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Global Forum on Communities Discriminated on Work and Descent (GFoD) is the global advocacy mechanism of Communities Discriminated on Work and Descent (CDWD). More than 260 million people across the world are discriminated on the basis of work and descent and are more commonly known as Dalits, Roma-Sinti, Quilombola, Burakumin, Oru, amongst many other names. Discrimination on Work and Decent (DWD) is a global phenomenon which lacks public recognition and acknowledgement and affected communities are among the most marginalised and excluded people.

After a two-days workshop at Le Niambour Hotel, Dakar, TrustAfrica and WINGS, in partnership with African Philanthropy Forum (APF), the African Philanthropy Network (APN), Center for African Philanthropy and Social Investment (CAPSI) at Wits Business School, Global Fund for Community Foundation (GFCF), and African Venture Philanthropy Alliance (AVPA), have resolved to strengthen the philanthropy support ecosystem in West Africa. 

In this Picture:  Briggs Bomba, Programs Director, TrustAfrica; Charles Abugre, Executive Secretary of IDEAs, and Yao Graham, Executive Secretary of Third World Network-Africa 

 After ten years of hosting the Pan-African Conference (PAC) on Illicit Financial Flows and Taxation, this year, Tax Justice Network Africa (TJNA) is excited to co-host its 10th PAC alongside the African Tax Administration Forum (ATAF). Over the years, TJNA and ATAF have advocated for pro-poor tax policies and systems that curb leakages and optimise domestic resource mobilisation on the continent. The uncertainty of the current global economy has made this mission more critical than ever. As such, in light of the present context, the 2022 PAC will be held under the theme ‘Tax Justice Amid Multiple Crises.’ And in the spirit and tradition of the PAC, the two lead institutions will collaborate with other organisations to deliver a successful 10th PAC.

The main objective of this year’s PAC conference is, therefore, to explore ways to mitigate the impact of global external shocks on the continent through tackling illicit financial flows and undertaking progressive domestic resource mobilisation.

Date: October 27th 2022 

TrustAfrica, in partnership with Solidaridad, will convene a regional multistakeholder platform on October 27th 2022 in Blantyre, Malawi, to deliberate on inclusive policies that will help to promote sustainability in the tea value chain in Africa.

Venue: Sheraton Hotel in Pretoria, South Africa  

Date:  2-4 November 2022 

The Institute for Pan-African Thought and Conversation (IPATC), based at the University of Johannesburg (UJ), TrustAfrica and the Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA), are jointly organizing a continental symposium on the theme: “The African Union at 20: Progress, Problems and Prospects”.

The symposium will be held at the Sheraton Hotel in Pretoria, South Africa on 2-4 November 2022. The symposium is part and parcel of the commemoration of the 20th Anniversary of the African Union (AU). The AU was officially founded and launched on 9 July 2002 in Durban, South Africa. The Union took over the mantle for the pursuit of continental unity and integration from the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) which had existed since 1963. Both the OAU and AU are key institutional architectures and historical landmarks for the advancement of Pan-Africanism and African Renaissance, especially from the perspective of state-driven continental integration. 

 

On Tuesday, 20 September 2022, TrustAfrica organized a dialogue on the issue of deforestation and youth labour. The purpose of the workshop, which was held in Ivory Coast, was to draw attention to the dangers of deforestation and child labour in Africa. The workshop also aimed to improve participants’ knowledge of the new Forestry Law under Article 27 on Ownership of Forest Resources, including trees. About 20 farmers in the cocoa and oil palm sector participated in the Workshop.

VENUE: Dakar at Le Niambour Hotel DATE : 28 -29 September 2022 

TrustAfrica, in collaboration with WINGS and its Steering Committee members, is convening an in-person workshop from the 28 to 29th September 2022 at Le Niambour Hotel, Dakar, with the theme:  STRENGTHENING THE WEST AFRICAN PHILANTHROPY SUPPORT ECOSYSTEM 

The purpose of the workshop is to: 

  • present the  final desk report and list of philanthropy support organizations  
  • Improve the visual map of actors, in particular by adding the relationship dimension connection actors
  • Work on the challenges and opportunities in each country and region, and identify key recommendations to strengthen the field and actionable steps to address them
  • Co-build a locally-owned roadmap which local actors will take responsibility over driving forward, to strengthen the field, building on the recommendations identified by the group. 

Read more in the concept note.

 

We are at a fundamental turning point in world history as the world grapples with the critical task of "building forward better" in the wake of COVID-19 and the geopolitical fallout emanating from the Russia - Ukraine conflict. The world's failure to deal with COVID-19 equitably stands as an ultimate indictment of a global system that prioritises profit over people and ignores the needs of the most vulnerable in society. On the other hand, the present geopolitical reconfigurations threaten to unravel all existing platforms for multi­lateral engagement with huge implications on issues of fundamental concern for progressives including energy, climate and just transition; economicjustice as well as democracy and political rights.

Our Communications and Social Movements Officer, Abdarahmane Wone, under the chairmanship of TrustAfrica's Executive Director, Dr. Ebrima Sall, moderated an information session on Slavery and Discrimination Based on Work and Descent on August 30, 2022 in Arusha.

This information session was part of the General Assembly of the Africans Rising. Following this brilliant session, the Assembly, in its Kilimanjaro Declaration, strongly condemned Slavery and Discrimination Based on Work and Descent (DWD). TrustAfrica's objective was, through this regional meeting, to better draw public attention to Discrimination Based on Work and Descent (DWD) and its harmful effects on Africa and Africans. It will be recalled that, in 2019, TrustAfrica had contributed to the establishment of a vast Network that fights against Slavery and Discrimination Based on Work and Descent.

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.

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