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Greetings from Dakar!

A new year is upon us and with that, TrustAfrica has big plans! This year promises to hold more convenings, workshops and publications than ever before. In addition, as you'll learn below, we've taken on new projects, feted major dignataries, liased on major political movements and the need to strengthen social justice. We're communicating more, reaching out more and developing more as an organization going into its sixth year. Thank you for being a part of it all and for continuing to join us as we move forward.

TrustAfrica Fosters Innovative Learning Approaches
Children's Numeracy and Literacy Skills Focus of New Leaning Innovation Fund

TrustAfrica is the proud recipient of a $1.5 million grant from The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation to support a project entitled "The Learning Innovation Fund." The project will provide small grants and technical assistance to local organizations in four countries to improve literacy and numeracy skills for children during their first four years of primary school.

The project will target Senegal and Mali in West Africa and Uganda and Kenya in East Africa. These four countries provide an opportunity to pilot the project in both English and French thus offering a comparative learning opportunity. Additionally, the governments in these countries have demonstrated interest in development policy reform, opening the door to possibilities for future policy advocacy and the potential for scaling up proven innovations.

The primary goal of the project is to foster innovative learning approaches and environments for early learners who are currently not well served by existing education systems. Targeting children ages 5 - 11 years-old, the project will specifically seek to:

  1. Significantly improve the literacy and numeracy competencies among early learners through cutting-edge innovations that are successfully piloted in different geographic locations and contexts;
  2. Identify the enabling factors and feasibility probability for taking early-learning innovations to scale within the focus countries through outreach;
  3. Strengthen the effectiveness of organizations that produce the early-learning innovations, through technical assistance provision, and peer-learning opportunities; and
  4. Promote dissemination of the innovation results among relevant policy stakeholders.

Advocating for Criminal Justice in Africa
Civil Society Convenes to Strengthen Accountability in Justice Institutions
ICC Conference

Civil society organizations (CSOs) from 13 African countries, as well as several international organizations, convened in Nairobi, Kenya on November 15 - 17 for a strategy meeting on advancing international criminal justice in Africa. In light of the International Criminal Court's (ICC) focus on Africa, while ignoring crimes in other parts of the world, refusal to listen to requests to defer cases by the African Union (AU), and other issues, several AU member states have become non-cooperative and have threatened to withdraw from the ICC.

"Advancing International Criminal Justice in Africa: State Responsibility, the ICC, and the AU--Towards an Effective Advocacy Response," hosted by TrustAfrica, the CCP-AU, and the MacArthur Foundation, provided an opportunity for stakeholders, including CSOs, policy experts, scholars, and individual activists, to devise a strategic response to the ICC backlash and help engage funders in collaborative grant-making around these issues.

The convening included a candid appraisal of the historic relationship between the ICC and Africa and purposefully sought to shift the discourse from reactive to proactive, including how to address genuine concerns with the ICC's record in Africa without undermining the progress made so far on the continent.

In his keynote speech to the meeting, Kenyan Chief Justice, the Honorable Dr. Willy Mutunga called on CSOs to not lose sight of the fact that the ICC is a court of last resort, designed to step in where national institutions have failed. He therefore urged participants to work to strengthen institutions of governance on the continent, in particular robust investigatory, prosecutorial and penal institutions to deal with issues of impunity and serious crimes against humanity.

The ICC was represented by the Head of the Jurisdiction, Complementarity and Cooperation Division of the Office of the Prosecutor who gave a comprehensive description of the ICC's mandate, as well as a specific analysis of the current cases pending before the Court.

In keeping with the conference's intention to develop concrete plans for action, participating CSOs identified a range of advocacy and capacity building strategies at the national, continental and international levels. They also highlighted the need to enhance networking to effectively address cross-cutting issues. In addition, working groups were proposed to spearhead specific thematic interventions at various levels.

All in all, the conference was successfully able to focus attention on this critical issue and motivate stakeholders to continue to improve mechanisms to end impunity and seek justice, peace and reconciliation for victims of atrocities.

Bridging the Digital Divide
TrustAfrica Donates Equipment to Strengthen ICT in Schools

On January 17, 2012, as part of its mission, among others, to close the digital divide, TrustAfrica donated used computer equipment, televisions, air conditioners and cooking equipment worth approximately $20,000 to a local NGO, SENECLIC, to be distributed to needy schools. SENECLIC specializes in refurbishing used equipment and training school beneficiaries in repair and maintenance so that the equipment can remain viable.

"We believe that this batch of equipment will contribute to the wellbeing of beneficiaries," said Akwasi Aidoo, Executive Director of TrustAfrica. "An active citizen is an essential element for a prosperous and sustainable society and we hope this donation will help young children to become engaged citizens," he said.

