Graduating in africa

Africa is on the verge of embracing an exciting new paradigm of higher education. It envisions a future of broad-based prosperity, and importantly, a century in which Africans define their own needs and ambitions. The new higher education paradigm strives for excellence across the disciplines—the humanities, mathematics, the sciences, technology—and gives strong emphasis to gender. We saw this paradigm emerge earlier this month at the continent-wide higher education summit in Dakar organized by TrustAfrica and our 12 partners. These stories capture some of the new thinking behind a future we will shape together.

Tendai Murisa, Executive Director, TrustAfrica

An African Voice on International Criminal Justice

Trust Africa is delighted to join His Grace Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Fatou Bensouda - ICC Chief Prosecutor, and H.E. Ruhakana Rugunda, Prime Minister of Uganda, and countless others in congratulating Victor Ochen and the African Youth Initiative Network (AYINET) for their joint 2015 Nobel Peace Prize Nomination.

On Africa’s Farms, a new eBook from Mail & Guardian Africa and TrustAfrica

We are pleased to share On Africa’s Farms, an eBook that compiles articles published in the Mail & Guardian Africa. They are a result of TrustAfrica’s partnership with the Nairobi-based news organization which seeks to enhance coverage of development issues.


In This Issue







A smallholder farmer convening on 24-25 November in Johannesburg, South Africa brought together advocates and other stakeholders engaged in policy reform in seven African countries. Entitled "Strengthening Smallholder Agriculture in Africa: Prospects for Mobilization and Advocacy", the convening was part of a multiyear partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation supporting the emergence of a strong community of advocates who will hold governments to account for better policies on smallholder agriculture. See photos.

A September 2014 conference sponsored by our grantee, Africa Legal Aid in Johannesburg examined Africa's relationship with the International Criminal Court, with a focus on lessons learned and future priorities. Speakers included Navi Pillay, former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Judge Florence Mumba, who served on the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, and Fatou Bensouda, Prosecutor of the ICC. A full report is available on AFLA's website. 
A June regional gathering at the Southern African Litigation Center addressed ways to end impunity for crimes of atrocity by strengthening domestic mechanisms for international crime. Read more about our work in international criminal justice.


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December 2014

It is with great pleasure that I address you as TrustAfrica's new executive director, having received the baton, so to speak, from Akwasi Aidoo at the start of October. I begin with a tremendous sense of optimism, based on the great energy and passion with which our partners are advancing good governance and equitable development on our continent. I look forward to working with you to realize our vision over the coming weeks, months and years. 


There is much news to share with you, but we start with a gathering we hosted to honor the truly remarkable Akwasi on his departure.


With warm regards,


Tendai Murisa

Executive Director



p.s. If you have missed it, I invite you to read Alliance Magazine's recent interview with Akwasi and myself.


Philanthropy Convening Honors Akwasi Aidoo  
Akwasi Aidoo, founding executive director of TrustAfrica

NGO and academic leaders from across the continent joined us on 30 September to discuss African philanthropy, a field to which Akwasi Aidoo has made an immense contribution. We addressed such issues as what it would mean to have more African resources in play and what would it take for African philanthropy to be more rooted in communities. In a closing talk, Akwasi shared a vision in which the field takes up a "transformative agenda" that addresses systemic injustice. He strongly endorsed support for people and organizations involved in arts and culture, quoting Nigerian author Chris Abani in calling them our "curators of humanity." Watch excerpts of Akwasi's talk.

Tendai Murisa and Yao Graham discuss how philanthropy can address systemic issues.
Briggs Bomba and Coumba Toure assess 15 years of African philanthropy.




Curbing Illicit Financial Flows out of Africa

In August, members of civil society from Southern Africa came together in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe to map out ways to stop illicit financial flows out of Africa. Recognizing that IFFs are a major obstacle to inclusive development, we are working with allies across the continent and in partnership with the Ford Foundation to advocate for effective policies. We have supported similar convenings in Nairobi, Abuja, and Johannesburg. In order to help fill knowledge gaps, we have teamed up with the Southern Africa Research and Documentation Centre to launch the IFF database which features more than 200 documents and 50 experts. Coming up: TrustAfrica and partners will launch a global Stop the Bleeding campaign to build mass momentum to curb illicit financial flows.


Understanding Africa's Wealthy Givers

UBS and TrustAfrica have just released a new report that draws on a survey of nearly 100 African philanthropists as well as interviews with a number of experts. Africa's Wealthy Give Back offers insight into donors' motivations and the source and scope of their giving. It also reveals the unique nature of African philanthropy, which has seen tremendous growth in the past 15 years. Recommendations include: sharing best practice through networks tailored to the African context; developing regulations to encourage increased giving; and moving toward more strategic philanthropy and impact measurement. These are solid recommendations that can strengthen the field, ensuring that it plays a key role in our continent's development. Read the report.


