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The rapid response of Africa to COVID-19 has been lauded as an effective campaign to combat the spread of COVID-19. Africa had approximately 106,000 deaths as of the 16th of July 2021, compared to over 1,950,000 in the Americas and over 1,200,000 in Europe. Between February 2020 and May 2021, 51 African countries introduced 238 social protection measures in response to the COVID-19 crisis, including health and food security measures, unemployment protection, income protection, housing, and special allowances. However, the region also faces daunting challenges, with the rapid population growth, high levels of poverty and hunger, and armed conflicts, all of which make implementing the broad and ambitious 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in the region particularly difficult.

TrustAfrica and WINGS, with the support of Philanthropy Circuit and in partnership with the African Philanthropy Forum (APF), the African Philanthropy Network (APN), the Center for African Philanthropy and Social Investment (CAPSI) at the Wits Business School, the Global Fund for Community Foundation (GFCF), and the African Venture Philanthropy Alliance (AVPA), have the distinct pleasure to invite you to a Research Feedback Workshop on Thursday, July 28 from 9. 30 am to 12. 30pm GMT.

 

Written by Halima Mahomed, Senior Fellow for African Philanthropy, Trust Africa & Ndanatsei Bofu-Tawamba, CEO, Urgent Action Fund – Africa

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. 

Written by Rouguietou Khady Sow, Program Associate, TrustAfrica

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.  This landscape has become even more diverse over time and today, the West African philanthropic ecosystem is characterised by the coexistence of very old traditions of giving rooted in cultures of solidarity and reinforced by a philosophy of shared humanity on the one hand, and modern types of philanthropic institutions, policies and practices on the other.  

The African Philanthropy Conference is an annual gathering of the continent’s leading philanthropic institutions. It is a platform for sharing of experiences, collective reflection, as well as the curation and development of philanthropic and social investment practices of the continent’s people and partners.

The 3rd African Philanthropy Conference will be hosted with the objective of addressing system changes that are required in philanthropy in the new normal especially, as these changes relate to the continent's institutions, policies and practices. Simultaneous interpretation will be available in English, Portuguese and French.

On behalf of fellow partners, we invite you to join us as we nurture networks and support research to accelerate the understanding of the complexities of practices that aid the maturity of the field of African philanthropy and social investment.

Date: Wednesday, 3rd and Thursday, 4th of August 2022
Registration fee: USD$100
Register to attend the conference

Rouguiétou Khady SOW is a lawyer by training in International Law, she holds a master’s degree in International Relations from Cheikh Anta DIOP University and has written her thesis entitled Migration et Security: the free movement of persons in the ECOWAS area and the internal security of the States. Rouguietou is now working at TrustAfrica as Program Associate since November 2020 in the African Philanthropy and Equitable Development Programm where she previously served as intern for 1year. Among other professional experience, she has worked with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Senegal as an intern as well as AIESEC a global youth network helping to promote leadership development as External Relations Assistant for 2 years.

Deeply concerned by the huge illicit financial flows (IFFs) from Africa, TrustAfrica, Dakar, Senegal held a two-day capacity-building workshop for journalists and media professionals in the West African sub-region working on issues related to IFFs.

At the end of the 2-day workshop, which was held from June 23-24, 2022, the participating journalists resolved and affirmed as follows:

TrustAfrica organise une table ronde qui se tiendra le 24 juin 2022 à 16h30 à La Place du Souvenir, à Dakar, Sénégal. Cette table ronde publique est la dernière partie de l’atelier de formation pour les journalistes sur les Flux Financiers illicites.

Les crises récentes ont montré combien est critique la question de la mobilisation des ressources internes pour faire face aux pandémies et autres grands défis du moment, et pour le développement de l’Afrique. La lutte contre les flux financiers illicites (FFI) est donc devenue, plus que jamais, une question d’une urgence absolue. La perte que subit notre continent du fait de ces FFI qui s'élèvent à 88,3 milliards de dollars par an et représente 3,7 % de son produit intérieur brut (PIB), une manne qui pourrait être canalisée pour faire avancer la transition vers une Afrique post-COVID et la transformation structurelle et le développement du continent.

Word Cloud from TrustAfrica Programs Meeting in September: What is Your 1 Word Prayer for TrustAfrica?

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In last year’s editions of our newsletter, we introduced you to our three pillars of work around democracy and governance, equitable development, and African philanthropy. This year, we are looking forward to introducing you to the core strategies we use in delivering our work namely, grantmaking, African knowledge and research generation, capacity strengthening, and movement building.

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TrustAfrica is coorganizing a Side event: on “Wellbeing economies: a new economic approach for human and planetary health” Ebrima will be speaking on 2 June 2022, 9:30-10:45am

Co-organisers: European Environmental Bureau (EEB), WWF International, the Club of Rome, Swedish Society for Nature Conservation (SSNC), Wellbeing Economy Alliance (WEAll), International Cooperatives Alliance, Global Call for Action Against Poverty, Trust Africa, IBON, the Future Generations Commissioner of Wales.

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