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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.

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.  

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