The head of Seneclic, Mr. Ababacar Diop, added that Information and Communication Technology is a powerful tool which he hopes to advance by populating classrooms in Senegal with multimedia. "The main objective of Seneclic is to affect over 8,000 elementary schools in the national territory," he said.

Pictured, left to right, Ababacar Diop, Director of Seneclic and Akwasi Aidoo, Director of TrustAfrica, hold one of the laptop computers that was donated.

Civil Society Strengthens Role in Governance Assessments
Conference Emphasizes Local NGOs Involvement in Policy through Fact-Finding Tools

On November 10-12, 2011, TrustAfrica was one of the co-sponsors of the United Nations Development Programme's 3-day workshop in Dakar, Senegal on how civil society can more effectively promote accountability of governments through governance assessments. In its role as both producers and users of governance data, civil society is perfectly positioned to intervene when it comes to public institutions, actors and policies, based on the evidence before it. Governance assessments help identify opportunities and diagnose deficits in governments but there needs to be a better understanding of how to translate this knowledge into practice.

The conference brought together more than 120 civil society practitioners, researchers and development practitioners from more than 30 countries, and representatives of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). It was organized by the UNDP Partnerships Bureau/Civil Society Division, the Bureau for Development Policy/Oslo Governance Centre and the Regional Bureau of Africa, with support from the UNDP-France Trust Fund together with four leading partners in the field of civil society and governance: TrustAfrica, CIVICUS, CONGAD and the African Governance Institute.

TrustAfrica Honors Nobel Laureates with Celebration Dinner
Liberia Civil Society Initiative Acknowledges President Johnson-Sirleaf and Leymah Gbowee
Nobel Laureate Dinner

On December 5, 2011, more than 150 guests entered the doors of City Hall in Monrovia, Liberia to sit down for dinner with two very special guests. President of Liberia Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf and Leymah Gbowee joined dignataries, civil society representatives, members of government, friends and family to listen to music, enjoy fine dining, hear speeches and receive good wishes on the eve of their departure to Oslo, Norway to accept their awards. The occasion, organized through the Liberia Civil Society Initiative of TrustAfrica, was an opportunity to bring civil society and the government together and take pride in all the accomplishments Liberia has made since the war ended.

Pictured: TrustAfrica Staff pose for a photo with Nobel Laureate Leymah Gbowee (center).

TrustAfrica Hosts Panel Discussion on Gender Financing in NYC

On February 28, 2012, TrustAfrica will host "Financing for Gender Equality: The Role of African Foundations" as a parallel event for the United Nations Commision on the Status of Women meetings held that week. The event will take place from 8:30 to 10:00 AM, at the Church Center, UN, in New York City. It will feature an exciting panel of presenters, including H.E. Ms. Bissi Adeleye-Fayemi, Co-Founder of the African Women's Development Fund (AWDF) and First Lady of Ekiti State, Nigeria, Ms. Roselynn Musa, Program Manager, Africa Women's Development and Communication Network (FEMNET), and Dr. Akwasi Aidoo, Executive Director of TrustAfrica. It will be moderated by Ms. Theo Sowa, Interim CEO, African Women's Development Fund. Hope to see you there!

Our Team is Growing
Meet our newest staff members
Moustapha and Timing

Moustapha Diop, Finance Associate. Moustapha Diop joined the finance department of TrustAfrica in November, 2011. After various internships in various sectors (public and private), he joined the prestigious firm of Deloitte Touche Tomatsu Limited to serve as a financial auditor for five years where he gained considerable experience in several sectors including the NGO sector. Mr. Diop has a degree in polytechnics and trade in Ivory Coast with a specialization in audit and management control. As for extracurricular activities, Mr. Diop was Chairman of the Leo Club Stella Abidjan.

Timing Lama, Administrative Assistant, Liberia Civil Society Initiative. Timing Lama joined Trust Africa in November, 2011. Previously, she was an Administrative Assistant at AEP Consultants, Inc. a private firm in Monrovia, Liberia. Timing has a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration from Don Bosco polytechnic (Now Stella Maris Polytechnic) in Monrovia and is currently pursuing a master's degree in Business Administration (MBA) at the University of Liberia Graduate School. She is fluent in English.

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Fouad Abdelmoumni

M. Abdelmoumni est un militant de la société civile, un expert en micro-finance et directeur d’Al Amana, une association marocaine œuvrant pour la promotion des micro-entreprises, depuis sa création en 1996 jusqu'à son départ en 2010, laissant à l’actif de l’association un portefeuille de 400.000 prêts d’une valeur de 300 millions de dollars américains. Ayant occupé plusieurs postes de direction, notamment au sein du Comité exécutif du Groupe consultatif d'assistance aux pauvres et du Groupe de conseillers des Nations Unies pour l'Année internationale du microcredit en 2005, M. Abdelmoumni a également été Vice-président de l'Association marocaine des droits de l'homme et Secrétaire adjoint de l’Espace associatif pour la promotion de la société civile. Il est titulaire d'un diplôme en Economie du Développement de l'Université Mohammed V à Rabat et d’un diplôme de l'ISCAE (Institut Supérieur de Commerce et d'Administration des Entreprises) de Casablanca équivalent au MBA. M. Abdelmoumni est une ancienne victime de la répression politique dans son pays, ayant été détenu de 1977 à 1980 et porté disparu de 1983 à 1984.

