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Closing date: Friday 25 March 2022 at 1700 GMT
TrustAfrica is pleased to announce a new grant making initiative invites applications from suitably qualified organisations in Ethiopia, Kenya, Nigeria, and Burkina Faso to apply for capacity and core operational support grants under its “African Civil Society Support Initiative.”
This initiative seeks to provide core operational support for civil society organisations demonstrating a good record of accomplishment, especially in relation to policy advocacy and in elevating women’s voices on health and development concerns in Africa. Recognising the need for strong organisational capacity and for flexibility to deliver stellar programs and campaigns, we are proud to provide through this subaward mechanism, an ecosystem of support to promising and agile civil society organizations to sustain their operations, retain key staff, and to strengthen leadership and mission focus, administrative and management capacity, and financial stability. Civil society organisations working to advance gender justice, financial inclusion, and equitable health delivery across the continent should apply. We trust in a strong civil society that underpins a holistic space for diverse efforts which build trust and accountability between citizens and their institutions. To do that effectively, we believe this support will help civil society be more resilient, nimble, and durable.
On Friday, 04 February 2022, TrustAfrica's Programs Director, Briggs Bomba is giving a keynote at the side session during the Africa Union (AU) Summit themed 'Building resilience in nutri on on the African con nent: Accelerate the human capital, social and economic development. The side session is hosted by The Stop the Bleeding (STB) Campaign. The session is themed “Reaﬃrming the People's Demand for a Pan African Agenda on Finance and Development.” While COVID-19 has made the need for global solutions to global challenges more urgent, the Global North has half-heartedly supported eﬀorts to enhance equitable access to vaccines. Likewise, opportunities to address the long-standing challenges of harmful tax competition on fuelling corporate tax avoidance, systemic gender inequality, sustainable debt ﬁnancing, and addressing climate change have failed to prioritize the Global South. Last year, through its consortium members, the Stop the Bleeding Campaign made impassioned demands on global minimum tax reforms and sustainable debt management. Notably, the AU Special Envoys recommended that AU develop a common African position for the reform of the international ﬁnancial architecture and advocate for this objective. Some of the critical highlights of AU Special Envoys included implementing the recommendations of the Addis Ababa Action Agenda on debt sustainability and improving domestic resource mobilization to support Africa's development ﬁnancing by upscaling eﬀorts to curb illicit ﬁnancial ﬂows and enhance revenue collection by strengthening tax administrations.
To commemorate the passing of Professor Cheikh Anta Diop, a foremost Nationalist, Pan-Africanist, and Internationalist, La Place du Souvenir Africain and TRUSTAFRICA are organizing a hybrid panel (face-to-face and online) on Monday 7 February 2022 at 9:30 GMT at the Place du Souvenir Africain.
The theme of the roundtable is Cheikh Anta Diop, Nationalist, Pan-Africanist, and Internationalist.
- Mr. Moustapha DIOP, Writer in Wolof National Languages;
- Dr. Ebrima SALL, Executive Director of TrustAfrica;
- Dr Aoua LY, Researcher, Sociologist, Analyst, Author, consultant, and international speaker;
- Pr. Buuba DIOP, Historian (moderator).
The debates will be interpreted into English. To participate and follow the debates online, register here.
TrustAfrica is a Pan-African Philanthropic Organization established in 2006 that seeks to strengthen initiatives that address the most difficult challenges confronting the continent. Our dream of a better Africa resonates with the continent's vision and roadmap as expressed in the African Union's Agenda 2063: The Africa We Want and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. We currently focus on three critical areas: Democracy and Governance, Equitable Development and Economic Justice, and African Philanthropy. As a catalyst and convener, we are committed to generating and testing new ideas.
International Day for the Abolition of Slavery: Invitation to Virtual Public Lecture
TrustAfrica, Amnesty International, ASW and the African Network against Discrimination Based on Work, Descent and Contemporary Slavery (ANDS) wish to jointly invite you to a virtual public lecture to commemorate the International Day for the Abolition of Slavery. The theme of the lecture is: “Online and offline hate crimes against abolitionists and DWD communities in West Africa.”
TrustAfrica is a partner to the continent's change agents, diverse civil society organizations, top-ranked think tanks, and vibrant social movements. It aims to support civic engagement that achieves justice, accountability, and equitable development in Africa. In its 14-year history, TrustAfrica has stewarded over US$80 million in support of African civil society organizations and has worked at the local community level on advocacy campaigns to bring the voices of the most vulnerable and marginalized citizens to the continent's top policy arenas. Its theory of change is that societies become more stable, prosperous, equitable, and just with responsible citizenship and accountable leadership. It leverages philanthropy that connects resources to priority development needs and catalyzes action for Africa's transformation.
We now live in a world where Covid-19 is evenly distributed, but the equal opportunity to fight it is not. Four hundred twenty-two million people living in poverty on the African continent face the greatest risk of their lives. While the health and economic effects of Covid-19 ripple throughout the world, Covid-19 threatens to plunge one in three Africans into the deep end of poverty. We know the safety of those in our most marginalized communities is our collective immunity, yet awareness of our connection with our vulnerable sisters and brothers is almost non-existent.
To respond to this, the Community Immunity Initiative is a coordinated campaign to raise awareness and funding to support those living at the margins of society. Through this initiative, a collaboration between the Africa Philanthropy Network, TrustAfrica, and Southern Africa Trust, we hope to provide quick impact support to bring immediate relief to people living at the margins of society. While supporting policy initiatives, research, and advocacy efforts to provide long-term solutions to combat poverty and marginalization at the systemic level. Also, to ensure culturally contextualized and long-lasting solutions on the African continent are implemented. The initiative is also engaging activists, artists, athletes, medical professionals, musicians, and other respected voices from our global community to raise greater awareness of the impact of poverty and marginalization in Africa so together we can escalate the appropriate response.
The Pan Africa Conference on Illicit Financial flows and Taxation is an annual convening that brings together key stakeholders involved in efforts to curb IFF and enhance domestic resource mobilisation in Africa. The platform draws together actors from governments, civil society, International organisations, legislators, media, academia and national campaigners to take stock of the current state of play on the IFF agenda in Africa as well as progress made through global, regional and country level initiatives. The conference seeks to also act as a platform to articulate problems, propose solutions and explore opportunities for collaboration and common action.
Register here: https://panconfifftax.net/
Vivid Gwede is the Program Manager for Zimbabwe Alliance. He has 8 years’ experience working with civil society in the governance, social justice and human rights sector. He is a Mandela Washington Fellow (MWF) from Duquesne University (USA), a former MWF Regional Board Member for Southern Africa, and current Zimbabwe MWF Association Chairperson. He is a Frederick Ebert Stiftung Youth Leadership program alumnus. He is a holder of a Bachelor’s Degree in Policy Studies from the University of South Africa and holder of a Diploma in Journalism and Communications. He is a media political analyst, whose commentary has appeared in local, regional and international media. He is a former university student leader in Zimbabwe.