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.
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.”
Public lecture by Professor Abdoulaye Bathily
There has been an upsurge in civil and military coups and a shrinking of civic space in a growing number of African countries in recent years, while the serious institutional and political crises that some countries on the continent have been experiencing for several years are still far from being resolved. What explains the difficulty that many countries on the continent have in establishing or consolidating democratic governance systems? What roles can regional organizations and citizen movements play in ending crises and conflicts and consolidating democracy? How can we ensure a better future in dignity on the continent for the younger generations of Africans?
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.