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Our dear colleague and friend, Sibongile Mkhabela, a member of our Board of Directors, has been honored with Chevalier de l'ordre de merite (National Order of Merit for outstanding contributions to social development), a very high distinction awarded by the Republic of France. TrustAfrica, celebrates this great achievement and has prepared a message to celebrate the accomplishment.

This is a well-deserved recognition of Bongi’s exemplary performance in the transformation and development of post-apartheid South Africa. As you know, she led the building of the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital and the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund, both of which she co-founded and headed as Chief Executive Officer for many years. From April 2020, she began establishing a new corporate initiated but independent foundation, The Barloworld Empowerment Development Foundation.

Please join us in congratulating Bongi.

 

 

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On June 1stwe 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. 

The Covid-19 pandemic exposed, at a global level, the abnormalcy of prevailing social, economic and political systems – particularly their failure to protect the most vulnerable. At TrustAfrica, we are clear that there is no going back to the old normal. Accordingly, our current focus is on building forward better.  We need new models across our economic, social and political systems that will protect the most marginalized and work for everyone. Earlier this month we concluded our strategic retreat, where we reaffirmed the theme of our strategic plan for the period 2020-2024 as Shaping the Future we Want for Africa! 

 Fifteen years ago now, TrustAfrica was birthed as a vehicle to mobilize the big resources required to support African Agency in setting priorities and championing responses to the most pressing issues facing the content. This remains the most important purpose behind our existence.  Our raison d’etre! 

As we reflect on the way ahead, two priorities particularly come to the fore for us as the key questions of our time and therefore the overarching themes defining all our work – ACCOUNTABILITY and EQUITY! Together these two add up to and speak to our commitment to JUSTICE in everything that matters for the continent’s development and humanity’s progress. The global dynamics at play makes t it critical to ensure that we are Shaping the Future We Want for Africa and that Africa is not left behind in the big project to build forward better

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Last modified on Friday, 21 May 2021 15:13
To commemorate Africa Day 2021, TrustAfrica is pleased to share two video messages with you: one from our Chair, Coumba Touré and another video from our Executive Director, Dr Ebrima Sall. Your feedback will be appreciated as partners in the progress and development of the African continent

 

Written by Florence Kayemba (SDN), Ese Emerhi (TrustAfrica), and Charles Kojo Vandyck (WACSI)

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In March 2021, the World Communities Forum brought together organizations working with local communities to reflect on the past year and how Covid-19 has impacted the work that they do. TrustAfrica hosted a breakout session on “Community as a Response: Communities Organizing for their Development” on Day 1 of the virtual conference to tease out what are the enablers in supporting local communities in self-organizing for their development. The breakout session was facilitated by development practitioners and community leaders Ese Emerhi (TrustAfrica - Nigeria), Florence Kayemba (Stakeholders Democracy Network - Nigeria), and Charles Kojo Vandyck (West Africa Civil Society Institute – Ghana).

This follow-up article elevates key recommendations offered during the breakout session, by first giving some  context on the  challenges faced by local communities (often in conflict) and centering the article on factors that have enabled communities to respond to development challenges, including what priority interventions donors should invest in to support community actors to build resilience when responding to power dynamics within the broken aid system in the Global South.[...]

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Gateway Zimbabwe, a collaborative culture-shifting initiative of Kufunda Learning Village, ORAP and TrustAfrica, hosted a session "How can inner work unleash new energy and resources when working in challenging contexts?" during the Mindshift Growth that Matters Participatory Conference on May 12th from 9:50am-11am (CAT). The Conference looked at the Inner Development Goals (IDGs)  as a way of tracking the qualities and shifts needed for sustainable ambition towards a healthier society. 

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