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The National War Victims’ Conference in Kampala, Uganda, will take place on May 28-30, 2014 at the Imperial Royal Hotel. The objective of the conference is to strengthen victims’ participation in Transitional Justice processes, and build nationwide solidarity around victims’ rights. The conference takes place ahead of the adoption of a National Transitional Justice policy for Uganda.

The conference will convene stakeholders from all sectors of society who are engaged in transitional justice processes, including the government, civil society and development partners. It plans to unite 100 victims from all Ugandan regions and over 30 victims from other African countries. Several ministers and other members of the Ugandan government will also speak at the event. Invited guests (to be confirmed) to address the plenary include:

  • H.E. President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni
  • Video message from His Grace Archbishop Desmond Tutu,
  • H.E. Mary Robinson (Former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and Former President of the Republic of Ireland),
  • Professor Jeremy Sarkin, Attorney of the High Court of South Africa and human rights scholar,
  • Justice James Ogala (Chairman of the Transitional Justice Working Group and Chairman of the Judicial Service Commission,
  • And many others.

The National War Victims’ Conference in Kampala, Uganda, will take place on May 28-30, 2014 at the Imperial Royal Hotel. The objective of the conference is to strengthen victims’ participation in Transitional Justice processes, and build nationwide solidarity around victims’ rights. The conference takes place ahead of the adoption of a National Transitional Justice policy for Uganda.

The conference will convene stakeholders from all sectors of society who are engaged in transitional justice processes, including the government, civil society and development partners. It plans to unite 100 victims from all Ugandan regions and over 30 victims from other African countries. Several ministers and other members of the Ugandan government will also speak at the event. Invited guests (to be confirmed) to address the plenary include:

  • H.E. President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni
  • Video message from His Grace Archbishop Desmond Tutu,
  • H.E. Mary Robinson (Former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and Former President of the Republic of Ireland),
  • Professor Jeremy Sarkin, Attorney of the High Court of South Africa and human rights scholar,
  • Justice James Ogala (Chairman of the Transitional Justice Working Group and Chairman of the Judicial Service Commission,
  • And many others.

TrustAfrica, Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) and Third World Network- Africa, with financial support from Ford Foundation, held a two-day Consultative Roundtable on ‘Mending the Leakages: Africa’s Battle against Illicit Financial Flows,’ at Sheraton Hotel Abuja, Nigeria from 25-26 March, 2014. The primary objective of the roundtable was to expand and deepen knowledge on the issue of illicit financial flows and their role in inhibiting Africa’s growth.

“It’s not a matter of numbers, it’s a matter of conception, a matter of understanding substantive equality and the power dynamic in society. In many parts of the African continent we come from a patriarchal structure and that flows out into everyday life. Philanthropy and power can’t be delinked from the issue of identity, and whose identity allows them to have a bigger say is critical.”

By Chris de la Torre

When you ask Halima Mahomed if women indeed represent 70% of the world’s poor, she’ll tell you not to be worried so much with the exact number, but rather to acknowledge that women do make up the majority of those who bear the brunt of poverty, discrimination and marginalisation. Mahomed attributes this to an imbalance of power, admitting the need for a more activist agenda that puts women in decision making positions both personally and in society.

 

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Photo courtesy Alliance magazine

 

TrustAfrica, the Working Group of Philanthropy for Social Justice and Peace (PSJP) and the African Grantmakers Network, in collaboration with the Global Fund for Community Foundations and the Arab Foundations Forum are pleased to share three discussion papers that were developed specifically for the convening "Developing a Collective Framework and Agenda to Advance Social Justice Philanthropy in Africa and the Arab Region" which took place right before the bi-annual African Grantmakers Network meeting in Johannesburg, South Africa in October-November, 2012.  These working papers are part of a broader set of upcoming reflections on social justice philanthropy in Africa.

Cde Khaya-Moyo addresses delegates at a Bulawayo Hotel yesterday.

Cde Khaya-Moyo addresses delegates at a Bulawayo Hotel yesterday.

Prosper Ndlovu Senior Reporter


THE Senior Minister of State, Cde Simon Khaya Moyo, has challenged academics and civic society to steer debate around the ideals of the new economic blueprint, the Zimbabwe Agenda for Socio-Economic Transformation (Zim-Asset). Delivering his keynote address while officially opening the Government-Civic Society Special Conference on Zimbabwe’s future in Bulawayo yesterday evening, Cde Khaya Moyo said Zim-Asset, which draws inspiration from the winning Zanu-PF manifesto, provides a template for all developmental efforts in the country up to the next elections and beyond.

CIVIL society and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) converged in Bulawayo yesterday at the beginning of a three-day conference to discuss strategies of how to engage the new Zanu PF administration following its resounding July 31 general elections win.

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Most civil society and NGOs have widely been perceived by Zanu PF as appendages of the West seeking to effect regime change, despite constant denials.

The gathering runs under the theme “Zimbabwe: Present Realities and Future Prospects” and is being attended by civil society organisations, NGOs, government officials and academics.

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Story By Saidu Bah

Stakeholders from Mano River Union (MRU) countries comprising Sierra Leone, Liberia, Guinea and Cote d’Ivoire yesterday commenced a two-day dialogue forum on elections, youth violence and conflict prevention at the Bintumani Hotel in Freetown.

The stakeholder’s dialogue is supported by UNESCO through its office in Ghana, Trust Africa in Liberia, Campaign for Good Governance, Action Aid and the Centre for the Coordination of Youth Activities in Sierra Leone.

Poor public services in many West African countries, with already dire human development indicators, are under constant pressure from pervasive corruption. Observers say graft is corroding proper governance and causing growing numbers of people to sink into poverty.

“If you want to put a human face to corruption… then see how we have kids who walk miles to school because there are no public transport systems,” said Harold Aidoo, the executive director of the Institute for Research and Democratic Development in Monrovia, the Liberian capital.

“You see women and mothers who give birth and die because there are no basic drugs or equipment at the hospitals, and no qualified or trained health professionals. You realize that many of our impoverished populations do not have access to clean drinking water,” he said.

More West African countries were perceived to be highly corrupt in 2013 than the previous year due to the effects of political instability in countries such as Mali, Guinea and Guinea-Bissau, according to the corruption index compiled by the global watchdog, Transparency International.

 


Philanthropy as Active Citizenship 

Neville Gabriel 
 
A prominent philanthropy platform executive wondered aloud with me whether my commitment to social justice activism could be a hindrance to facilitating the practice of major philanthropists. The worlds of philanthropy and social justice often seem worlds apart. This may be one of the strongest unresolved tensions that strain the emergence of the field of African philanthropy within a global community of practice: how to do philanthropy in a situation where social and economic justice matters greatly. 
 
The philanthropic sphere has come across as the preserve of an elite set of very smart and well-connected people who quietly and comfortably go about doing great things to make life better for others – often behind the scenes and without causing too much trouble. Philanthropy has, until recently, been identified with an elite club of powerful and respectable people who influence the world positively through big money. 
 
Similarly, activists have seemed like extraordinary champions of social, economic, and environmental justice who held the moral high ground far above the rest of us. Although more troublesome, they were modeled as the elite vanguard in rightness of thought and action for human dignity and the integrity of the earth. 
 
Yet, the biggest fault lines of human progress in the world today are exactly about the capture of social and economic power by elites – of whatever sort. Amongst the greatest contradictions in an increasingly democratized world has been the simultaneous increase in the concentration of power in the hands of fewer people. Even if the concentration of power is shifting poles from North to South. 

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