Akwasi Aidoo

Le Dr. Aidoo a une vaste expérience dans le domaine de la philanthropie en Afrique. Parmi ses postes précédents on peut citer celui d’agent régional de programme pour l’Afrique de l’Ouest et l’Afrique Centrale au Centre de Recherches pour le Développement International (CRDI), celui de Chef des Représentations de la Fondation Ford au Sénégal et au Nigeria et Directeur de l’Initiative Spéciale de la Fondation Ford pour l’Afrique. Le Dr. Aidoo est membre du Conseil de plusieurs organisations à but non lucratif, dont Resource Alliance, Fund for Global Human Rights [Fonds Mondial des Droits de l’Homme], Global Greengrants Fund, Open Society Institute for West Africa, et International Beliefs and Values Institute [Institut Internationale des Croyances et des Valeurs]. Il a fait ses études au Ghana et aux États-Unis, et a terminé son Doctorat en sociologie à l’Université du Connecticut en 1985. Il a enseigné dans des Universités au Ghana, en Tanzanie et aux États-Unis. Il écrit des poèmes et des nouvelles à ses moments libres.

Tade Aina

En sa qualité de Directeur des programmes pour l’enseignement supérieur en Afrique, Omotade « Tade » Akin Aina a pour rôle d’élaborer et de mettre en œuvre la stratégie de la Fondation en vue d’accélérer le développement économique et social en Afrique grâce au renforcement de l’enseignement, de la recherche, de la formation universitaire et du leadership. Tade est un cadre expérimenté de la Fondation. Fort d’une expérience de dix ans au bureau de la Fondation Ford à Nairobi pour lequel il a récemment été Représentant régional pour l’Afrique de l’Est, il s’y est distingué pour sens de l’innovation et son leadership visionnaire. Tade a rejoint la Fondation Ford en 1998 après avoir occupé le poste de Secrétaire exécutif adjoint au Conseil pour le développement de la recherche en sciences sociales en Afrique (CODESRIA). Tade Aina a suivi des études en sociologie à l’Université de Lagos et à la London School of Economics avant d’obtenir son doctorat à l’Université de Sussex. Avant de rejoindre le CODESRIA, il a été professeur titulaire de sociologie à l’Université de Lagos, tenant des séminaires sur la pauvreté urbaine, la méthodologie et le développement de la recherche. Tade est actuellement membre du Conseil d’administration d’autres organisations parmi lesquelles figurent la Commission kényane des droits de l’homme et Winrock International.

Aïcha Bah Diallo

Etoile renommée dans le domaine de la formation des femmes et des filles, Mme Bah Diallo vient de la Guinée, où elle a servi comme Ministre de l’Education Nationale de 1989 à 1996, mettant en œuvre des réformes majeures qui ont renforcé l’accès à l’éducation primaire et ont doublé la scolarisation des filles. Elle a continué dans cette lancée en devenant Responsable Principale des Services Pédagogiques de l’UNESCO, où, de 1996 à 2005, elle a travaillé pour réduire les obstacles à la scolarisation des filles dans les pays les moins développés du monde. Mme Bah Diallo a contribué à la création à la fois du Forum des Femmes Éducatrices (FAWE) en 1992 et de l’Association pour le Renforcement de l’Enseignement Supérieur pour les Femmes en Afrique (ASHEWA) en 2005. Elle est actuellement Conseillère du Directeur Général de l’UNESCO sur l’éducation des filles en Afrique et membre du Comité Prix de la Fondation Mo Ibrahim. Maîtrisant parfaitement six langues (le Français, l’Anglais, l’Espagnol, le Fulani, le Mandingo et le Soussou), elle est titulaire d’une licence en Chimie de l’Université de Penn State et d’un diplôme de troisième cycle en biochimie de l’Université Gamal Abdel Nasser en Guinée. Pour ses contributions dans le domaine de l’éducation, Mme Bah Diallo a été décorée ‘Commandeur des Palmes Académiques Françaises’ et aussi ‘Officier de l’Ordre National de Côte d’Ivoire’.

