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Welcome to Kudzai Makomva who joined our Shaping the Future of Africa Fellowship in October 2021. Kudzai is an economist with over fifteen years of experience in strategy and organizational leadership in the development sector, where she has applied skills in economics and quantitative analysis to social impact initiatives in order to bring a rigorous focus on metrics and results. As a Shaping the Future Fellow, she is reflecting on the conceptualization and development of a Future of Africa Index and its role in anticipatory governance and Africa’s development. The Future Africa Index is a regional performance index that assesses progress towards harnessing the demographic dividend; its adoption and rollout across the continent has the potential to leverage competitive pressure on countries and policymakers. The Index combines a number of carefully selected indicators that assess talent competitiveness, development of competencies to develop the knowledge and digital economies, economic and industry complexity, as well as inclusive growth and environmental sustainability. 

Kudzai served as Chief Operating Officer for an African impact investment fund aiming to accelerate attainment of human capital in southern Africa through investments in rural finance, education and health. Prior to this, Kudzai also served as the first Director of the Southern Africa Development Corporation (SADC) Malaria Elimination 8 Initiative, a pioneering model of regional collaboration to eliminate malaria in Africa, and with the Clinton Health Access Initiative in overseeing regional programs.  

Kudzai is currently Managing Partner at Market Access Africa, a boutique strategy and advisory agency focused on health access and policy in Africa, and sits on the Board of Rebuild Africa. She holds a Masters Degree in Public Policy and Administration and a BA (Economics, Health Policy) from Harvard University, where she remains engaged in teaching adaptive leadership in Harvard’s executive education programmes.   

At TrustAfrica, we are aware of the fact that discrimination based on work and descent (DWD) is estimated to affect over 260 million people worldwide, in Africa, Asia, Europe, South America, and North America. In West African countries such as Mali, Mauritania, and Niger, this type of discrimination affects communities of ethnic minorities who are considered to be descendants of slaves.  To address this issue TrustAfrica, in line with its strategic plan, in collaboration with other development organizations, met in Dakar in 2019 to address the issue of DWD and slavery and to create The African Network of Communities Discriminated Based on Work and Descent and against Slavery (ANDS). Since its creation, the Network has made significant progress in addressing discrimination in several African countries. The Network has also joined the Global Forum of Communities Discriminated on Work and Descent (GFDWD) to address the issue globally. “TrustAfrica hosts the Secretariat of the Network at its Headquarters in Dakar”. Organizations that are members of the Network thought it would be good to meet in Dakar to discuss about their strategies. 

Africa is in a new debt crisis with the majority of low to medium income countries now officially in the unsustainable debt red zone. For example, Kenya has been in the news recently with reports that 60% of all public revenues generated are going to servicing debts. This has destabilized the macroeconomic environment resulting in depreciation of the Kenyan shilling and skyrocketing inflation to devastating socio-economic effects on the population. The debt burden is threatening a reversal of progressive policies such as free public education that Kenya implemented following the Jubilee Debt cancellation.  

In last year’s editions of our newsletter, we introduced you to our three pillars of work around democracy and governance, equitable development, and African philanthropy. This year, we are looking forward to introducing you to the core strategies we use in delivering our work namely, grantmaking, African knowledge and research generation, capacity strengthening, and movement building.  

Since its birth in 2006 TrustAfrica has prioritized movement building as one of its primary strategies. In a sense, you could even say that the story of TrustAfrica emanated from a movement building process. For those who are unfamiliar with our history, TrustAfrica was born out of a movement by eminent African leaders within the Ford Foundation system who invited Ford Foundation to trust Africans to identify the most pressing challenges facing our continent, and to provide significant resources which could be channeled to proximate change agents on the continent.  Ford Foundation decided to provide an endowment towards the establishment of an African-led foundation rather than setting up more Ford offices on the continent. This movement of African leaders around the agency of Africans remains at the core of everything we do to promote responsible citizenship and accountable leadership in addressing Africa’s most pressing challenges 

TrustAfrica, through its project “West African Philanthropy Support Ecosystem,” contributes to building a movement of philanthropic actors to strengthen the Philanthropy Support Ecosystem in West Africa. This project is a collaboration with WINGS that aims to engage philanthropy networks, support organizations, funders, and other relevant stakeholders from a set of West African Countries to identify the challenges and opportunities for developing a robust support ecosystem for giving and philanthropy in the region and to build a roadmap for self-owned and sustainable regional philanthropy development. The project is informed through participatory processes involving the establishment of a Steering Committee of philanthropy support organizations as well as research and consultations with the field. 

Dereck Moyo has 21 years of experience working for community development and humanitarian programs in Zimbabwe including livelihoods, food security, humanitarian response and disaster reduction projects implemented by iNGOs, local NGOs and UN Agencies.

Dereck Moyo joined TrustAfrica in January 2022 as the Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) officer. Before that, Dereck Moyo has worked in different international NGOs as programmes Officer beginning with World Vision from 2002 until last quarter of 2005 and Christian Aid in 2011 until 2013. He started the MEL role as Accountability, Monitoring and Evaluation (AME) Specialist at World Vision from October 2013 to September 2014 before joining GOAL Zimbabwe as the MEAL Manager from October 2014 until August 2017 when he became an independent MEAL consultant. His last MEL assignment before joining TrustAfrica was MEL Specialist at the ECODIT Trust from October 2020 to December 2021.

Dereck’s main achievements revolve around developing M&E strategies, systems, tools, conducting surveys for routine project monitoring, baseline and evaluation studies for Livelihoods, Food security, Agricultural- related, Governance and Social accountability projects. He has strong experience in planning, leading, coordinating and analysing data and reporting for routine monitoring, outcome harvesting and evaluations. He also has very strong statistical and analytical skills on both qualitative and quantitative data using computer software like SPSS, Nvivo, and MS Excel.

The Inclusivity Project, resourcing the Global Forum of Communities Discriminated on Work and Descent (GFOD) and the African Network on Discrimination based on Work, Descent and Contemporary Slavery (ANDS) are looking for a highly motivated bilingual (English and French) individual from the African continent to become part of our team.

The full-time role (with the possibility to be part time) is remote and requires occasional international travel.

Women, youth and other underrepresented and marginalized groups are highly encouraged to apply. 

TrustAfrica is pleased to join the Senegalese Social Forum, Africans Rising”, CONGAD and other organisations to co-organize the Alternative World Water Forum (FAME) which will take place in Dakar from 21 to 26 March 2022, at CICES. During this alternative meeting, which will be held at the same time as the World Water Forum, TrustAfrica will have the pleasure of organizing panels and roundtables on issues related to access to water for the most vulnerable layers of Africa and elsewhere. 

Download the call for proposal in PDF

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.

Read the full agenda here.

 

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