If you have been in the philanthropy sector for any period of time, then Halima is not a new name. Even for us at TrustAfrica, we are welcoming her back, this time in a new capacity as a senior fellow. Halima Mahomed is a well-known independent researcher and consultant focusing on knowledge building, advocacy and support to strengthen the narratives, practice and impact of philanthropy in Africa. She is an Associate Researcher at CAPSI and serves as a member of the PSJP management team, Alliance Magazine Editorial Board, and ICNL Advisory Council. Halima has worked for and with a range of African and international philanthropic and philanthropy support organizations and written extensively on philanthropy, with a strong focus on linking philanthropy to local agency and power. We’ve worked closely in the past with Halima on some of our work with social movements, which is another critical area of inquiry for Ms. Mahomed. Halima holds a Masters in Development Studies from the University of Witwatersrand. We are delighted to welcome Halima back to the TrustAfrica family!
TrustAfrica, UNESCO and other stakeholders are organizing a High-Level Forum on African Humanities. Scheduled for 28- 30 September 2021 in Bamako, Mali, the African Humanities Forum will bring together African intellectuals to discuss the future of Humanities in Africa. The main focus will be on African languages and the importance of their use. The Forum will be followed immediately by the Youth Forum, which will be held from 1-3 October 2021. This Youth Forum will focus on the literacy of futures. It is sequel to an earlier one held in Banjul in 2019, in which TrustAfrica was fully involved.
TrustAfrica presents the online “Pan Africanism, Feminism, Youth and the Arts: Post-COVID Transition and The Future We Want” Round Table at the 3rd Kwame Nkrumah Pan-African Intellectual and Cultural Festival 15-24 September 2021.
In partnership with the Action for World of Solidarity (ASW), the African Agency for the Fight against Discrimination Based on Work and Descent and Slavery and Amnesty International, TrustAfrica is pleased to invite you to a Workshop on restitution of studies on Discrimination Based on Descent and Slavery in Burkina Faso, Mali, Mauritania and Niger. This restitution will take place on 13 and 14 September 2021.
As a member of TrustAfrica’s Board of Directors, we are pleased to congratulate Dr. Tawanda Mutasah on as his appointment as the new Vice President of Oxfam America’s for Global Partnership and Impact from September 2021. All the team, board and partners of TrustAfrica wish Dr. Mutasah the best of luck in continuing the good work!
If you don’t already know Dr. Mutasah let us share a bit about him and why he has been a vital member of the TrustAfrica board. Tawanda is a lawyer and human rights advocate with over 25 years of experience in international non-profit sector. He was Senior Director for Law and Policy at the Amnesty International Secretariat where he led the organization’s work on climate justice, gender justice, and disability rights. He was also formerly Chair of their Africa Advisory Board, and Executive Director of the Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa before taking up the position of Global Director of Programs. He also established the Southern Africa Resource Watch, which researches and advocates on fair economies and protection of human rights in the extractive industries sector.
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Shaping the Future We Want Through Pan-African Collaboration
When TrustAfrica was founded in 2006 our mandate was to mobilize and channel substantive resources to stand behind African actors and organizations to enable them to respond to the most pressing challenges facing the continent. Bringing together some of the leading Pan-African thought leaders and practitioners in the Board and through the executive leadership, TrustAfrica has been committed to a strategy of collective impact focusing on nurturing and encouraging collaboration in every intervention across programs. This edition of our newsletter will focus on this collective impact strategy and how we are witnessing outsized impact by working collaboratively trans-locally, nationally and at the Pan-African level. Read more in this newsletter to find out how this translates across our three strategic priority areas of Equitable Development, Democratic Governance and African Philanthropy as a means of defending the key questions facing the continent: Accountability, Equity and Justice. If you haven’t had a chance yet, don’t forget to check out our Shaping the Future We Want for Africa Strategy 2020-2024.
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TrustAfrica and its partner organizations will host the second African Philanthropy Conference (virtual) from 3rd to 5th August. The theme of the conference is "Surviving COVID19 – The Role of African Philanthropy". As part of the Conference program, TrustAfrica would host two sessions and give special recognition to our Senior Brother, Colleague, and friend, Dr. Akwasi Aidoo, and celebrate his remarkable contribution to advancing African philanthropy and his contribution to the continent's development.
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On June 1st, we were delighted to receive in our Dakar Office His Excellency Ahmet Kavas, Ambassador of Turkey to Senegal.
This courtesy and working visit, which went very well, allowed the Ambassador to be introduced to TrustAfrica. The team had very good discussions with his excellency around the cooperation between think tanks, African foundations and the republic of Turkey. The Executive Director of TrustAfrica, Dr. Ebrima Sall, expressed his pleasure to receive such a distinguished visitor. A pleasure shared by all its employees.
On 15 June 2021 TrustAfrica Board Trustee Sibongile Mkhabela – known to us at TrustAfrica as “Bongi” - was bestowed by the President of the French Republic through the French Embassy in South Africa, Pretoria the “Chevalier de l’Ordre National du Mérite” which in English translates as the “National Order of Merit”. The honor is accorded for a minimum of 10 years of distinguished public service in military or civil achievements. We congratulate Bongi on this acknowledgment of her service par excellence over the decades and share with you our own tribute which was shared during the ceremony here. To watch the full ceremony, watch the Embassy of France, South Africa livestream here.
TrustAfrica, together with their consortium partner Solidaridad West Africa will launch the RECLAIM Sustainability! programme in West Africa on the 30th of July 2021. The West Africa project launch will be held in Accra, Ghana from 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm GMT.
With this programme, we strive to foster genuine and inclusive sustainability in global value chains, where the voices of farmers, miners, workers, and citizens are represented in decision making, and civil society is strengthened. We advocate for sustainable use of natural resources, decent work, fair value distribution, gender and social inclusion, and sustainable consumption.