Dr. Natalia Kanem

Le Dr Natalia Kanem est une championne de la santé maternelle infantile à travers le monde. Forte d’une longue expérience en matière de philanthropie, son travail consiste à réexaminer la relation entre la culture et la tradition et la transformation des conditions de santé publique pour les personnes faisant l’objet d’une couverture sanitaire inadéquate à travers le monde. Elle est associé principale de la Lloyd Best Institute (Antilles). Le Dr Kanem a été présidente fondatrice d’ELMA Philanthropies, une grande organisation de prestation de services de promotion de la santé et de l’éducation pour les enfants africains. Auparavant, elle a été co-fondatrice du Harlem Center for Health Promotion (Centre de Harlem pour la promotion de la santé) et participé aux premiers essais réussis de traitement pédiatrique du VIH/SIDA. Vice-présidente adjointe de la Fondation Ford, elle a financé des programmes mondiaux de renforcement de la paix et de la justice sociale et dirigé le Conseil du groupe de travail sur la responsabilité de la Fondation. Administratrice de la Fondation Roi Baudouin aux Etats-Unis et du projet « RED » de Nike pour l’Afrique, le Dr Nanem est diplômée d’histoire et de sciences de l’université de Harvard et titulaire également d’un diplôme en médecine de l’Université de Columbia et d’un Master en santé publique de l’Université de Washington.

Janet Naumi Mawiyoo

Janet Naumi Mawiyoo est la Directrice générale de la Kenya Community Development Foundation, la seule fondation publique nationale au Kenya, qui œuvre pour la promotion du développement durable grâce à des investissements sur le plan social et des subventions qui permettent aux groupes défavorisés et vulnérables de s'assumer. Elle a précédemment servi au ministère kenyan de la Culture et des Services Sociaux, au ministère de l'Enseignement Technique et de Technologie Appliquée, à l'Agence norvégienne pour le développement et à ActionAid International au Kenya et en Tanzanie, où elle a occupé le poste de directrice de pays. Mme Mawiyoo est titulaire d'une Licence en assistance sociale de l'Université de Nairobi, d'une maîtrise en économie de l'Université de Manchester (Royaume-Uni) où elle s'est spécialisée en administration et gestion du développement, et a obtenu un diplôme de troisième cycle en développement organisationnel.

Sibongile Mkhabela

Sibongile Mkhabela est la Directrice générale du Fonds Nelson Mandela pour les enfants qui œuvre pour l'amélioration des conditions de vie des enfants et des jeunes pauvres. Ce Fonds est passé, sous sa direction, à 500 millions de rands/50 millions dollars. Elle dirige actuellement, pour deux ans, Hôpital d'Enfants Nelson Mandela, l'une des initiatives phares du Fonds. Titulaire d'un diplôme en assistance sociale et de plusieurs diplômes d'études supérieures, Bongi (comme l'appellent ses amis) a occupé des postes de responsabilité au Programme des Nations Unies pour le Développement, au Programme des Nations Unies pour l'Education et au Conseil Sud-Africain des Eglises. Elle a aussi occupé le poste de Directrice des programmes au cabinet du vice-président d'alors, Thabo Mbeki, et est chargée de superviser les projets stratégiques, y compris les partenariats ONG/gouvernements et les programmes destinés aux enfants. En 2004, elle a reçu la bourse Joel L. Fleishman de la société civile de Duke University (USA). En tant que leader du mouvement estudiantin, Bongi a été membre exécutif du Conseil des représentants des étudiants de Soweto et secrétaire générale du Mouvement des étudiants sud-africains, deux moteurs de la révolte nationale du 16 juin 1976, souvent décrite comme le début de la fin de l'apartheid. Accusée de sédition lors du procès Soweto 11, elle a été emprisonnée pendant trois ans. Après sa libération en 1982, elle a écrit un récit émouvant de l'insurrection, Open Earth and Black Roses.

Malusi Mpumlwana

l’Evéque Mpumlwana dirige le Diocèse Nord de L’Eglise Episcopale Ethiopienne, donnant une mission stratégique au diocèse et en supervisant les prestations de ses prêtres et leaders laïques. Sa vision est de « contribuer à la création d’un exemple d’église africaine plurielle dont la spiritualité responsabilise les faibles – les pauvres, les femmes, et les jeunes – et prend en compte les réalités sociales et économiques de notre temps pour le bien commun ». Cela est en phase avec ses autres objectifs y compris, présider le Conseil de l’Agence Nationale de Développement de l’Afrique du Sud, une agence de subvention qui renseigne sur les politiques de développement du gouvernement. L’Evéque Mpumlwana est adjoint du président du Conseil Consultatif sur les Ordres Nationaux et siège au conseil du Projet des Ecoles Historiques, entre autres organisations et corporations à but non lucratif. Il est actuellement Maître de Conférence / professeur agrégé à Setsing sa Modisa, travaillant sur des plateformes de développement des jeunes, de l’action sociale, et d’instruments pour la sécurité sociale des pauvres. Il a fait ses études au Séminaire théologique Fédéral et à l’université de Cape Town et son mémoire de recherche théologique porte sur la pratique de ce qu’il appelle la Théologie Kairos, avec comme exemple des documents Kairos de l’Afrique du Sud datant de 1985. C’est une théologie qui réfléchit sur les défis majeurs et transmet ces éléments qui nécessitent une intervention, sans laquelle l’histoire jugerait de façon négative. A cet égard, il a travaillé avec d’autres théologiens en Afrique du Sud, au Afrique, au Moyen Orient et en Amérique Latine. Jusqu’en août 2006, il travaillait comme Directeur de la Fondation W.K. Kellogg pour la région Afrique, dirigeant sa programmation au Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Afrique du Sud, Swaziland, et Zimbabwe.

