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By Tendai Murisa, chief executive officer of TrustAfrica.

There is a growing recognition of the role that philanthropy can play in Africa’s quest for equitable and democratic transformation. Until recently, philanthropy (and, more broadly, aid) has mostly been viewed as a form of support given from outside the continent. Indeed, the story of Africa’s liberation and even early post-independence development initiatives would have been very different if it were not for the investments made by a number of philanthropic foundations based outside the continent. However, there is a new excitement in the continent around the possibilities of home-grown philanthropy. Many important strategy documents have been developed about the key role for philanthropy: at a continental level, the African Union’s Agenda 2063; at a regional level, the SADC Industrialization Strategy and Roadmap 2015–2063; and at a national level, strategies such as those in Rwanda.

Since the turn of the century the continent has seen a growth in the number of wealthy individuals (those with an annual income of more than $150,000 or with investible assets of more than $500,000). According to a 2013 report by UBS and TrustAfrica,1 there are approximately 130,000 millionaires across the conti- nent, and more foundations have been established in this period than at any other moment in the history of Africa. Africa’s richest man is estimated to be worth $21.6 billion. Africa’s high net worth individuals (HNWIs) have been making significant philanthropic investments in health, education, entrepreneurial de- velopment and infrastructure improvements, in the process helping to counter the begging-bowl narra- tive that has so strongly defined African development discourse over the decades.

TrustAfrica (TA)organized a three day seminar in Dakar from March 30 to April 1, 2016 around the theme “Early Learning Innovations Reflections and Planning”. This seminar brought together the current three partners of TrustAfrica’s Early Learning portfolio. These partners have been selected to continue in the phase 2 implementation of the project, which is concerned with condensing and scaling up the innovations from phase one of the project. These partners received bridge funding for the transitional between both phase one and two. The three partners present are who Link Community Development Uganda (LCDU, Uganda), Ecole Multilingue (EMiLe, Senegal) and Madrasa (Kenya).

* To present projects components, achievements, and lessons learned

* To discuss the objectives, strategies and challenges for Phase 2 implementation

* To realize a solid work planning for phase 2 integrating M&E and media dissemination

* To gain knowledge and “how to” tools kits to ensure proper dissemination of the innovations impact to various stakeholders.

* To provide an enabling environment which promotes peer sharing, learning, networking, and opportunities for relationship building and collaboration among grantee partners

Introduction

Come and join us as we celebrate our 10th Anniversary, a proud milestone in our quest for political, economic and social justice in Africa. From humble beginnings with five staff members in Dakar, TrustAfrica has grown to become a trusted partner for continental development. Celebrations will include the launch of a book on philanthropy; a Conference to be held at the African Union Conference Centre in Addis Aba, and many other celebratory events. Be part of the festivities and share our joy as we reflect on a decade of TrustAfrica.

#TA10 Blog series

As part of our ten year celebrations we will introduce the TrustAfrica@10 Blog Series on our website and social media platforms. This will be a forum for the TrustAfrica board, staff and allies to say something about our work, lessons learnt and share any reflections in a conversational manner.

Staff Voices @ 10

A mini documentary showcasing voices of staff on what TrustAfrica, its work and approach means to them and their expectations for the future.

#TA10 Celebrations in Pictures

Dakar, Senegal – On Monday, TrustAfrica celebrated its 10th Anniversary in Almadies Ngor, Dakar, Senegal. The celebrations were attended by leading civil society actors, policy makers and well-wishers.
6 June 2016, marked 10 years since TrustAfrica was launched as an independent organization working to strengthen African initiatives and secure conditions for democracy and equitable development on the continent.

Testimonial

TrustAfrica @ 10 friends and family wall - acknowledging the role of friends and partners of TrustAfrica

Introduction

Come and join us as we celebrate our 10th Anniversary, a proud milestone in our quest for political, economic and social justice in Africa. From humble beginnings with five staff members in Dakar, TrustAfrica has grown to become a trusted partner for continental development. Celebrations will include the launch of a book on philanthropy; a Conference in Ethiopia, and many other celebratory events. Be part of the festivities and share our joy as we reflect on a decade of TrustAfrica.

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#TA10 Blog series

As part of our ten year celebrations we will introduce the TrustAfrica@10 Blog Series on our website and social media platforms. This will be a forum for the TrustAfrica board, staff and allies to say something about our work, lessons learnt and share any reflections in a conversational manner.

Staff Voices @ 10

A mini documentary showcasing voices of staff on what TrustAfrica, its work and approach means to them and their expectations for the future.

#TA10 Celebrations in Pictures

Dakar, Senegal – On Monday, TrustAfrica celebrated its 10th Anniversary in Almadies Ngor, Dakar, Senegal. The celebrations were attended by leading civil society actors, policy makers and well-wishers.
6 June 2016, marked 10 years since TrustAfrica was launched as an independent organization working to strengthen African initiatives and secure conditions for democracy and equitable development on the continent.

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Nearly 26 years after he was forced out of power, former Chadian president Hissène Habré has been found guilty of crimes against humanity, torture (including sexual violence) and crimes of war committed under his rule from 1982 to 1990. He has been condemned to life imprisonment by the judges of the Extraordinary African Chambers (EACs), a court specially created by Senegal upon the request of the African Union (AU). This was the first trial of its kind on the continent and years of lobbying were necessary to convince the AU and Senegal to proceed with it. In pushing Africa to bring Habré to justice, the victims and the international coalition of non-governmental organisations that have supported them have shown that Africa’s relationship to international criminal justice is far more open than the statements of some African leaders might suggest. Africa’s people demand such justice, and will pull all the necessary levers to obtain it.

TrustAfrica’s grantee, Victor Ochen, who directs the African Youth Initiative Network (AYINET) in Uganda, was invited by the International Criminal Court to attend the pre-trial hearing of its case against former Lord Resistance Army commander Dominic Ongwen in the Hague.

The New York Times (in an AP story on 26 Jan 2015) reported that:

Victor Ochen, director of a group called the African Youth Initiative Network, was in the court's public gallery to watch Ongwen's appearance and said his status as a former child soldier should not overshadow Ongwen's acts as a senior commander in a group notorious for sexual enslavement, mutilations and kidnapping tens of thousands of victims. 

Access Pambazuka’s wealthy repository of articles on TRANSITIONAL JUSTICE IN AFRICA: KNOWLEDGE, NARRATIVES AND PRACTICE and find out more about processes in Zimbabwe, Kenya,Somalia and South Sudan. In Africa, how do we apply these processes? Whose justice are we concerned with?  How do we make use of our African artists and oral traditions as we engage with victims?

On November 24-25 2014, TrustAfrica hosted a convening of smallholder farmers and advocates and other stakeholders engaged in policy reform processes in seven African countries. Entitled Strengthening Smallholder Agriculture in Africa: Prospects for Mobilisation and Advocacy, the meeting took place in Johannesburg, South Africa. 

Published in allAfrica.com

Briggs Bomba calls for domestic resources to be mobilized to bring about inclusive development in Africa, in particular by stopping the illicit flow of money out of the continent.

A Lesson in Peace

Victor Ochen experienced firsthand the devastation caused by the ongoing conflict in Northern Uganda. It is what produced his deep compassion for victims of the conflict. And like those victims, he was looking for answers, for a way out of war. He assumed those answers could be found through peace, so he established the Uganda chapter of the African Youth Initiative Network.

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