In This Issue



Advancing International Criminal Justice
On 26 and 27 May, 2015
TrustAfrica's International Criminal Justice (ICJ) Fund hosted the first in a series of pan­African convenings it is organizing this year for advocacy and human rights groups on best practices in advancing international criminal justice on the continent. This meeting took place in Dakar, Senegal on the theme "Engaging with International Criminal Justice in Africa: Lessons Learned in Mobilization and Advocacy". 
Innovating in Africa's Philanthropic space
A Watershed Moment for African Philanthropy 
Tendai Murisa

The AGN finally managed to successfully host its bi-annual assembly in Arusha, Tanzania. The assembly was initially supposed to have been held in Accra in 2014 but the Ebola outbreak and the Government of Ghana's subsequent ban on International Conferences left the organizers with no choice but to look for an alternative venue. It was worth waiting for. The discussions that took place focused on the significance of the emergent African philanthropy sector, its aspirations without being naïve to the potential constraints and pitfalls in the African and global context and the role of African philanthropy in promoting social justice across sectors. In this article I will focus on some of the difficult conversations that took place regarding the space, role and future of African philanthropy.

A Warm Welcome

We are pleased to announce that Bethule Nyamambi
has joined the programme team. She leads the Foundation's agricultural advocacy work. El-hadj Diallo has joined the finance unit as the accounting assistant and Paul Takow Takow has joined as Communications Officer. Sunday Khan now serves as the Interim Programme Director. Read more aboutour staff.

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September 2015
Friends of TrustAfrica,
With this issue of TrustAfrica Now, we are pleased to share some of the latest work we've been doing with our partners these past months. They are making headway on some of the toughest issues we face, mounting creative responses and advancing a shared vision of democratic governance and truly equitable development.

In this spirit, we convened over 500 leaders from education, government and civil society in Dakar in March to chart a new course for higher education. Since then, the summit's declaration and action plan has been presented and adopted at the African Union heads of state meeting, which in June resolved to establish a committee made up of ten heads of state who will propose the next steps for revitalizing higher education across our continent.

Other galvanizing events TrustAfrica has supported includes a summit of seasoned activists advocating for international criminal justice in Africa hosted by our ICJ Fund in May; and the launch of the "Stop the Bleeding" campaign which seeks to curb the illegal departure each year of some US$50 billion from Africa, a staggering loss that we must reverse.
And in July, the African Philanthropy Network met in Arusha to examine how to harness people, policy and practice to improve African giving for Africa's development.

I take heart at the important, steady advances described below, and hope you will too.
Tendai Murisa
Executive Director
Renewing Africa's commitment to Higher Education
In June 2015, at the 25th session of the General Assembly of the African Union in Johannesburg, President Macky Sall of Senegal tabled the African Higher Education Summit Declaration and Action Plan for adoption by African Heads of State. The declaration and plan was the result of a March summit in Dakar that was sponsored by TrustAfrica and its partners. Read more...
Campaigning to curb Illicit Financial Flows
"Stop the Bleeding: Campaign to End Illicit Financial Flows from Africa" is the attention-grabbing name of a new campaign launched in June. Aimed at halting the enormous outflow of the continent's monetary resources, the initiative is envisaged as a campaign rooted in African experiences and reinforced by global Africa solidarity linkages. It is being carried out by TrustAfrica and a group of African civil society organisations with the aim of mobilising students and youth, trade unions and grassroots social movements to raise their voices for change. Read more... 

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FOR most of us here in Africa what we know has always been defined by what others know or rather what they think they know about us. Externally generated forms of knowledge and paradigms tend to shape what is possible for us as people and as nations. At TrustAfrica, we believe that higher education should be a critical engine for redefining and repositioning ourselves for shared economic growth and social progress. We realize that our future and that of the next generation depends on improving the quality and relevance of higher education to ensure that it adequately responds to the challenges that we face as a continent. This e-book presents some important thinking that can potentially contribute towards specific actions that need to be taken and hopefully help us forge this new future.

Aicha Bah Diallo Chair TrustAfrica 

Le fonds a été créé par Open Society, MacArthur et Ford Foundations pour aider le gouvernement nigérian actuel dans sa campagne de lutte contre la corruption et instituer des réformes de la justice pénale. Il vise à contribuer à la promotion de la responsabilité et de la probité au sein de la fonction publique au Nigeria en veillant à ce que ceux qui abusent de la confiance du public soient naturellement traduits en justice. TrustAfrica supervise et administre les activités du fonds. 