Adhiambo Odaga

Dr Odaga est la Directrice général, Dangote Foundation.  Elle  était la représentante de la Fondation Ford pour l’Afrique de l’Ouest depuis 11 ans, ayant auparavant été administrateur de programme pour l’environnement et la micro finance en Afrique de l’Ouest. Avant de rejoindre la Fondation, elle a travaillé sur un projet pour renforcer le rôle de la Banque mondiale dans la promotion de la scolarisation des femmes en Afrique et a été la spécialiste en science sociale du Centre international de la pomme de terre pour l’Afrique de l’Ouest basé au Cameroun. Elle est titulaire d’un doctorat (Ph.D.) de St. Anthony’s College, de l’Université d’Oxford où elle est entrée en tant que première boursière de la Fondation Cecil Rhodes.

Gerry Salole

Dr Salole est le Directeur exécutif du European Foundation Centre. Il est titulaire d’une maîtrise (M.A.) en économie de l’Université de Manchester et d’un doctorat (Ph.D.) en anthropologie de l’Université de Manchester. Parmi les postes occupés précédemment, signalons : représentant du Bureau de l’Afrique australe de la Fondation Ford basé à Johannesburg, et Chef du Département Programme Documentation et Communication de la Fondation Bernard van Leer, basée à La Haie. Auparavant, le Dr Salole a travaillé pour Save the Children Federation (USA) en Éthiopie et au Zimbabwe, ainsi que pour Redd Barna (Fédération norvégienne de Save the Children), OXFAM et le HCR dans son pays natal, l’Éthiopie. Il a beaucoup écrit sur le travail de développement et sur les questions d’identité.

Bahru Zewde

Professeur Zewde est un éminent historien qui est actuellement un professeur émérite d’histoire à l’Université d’Addis-Abeba. Il est membre fondateur du Forum for Social Studies dont il a été le président du Conseil d’administration de 1998 à 2004. Il est également très actif à la direction de plusieurs associations panafricaines, associations sous régionales et réseaux de recherche. Le Professeur Zewde est également l’auteur de l’important livre àHistory of Modern Ethiopia 1885–1991 and Pioneers of Change in Ethiopia: The Reformist Intellectuals of the Early Twentieth Century. Il est titulaire d’un doctorat (Ph.D.) du School of Oriental and African Studies de l’Université de Londres.
Lors d'une retraite du personnel de TrustAfrica, nous nous étions engagés dans une réflexion sur la vision de la Fondation pour l'Afrique, sa mission, ses principes directeurs et ses programmes. Après de nombreuses et fructueuses discussions, nous avions créé une représentation visuelle de nos idées que nous avons le plaisir de partager avec vous ici.

A TrustAfrica, nous croyons au respect des normes les plus strictes en matière de performance institutionnelles. Nous croyons à la nécessité d'une une gestion saine, d'une gouvernance responsable et transparente, d'une communication efficace pour réaliser des résultats durables. Nous nous efforçons d'être fidèles aux idéaux que nous prônons et espérons que d'autres institutions africaines suivront notre exemple. GlassPockets et GuideStar sont deux ressources en ligne que nous avons trouvées particulièrement utiles à cet égard. Cette dernière nous a attribué le Guide Star Exchange Seal en reconnaissance de la transparence dont fait montre notre institution.

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TrustAfrica cherche à renforcer les initiatives africaines qui s’attaquent aux défis les plus complexes auxquels le continent est confronté. Nous axons actuellement nos efforts sur trois domaines cruciaux :

  • Assurer les conditions pour la démocratie ;
  • Favoriser l’entreprise africaine et atteindre une prospérité largement partagée ; et
  • Cultiver l’utilisation de ressources africaines pour la démocratie et le développement.
  • TrustAfrica travaille essentiellement en collaboration et en partenariat avec des institutions et des donateurs qui partagent les mêmes opinions. Comme catalyseur et responsable, nous sommes tenus de générer et de tester de nouvelles idées. Nous nous efforçons également de pratiquer la bonne gouvernance et de la promouvoir parmi nos bénéficiaires.