TrustAfrica Joins Coalition to Fight Ebola

TrustAfrica has joined Africa Responds, a coalition of African and diaspora organizations raising funds to fight Ebola at the grassroots level, where resources are urgently needed. The coalition also seeks to foster accurate information and nuanced dialogue which can be lost in an atmosphere of fear. Funds raised will provide more protective equipment and healthcare supplies, help raise awareness and support individuals who are infected and their families.  #UnitedAgainstEbola  #AfricaResponds


A Warm Welcome

We extend a warm welcome to our new board members, Assefa Bequele, economist, expert on child rights and executive director of the African Child Policy Forum in Ethiopia, and Karim Tazi, a leading private sector entrepreneur who heads the Richbond Group in Morocco. Read more about our board.


We are pleased to announce that Nadia Ahidjo has joined the programme team, Fatoumata Sall has joined as webmaster and Briggs Bomba now directs our programme on illicit financial flows. Read more about our staff.


An Invitation

At TrustAfrica, we believe that Africans must set the agenda for--and lead--our continent's transformation. As an independent foundation, we are made stronger and more able to deliver on our mission with your support. We warmly invite you to make a donation today. We thank you.


Contributions to TrustAfrica, a 501(c)(3) organization that has earned the GuideStar Exchange Seal, are tax deductible in the United States to the full extent allowed by law. Please consider making a donation today to qualify for a tax deduction this calendar year.

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Le Dr Bethule Nyamambi dirige les activités de plaidoyer menées par TrustAfrica en vue de développer l’agriculture sur le continent. Titulaire d’un doctorat en sciences agricoles, Bethule possède une vaste expérience en agriculture, sécurité alimentaire et programmes de santé, secteurs dans lesquels elle a également travaillé comme consultante. Avant de rejoindre TrustAfrica, elle était directrice adjointe d’une ONG suisse au Zimbabwe au sein de laquelle elle était responsable des programmes, du développement de partenariats et de la formation. Auparavant Bethule avait travaillé comme Gestionnaire de programme dans le cadre des activités de l’initiative Leadership for Transformation and Organisational Change Programme in African Agriculture (Leadership pour la transformation et le changement organisationnel dans le secteur agricole en Afrique) organisées par l’Université du Zimbabwe à Harare, avec une série d’ateliers sur le leadership transformationnel et le changement institutionnel pour des institutions du secteur agricole en Afrique. Bethule a travaillé comme consultante pour l’Institut de la Banque mondiale, la FAO, des ONG internationales et nationales et des entreprises du secteur privé.

This book contains findings of eight of the several research projects sponsored by the Investment Climate and Business Environment (ICBE) Research Fund in Uganda. It’s an effort to provide evidence to inform policy that improves the business environment in Uganda. The findings coincide with the efforts of the government to implement policies and programs targeting private sector development, solving daunting problems of unemployment, economic growth and development. The studies have been carried out by Ugandans and address issues pertinent to the Ugandan economy, but also to other developing countries.

File Size: 11.1 MB
Date: 14 January 2015
Author: Joseph M. Ntayi, Sunday A. Khan

Fatoumata Bintou Sall a rejoint TrustAfrica en Novembre 2014 comme IT Officer. Elle a précédemment travaillé comme développeur Android pour le  Groupe Chaka, une entreprise sénégalaise où elle faisait partie du département mobile et a participé au développement de plusieurs applications. Elle a étudié à l'Université Cheikh Anta Diop et à l'Institut Supérieur d'Informatique à Dakar. Elle parle français et est en train de travailler pour améliorer son anglais.

Dans le cadre du portage de la justice transitionnelle par les organisations de la société civile du Mali, la Coalition Malienne des Défenseurs des Droits Humains (COMADDH) organise un atelier national du 6 – 8 novembre 2013 au Grand hôtel de Bamako.

Placé sous la coprésidence du Ministère de la Justice et du Ministère de la Réconciliation Nationale et du Développement des Régions du Nord, l'atelier vise à renforcer les capacités institutionnelles de la société civile en vue de lui permettre un meilleur portage de la justice transitionnelle dans la double perspective de recoudre le tissu social et d'engager les communautés dans le processus de développement global et harmonieux de leur localité.

L'atelier qui a été possible grâce au soutien de TrustAfrica, regroupera les organisations des régions de Kayes, Koulikoro, Sikasso, Ségou, Mopti, Tombouctou, Gao, Kidal et du District de Bamako.

Ensemble, travaillons pour un Mali d'Etat de droit, réconcilié et engagé dans la bataille du développement.

Dans le cadre de son programme de développement agricole, TrustAfrica, en partenariat avec la Fondation Bill et Melinda Gates, organisera, du 12 au 13 novembre 2013 à l'Hôtel Laico Regency de Nairobi, au Kenya, une rencontre de deux jours sur le thème « Une décennie de PDDAA : Réflexions sur les principaux résultats des réformes des politiques agricoles en Afrique ». L'objectif de cette rencontre est de sensibiliser sur le rôle de l'agriculture dans le développement et donner la parole aux personnes les plus touchées par les politiques de développement agricole, notamment les petits agriculteurs. Participeront à la rencontre des acteurs de la société civile concernés par le projet de développement agricole de TrustAfrica et d'autres personnes engagées dans l'élaboration de politiques agricoles.

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