in elevating women’s voices on health and development concerns in Africa. Initial project countries selected were Ethiopia, Kenya, Nigeria and Burkina Faso.
TrustAfrica has paid glowing tribute to Dr Blade Nzimande, the Minister of Higher Education, Science and Technology of South Africa, on Friday 21 October 2022. TrustAfrica honoured him with a symbolic gift in recognition of his immense contribution to the African development project. Dr Nzimande is a great Pan-Africanist who has dedicated his whole life to his country and the African continent. He was in Dakar, Senegal, as part of PanAfrika – the Postgraduate University for Policy Studies in Africa, an initiative of SAPES TRUST. He participated in a two-days Consultative and Planning Meeting, held in Dakar, 20-21 October 2022, with
There is no question that we are living in unprecedented times. The past three years, marked by the onset of Covid-19, were an era on their own. While a global challenge, the notion of the pandemic as the “great equaliser” was a complete myth; indeed, it reinforced and deepened the existing systemic structures of violence and injustice, with disproportionate impacts on women, gender diverse persons, persons with disabilities, informal workers and people of colour.
The African landscape of philanthropy is embedded in a particularly traditional historical context. In West Africa, in addition to tradition, the religious dimension of philanthropy is important in the sense that a very large proportion of practices are motivated by beliefs due to membership in a religious community.