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African Higher Education Summit

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The three-day continental summit, whose theme is “revitalizing higher education for Africa’s future”, seeks to build a movement of like-minded institutions to transform the African higher education sector.

To be held on 10-12 March 2015 at the King Fahad Palace Hotel, in Dakar, the summit will be highly interactive, allowing participants to exchange experiences and views.

The summit’s objectives are to:
1. Build a constituency for transformation and investment in Africa’s higher education.
2. Create a shared vision for the future of African higher education.
3. Harness and highlight exemplary efforts and initiatives in African higher education.
4. Harness disparate efforts and interventions in African higher education.
5. Spur and sustain innovation in African higher education.

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. 

The National War Victims’ Conference in Kampala, Uganda, will take place on May 28-30, 2014 at the Imperial Royal Hotel. The objective of the conference is to strengthen victims’ participation in Transitional Justice processes, and build nationwide solidarity around victims’ rights. The conference takes place ahead of the adoption of a National Transitional Justice policy for Uganda.

The conference will convene stakeholders from all sectors of society who are engaged in transitional justice processes, including the government, civil society and development partners. It plans to unite 100 victims from all Ugandan regions and over 30 victims from other African countries. Several ministers and other members of the Ugandan government will also speak at the event. Invited guests (to be confirmed) to address the plenary include:

  • H.E. President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni
  • Video message from His Grace Archbishop Desmond Tutu,
  • H.E. Mary Robinson (Former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and Former President of the Republic of Ireland),
  • Professor Jeremy Sarkin, Attorney of the High Court of South Africa and human rights scholar,
  • Justice James Ogala (Chairman of the Transitional Justice Working Group and Chairman of the Judicial Service Commission,
  • And many others.

Communique on Illicit Financial Flows

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TrustAfrica, Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) and Third World Network- Africa, with financial support from Ford Foundation, held a two-day Consultative Roundtable on ‘Mending the Leakages: Africa’s Battle against Illicit Financial Flows,’ at Sheraton Hotel Abuja, Nigeria from 25-26 March, 2014. The primary objective of the roundtable was to expand and deepen knowledge on the issue of illicit financial flows and their role in inhibiting Africa’s growth.

The National Victims' Conference will take place in May 2014 in Kampala, Uganda. In preparation for the national conference, AYINET is organizing a series of victim consultations in the different conflict affected regions of Uganda, beginning with this week's meeting in Lira. A schedule of the consultations is included below.  Learn more about the first consultation on their Website here.

Forum on Illicit Financial Flows in Africa

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On December 9-10, TrustAfrica, the Open Society Institute for West Africa (OSIWA) and Global Financial Integrity (GFI) will be co-sponsoring the “Forum on Illicit Financial Flows in Africa.”  Th Forum will take place at the Terrou-Bi Hotel in Dakar, Senegal, with his excellence, the Minister of Economy and Finance for Senegal, M. Amadou Ba.  Among the many activities scheduled at the Forum, participants will receive key findings of the GFI 2012 report on Illicit Financial Flows from Africa and discuss the key trends, risks and costs to the region.   Additionally, the forum will look to establish a regional platform on illicit financial flows for campaigning and advocacy. 

On November 28-29, the Tax Justice Network-Africa (TJN-A) in collaboration with the Strathmore Tax Research Centre and funded by TrustAfrica, will host a two-day policy roundtable meeting on the theme “Curtailing Transfer Mispricing: Africa’s Response to Global Challenges.”  The event, which will take place at Strathmore University in Nairobi, Kenya, brings together a cross section of NGOs, tax authorities, academic researchers, policymakers and international organizations from around the world to share experiences, discuss policy and brainstorm solutions to current transfer pricing challenges facing African countries.

Within the context of Malian civil society's efforts to anchor transitional justice, the Malian Coalition of Human Rights Defenders (COMADDH) is organizing a national workshop from November 6 – 8, 2013 at the Grand Hotel in Bamako.

Co-chaired by the Ministry of Justice and the Ministry of National Reconciliation and Development in the Northern Regions, the workshop aims to strengthen the institutional capacity of civil society to enable a better anchoring of transitional justice with the dual objective of rebuilding the social fabric of Malian society and engaging communities in the process of comprehensive and harmonious development.

The workshop was made possible through the support of TrustAfrica and will bring together organizations from Kayes, Koulikoro, Sikasso, Segou, Mopti, Timbuktu, Gao, Kidal and the District of Bamako.

Let us work together for a Mali where the rule of law prevails, reconciled and engaged in the battle for development.

As part of our Agricultural Development program, TrustAfrica, in partnership with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, will be holding a two-day convening at the Laico Regency Hotel in Nairobi, Kenya on November 12-13, 2013. The convening, "A Decade of CAADP: Reflections on Key Outcomes of Agricultural Policy Reforms in Africa," aims to raise awareness about the role of agriculture in development and to give voice to those most affected by agricultural development policies, particularly smallholder farmers. The convening will include civil society stakeholders from the Agricultural Development project, as well as others engaged around agricultural policymaking. 

The Investment Climate and Business Environment (ICBE) Research Fund is holding a forum on October 11, 2013 at the Hotel des Almadies in Dakar, Senegal to disseminate research related to investment and the business environment in Senegal, and also bring together the key stakeholders in the investment community.  

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