Nos valeurs fondamentales

À TrustAfrica, nous croyons:

  • Qu’il faut faciliter la collaboration entre les institutions africaines et construire des relations à long terme avec les bénéficiaires ;
  • Qu’il faut maintenir les normes les plus élevées de performance institutionnelle, y compris une gestion saine, une gouvernance responsable et transparente, une communication efficace et des résultats durables ; et
  • Qu’il faut établir des relations plus étroites avec la diaspora africaine afin de renforcer les alliances mondiales pour l’Afrique.
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Greetings from Dakar:

TrustAfrica is making an impact! Perhaps you're not aware, but we have been reaching out to partners, stakeholders and interested parties all over the continent. Last month we were in Tunisia, discussing the drivers that led to the Arab Spring. In May we were in Zimbabwe, rapping, painting, dancing and debating about how the arts can encourage change. Here in our own Senegal we were lending a few neighbors a helping hand through our community grants program.

To really get a feel for some of the work taking place, check out the homepage of our Website and click on the "Impact" link just underneath the photo gallery or just click here. You'll see, hear and read news directly from our partners about the important work they are doing.

We are only as effective as the stakeholders we support. We hope you'll take a moment in your very busy day to take a look at some of the efforts taking place across the continent. We guarantee it will erase your sense of frustration and inspire you to advocate for changes in your own life. Impact is something that everyone can achieve. Whether on the local, national or Pan-African level, we encourage you to take action!

Call for Proposals for the Early Learning Innovations Fund
Deadline extended to August 15, 2012

TrustAfrica in partnership with the Hewlett Foundation, is inviting applications for grants to design and implement early learning innovation projects from organizations in Kenya, Uganda, Mali and Senegal. We are seeking organizations with a credible track record in the area of designing and implementing learning innovations, to submit applications for funding partnerships. At this stage, our 'Early Learning Innovations Fund' is at the pilot phase and we are looking at disbursing grants averaging US$55,000 for projects that can be implemented over 24 months, starting from October 2012.

The primary goal of the project is to foster innovative learning approaches and environments for early learners who are currently not well served by existing education systems. Targeting children ages 5 - 11 years-old, the project will specifically seek to:

  1. Significantly improve the literacy and numeracy competencies among early learners through cutting-edge innovations that are successfully piloted in different geographic locations and contexts;
  2. Identify the enabling factors and feasibility probability for taking early-learning innovations to scale within the focus countries through outreach;
  3. Strengthen the effectiveness of organizations that produce the early-learning innovations, through technical assistance provision, and peer-learning opportunities; and
  4. Promote dissemination of the innovation results among relevant policy stakeholders.

Applications for the grants can be found in both English and French on the TrustAfrica Website.

Dialogue in North Africa Offers Opportunity to Discuss a Way Forward for Social Change
Participants from Workshop in Tunisia

Leading scholars and members of civil society gathered in Tunisia to debate critical issues related to the recent social and political unrest in various parts of North Africa during a workshop entitled "Major Drivers of Social Change in Africa-Overview and a Way Forward." The workshop, organized by TrustAfrica, brought together researchers, university professors, activists and civil society practitioners both to discuss and challenge existing practices related to social change.

Africa continues to face daunting challenges in terms of governance issues. While the events during the recent "Arab Spring" opened the door for popular movements promoting democracy and citizen-focused efforts to challenge existing government norms, the growth in citizen confidence and agency is not universally welcomed. Some governments feel the expanding civic space poses a threat to their previously unfettered control and hegemony. In several countries, governments have adopted autocratic and authoritarian responses to citizens' demands for more transparency and accountability while others stealthily seek to lengthen their terms in office. A number of governments have also introduced legislation designed to constrain, weaken, or even close down civil society organizations. Without doubt, this democratic recession poses a major threat to Africa's future stability and development.

The workshop was intended to discuss in detail the context under which the Arab Spring took place, and provide a platform for a dialogue between countries in North Africa and sub-Saharan Africa. Participants were drawn from Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Tunisia, Mozambique, and Senegal. During the workshop there was a clear demand for more platforms like these, as well as the need to network the youth across the various countries of Africa. The youth are a critical factor to pay attention to during this time in Africa's history.

There were deep discussions also on religion and how it has been politicized. Another theme that came through strongly was that of the "post-modern coup." This new form of coup involves tactics by dictators on regulating the social media and using that space to target social activists.

In addition to the workshop, the meeting offered an opportunity for a preview of a new book edited by TrustAfrica. The book, entitled "(Dis)Enabling the Public Sphere: Civil Society Regulation in Africa (Volume 2)" is part of a three-volume series focused on the regulatory environment for civil society. Volume 2 focuses on North Africa and includes thematic discussions on the main drivers of change in the region, in particular, youth, women, religion and social media, based on the events that took place around the Arab Spring. The book builds on Volume 1, released in 2011, that focused on Southern Africa and some countries in Central and East Africa. A final volume covering West Africa is due out in 2013.