Le Nigeria est la plus grande économie d’Afrique et la nouvelle administration a fait montre d’une forte volonté politique en matière de lutte contre la corruption. Le fonds appuie cet effort en recherchant des voies et moyens novateurs d’utiliser des technologies comme les médias sociaux et la participation des citoyens pour accroître l’opprobre du public envers la corruption.  Nous collaborons avec des partenaires pour créer des synergies, et dans certains cas, apporter un soutien pour le renforcement des capacités institutionnelles. Les plans futurs peuvent être axés sur la réforme de la justice pénale et d’autres activités, y compris la création d’un partenariat de suivi société civile-gouvernement et l’évaluation du risque de corruption et les lacunes en matière de capacités dans les institutions axées sur la lutte contre la corruption et sur la justice pénale. Le fonds va également au-delà de la réforme juridique et institutionnelle et des processus internationaux pour influer sur le comportement aux niveaux local et national.


The Anti-Corruption and Criminal Justice Reform Fund in Nigeria (the Fund) is a two-year, multi-donor initiative established by the Ford, Open Society and MacArthur Foundations (the Foundations) in order to support the current Nigerian administration in its resolve to fight corruption and its underlying factors as well as institute criminal justice reform. As fiscal manager, TrustAfrica oversees the management and administration of the Fund in close and robust liaison with the Foundations and the Nigerian Presidency. The Fund was established in mid-2015 to contribute towards the advancement of probity and accountability in public service in Nigeria and ensure that those who indulge in the abuse of public trust are predictably brought to justice.

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ROYNF (Robert and Yeranda Nkosi Foundation) is a micro level incremental innovation complemented by comparative data which seeks to raise learning outcomes by developing a language appropriate participative learning model.  The ROYNF approach is compatible with Uganda’s national Thematic Curriculum, and yet distinct, in that, it features pupils’student group work, application in private schools, and kinaesthetic/participative activities.  While these might not be new ideas, their application in this context is innovative.  This project targets Lumasaaba language speakers, but the approach should be useful in other languages, as well.

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The MECPK project has evolved significantly since its first iteration. It now includes the review, revision, and implementation of the Reading for Comprehension methodology (RfC), teacher training in that revised methodology, the use of an improved student learning assessment tool, comparison of learning outcomes to baseline and to a control group, increased parental support, and the establishment of local libraries.  

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ELEP (Early Learning Enhancement Project), a micro level incremental innovation complemented by comparative data, seeks to raise learning outcomes by engaging and empowering community education stakeholders to produce context-specific strategies, training events and learning innovations which address the realities of each individual project school. This is done by an annual cycle of assessment, analysis of resultant data, stakeholder interaction, creation of a work plan, and community action.  This cycle addresses learning outcomes as well as school management and school environment.

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Le projet FDK (Federation Dimbaya Kanyalen) vise à améliorer les performances en lecture en appliquant une méthode d’acquisition de compétences en lecture au niveau micro dénommée Stratégie active pour la réussite d’une école novatrice (SARENA). Cette stratégie, qui à l’origine devait être complétée par des données comparatives, est conçue pour les élèves francophones des deux premières années du cycle d’études primaires. SARENA utilise une méthodologie très complète dans la mesure où elle porte en grande partie sur la forme des mots et la mémorisation des textes, ce qui rend le développement de compétences en décodage moins important. Afin d’assurer des bonnes relations avec toutes les parties prenantes, l’inspection d’académie locale a reçu une formation supplémentaire et s’est vue confier la responsabilité du suivi en dépit de son incapacité avouée à bien jouer ce rôle. FDK bénéficie également de l’implication des communautés et des parents grâce à l’acquisition et à l’utilisation de téléphones mobiles pour faciliter la communication entre les enseignants et les parents. Parmi ses autres partenaires figurent le Bureau Artichaut de Dakar qui offre des formations et du matériel pour faciliter la mise en œuvre de SARENA.

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Le projet EMiLe (Enseignement Multi-Langue) vise à améliorer les résultats d’apprentissage grâce à l’élaboration et à la mise en œuvre d’un programme éducatif multilingue (MLE) permettant, dans un premier temps, aux enfants d’acquérir des aptitudes en lecture, écriture et calcul dans une langue qui leur est familière. Ce programme apprend ensuite aux enfants à appliquer ces aptitudes, concepts et attitudes dans le cadre de leur apprentissage et de leurs activités en utilisant la langue officielle, le français. Cette innovation, actuellement appliquée au niveau micro (complétée par des données comparatives) cause des perturbations dans la mesure où il n’existe actuellement aucun programme similaire au Sénégal ou dans plusieurs pays d’Afrique de l’Ouest. 

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The NBDCK (National Book Development Council of Kenya) project aims to raise reading outcomes by offering extracurricular reading opportunities to public school children in the Kisii area of western Kenya. This is a micro level incremental innovation which originally included comparison to a control group, but this is no longer the case.  Grade six students (‘mentors’) are trained to read with grade 1 and 2 students (‘buddies’) during informal small group sessions supervised by teachers trained to this end. The groups sessions are held 2-4 times weekly on school grounds immediately after the school day.  Both mentors and buddies benefit, as mentors guide their group of 4-5 buddies through a reading process that includes picture reading, prediction, choral reading and mentors reading aloud to buddies.

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