TrustAfrica's Neighborhood Support Program Helps Strengthen Communities
Women processing cereals

In an effort to play a greater role in supporting local communities in Senegal, TrustAfrica has established a Neighborhood Support Program (NSP). The first grant of the program was awarded to a women's group that processes, packages and sells local cereals. GIE and Defar Yaraax (GADY) is located in Hann Village, one of the poorest areas in the Dakar region. Through its Equitable Development program, TrustAfrica aims to improve the social and economic status of women in their community. It has awarded GADY a three-year grant for a total of $25,000.

The objective of the grant is to establish a cereals processing unit and provide training so that selected members of 25 women's groups will be able to pass on their skills to other women in the community. These efforts are intended to directly increase women's income and perhaps open the door to further opportunities for skills sharing and product distribution.

The trainings will take place in conjunction with the Institut Technologique Alimentaire (ITA), a local institution that works on research and development for food and nutrition.

Most recently, the project launched its activities during a ceremony that was attended by the Mayor of Hann, project participants and TrustAfrica staff. The hope is that through hard work, word of mouth and continued training, the project will quickly start to bring in profits that will not only benefit the community, but increase demand to the extent where the business can be self-sustaining.

Create, Inspire, Change Lights Up the Artistic and Activist Communities
Zimbabwe Alliance Harnesses the Power of Arts and Culture to Spark Fresh Ideas, New Approaches
Briggs Bomba at Create, Inspire, Change

As part of its strategy to use the arts and cultural activism as a means to advance social and political change, TrustAfrica's Zimbabwe Alliance, in conjunction with Magamba Cultural Activist Network and Pemberi Trust organized an exciting program in Harare Zimbabwe, May 1-6. Entitled "Create, Inspire, Change," the festival offered a platform to the usually marginalized youth voices and created an inspiring space for a wide range of artistic expression, including Hip Hop, Reggae, Graffiti, spoken word, painting, and theatre as a mechanism for addressing issues related to democracy, governance and social justice. As part of the program, artists, activists, academics and civil society actors attended critical discussions and workshops that offered practical skills sharing and collaboration and witnessed public performances that capped off the activities.

One highlight of the event was an interactive discussion session featuring the celebrated Senegalese musician, filmmaker, organizer and PanAfrican activist, Didier Awadi. Drawing on his experiences and background in combining the arts, politics and social causes, Awadi shared valuable experience and insights on the role of arts activism and protest in defending democracy in Senegal during its recent presidential elections.

New Fund Engages Civil Society to Advocate for International Criminal Justice

TrustAfrica is pleased to announce a new project, "The Fund to Advance International Criminal Justice in Africa." The project is a follow-up to a series of meetings on International Criminal Justice, the most recent of which took place in Nairobi, Kenya at the end of last year. The $1.15 million, multi-donor effort seeks to ensure greater collaboration and accountability among African states to transform the field of international criminal justice in Africa.

In particular, through a series of activities, the fund seeks to mobilize civil society around international criminal justice in the following manner:

  • Shepherd the creation and implementation of a joint multi-pronged civil society advocacy strategy for advancing international criminal justice in Africa, particularly those that strengthen the Rome Statute system;
  • Implement grantmaking to support the advocacy strategy;
  • Foster and coordinate a productive network of organizations and advocates who will implement the advocacy strategy; and
  • Track and evaluate progress in the implementation of the advocacy strategy.

This three-year multimillion dollar effort remains open to receiving new funding partners. In the meantime, interested stakeholders should continue to check the TrustAfrica Website for further information as the project progresses.

Our Team is Growing
Meet our newest staff members
Halima Mohamed

Halima Mohamed, Philanthropy Program Advisor. Halima Mohamed joined us in April 2012 as our Philanthropy Program Advisor. Based in Johannesburg, Halima is focusing on developing knowledge building, outreach and advocacy on African philanthropy and advancing work on social justice philanthropy in Africa. She has previously worked at the Ford Foundation Office for Southern Africa, at the EDGE Institute, and as a long-term consultant to the Ford Foundation and the Global Fund for Community Foundations. She is an independent consultant and also serves on the Philanthropy for Social Justice and Peace Working Group and the Alliance magazine editorial board. She holds a Masters Degree in Development Studies, with distinction, from the University of the Witwatersrand -- with a research focus on social justice philanthropy in South Africa.

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Second Annual African Grantmakers Conference Highlights Growing Interest


hat's New, What's Now, What's Next, Growing African Philanthropy" a three-day conference sponsored by the African Grantmaker's Network (AGN) was a terrific opportunity to participate in an exciting dialogue on the latest developments happening in philanthropy on the continent. Moderated by the formidable Deprose Muchena from OSISA, one session moved seamlessly into the next as attendees listened to keen insights provided by a wide range of luminaries, networked with nearly 400 guests, and nibbled on a variety of tasty dishes, all the while enjoying the wide-open spaces of the ultra-modern Turbine Hall in Johannesburg, South Africa.

The second annual AGN Assembly kicked off with welcome remarks by Janet Mawiyoo, AGN Chairperson and Executive Director of the Kenya Community Development Foundation. Participants were then treated to two surprise guests, H.E. Bongi Ngema, current First Lady of South Africa and H.E. Graca Machel, political activist and former First Lady of South Africa and Mozambique. Dr. Machel made a number of thought-provoking statements about the nature of philanthropy in Africa, including "Philanthropy starts in Africa with an idea and ends with a search for money, elsewhere it is the reverse." She urged philanthropists to "build a chain of solidarity with those we serve" and reminded them of the example of churches whose sustainability is through solidarity, even if they go through long periods without money.

After Dr. Machel departed, the morning plenary session started. Plenary discussions each day focused on the issues raised by the conference title. Topics for parallel sessions in the afternoons ranged from celebrity philanthropy in Africa to philanthropy's role in shifting power from North to South. Other high-level guests included Joaquim Chissano (Former President of Mozambique), Mamphela Ramphele (academic and former anti-apartheid activist), and Jay Naidoo (Actvist and Chair, Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN)). The final day of the conference, The Zimbabwe Alliance, a project funded through a number of donors including TrustAfrica, gave a presentation on its activities and the challenges and opportunities the project faces.

Guests were invited to attend two separate awards ceremonies on consecutive evenings. The first, the Inyathelo Philanthropy Awards, honored several selfless South Africans and announced the 2012 AGN Philanthropy awardwinner, Mrs. Marwa El Daly, Founder and Chairperson of the Maadi Community Foundation in Egypt. The second night, guests were invited to the Drivers of Change Awards gala dinner, hosted by the Southern African Trust and the Mail & Guardian newspaper.

AGN is a Pan-African group comprising grantmaking organizations who work to strengthen the objective of African philanthropy on the continent.   TrustAfrica is the current secretariat for the AGN. To learn more, kindly access the conference Twitter feed at #AGN or #AfricanGrantmakers or visit our photo gallery on Picasa.

A Critical Look at Social Justice Philanthropy in Africa and in the Arab Region

Immediately preceding the AGN conference, TrustAfrica, the Philanthropy for Social Justice and Peace Working Group and the AGN, in collaboration with the Arab Foundations Forum and the Global Fund for Community Foundations, brought together a small group of individuals from across the continent to begin a collective discussion on how to advance debate, build a body of knowledge, inform good practice and strengthen the impact of social justice philanthropy in Africa and in the Arab region. While definitions and understandings vary, broadly speaking "social justice philanthropy" refers to philanthropy that addresses the drivers underlying social, economic and political inequalities.


As the first convening on the continent focused specifically on this topic, it was no surprise that during the one and half days, challenging and complex discussions arose. Participants addressed issues ranging from how to define and understand social justice philanthropy in terms of movement building, to the nature of the risks taken; from examining issues of resource governance and redefining the meaning of enabling giving environments, to making hard choices about what money should or should not be accepted; from sharing experiences around civic action in enabling or oppressive environments, to how to manage power with various constituencies; and the disconnect between policy makers, donors and academia. These and other issues brought about critical reflection of the role philanthropy does, and should, play in developing a more just society.


The convening closed with a strong sense of energy and commitment to continue the self-examination it started. While this convening began as a small focused conversation, it is seen as the first of a series of discussions; and subsequent steps will seek to broaden and deepen the opportunities for such discussions.

Convenings in Several Target Countries Engage Networks, Reveal Gaps

The Higher Education Policy Dialogues have been making their way around the continent! In the last several months of 2012, the Higher Education program held meetings with local and state actors in Uganda, Tanzania and Nigeria. The dialogues are part of the core strategy of the program to promote transformation in higher education, which is critical to secure the conditions for democracy and equitable development in Africa.  


In each of the four target countries (including Ghana), TrustAfrica has aligned itself with government officials, heads of institutions, umbrella bodies of vice chancellors, seasoned academics and development actors to strengthen networks and develop relevant and effective policies that will encourage positive growth in the sector. In collaboration with its local partners, namely Committee of Vice Chancellors (Nigeria), Uganda Vice Chancellors Forum (Uganda) and Committee of Vice Chancellors and Principals of Tanzania, it has held national policy dialogues during which it showcased the findings of its scoping studies and share this information with critical audiences.  


These convenings have provided an opportunity for local actors to augment their agendas with a discussion around a broader range of critical education policy issues. Often, the gatherings have attracted the participation of heads of education ministries (including cabinet ministers), senior officials of other government ministries, parliamentarians and representatives of the private sector, in addition to the academic communities.


The dialogues have also unearthed some critical issues that need to be addressed; for example, in Nigeria, the dialogues generated some controversy when it was revealed that Nigerian students spend nearly $500 million a year to study abroad, rather than staying in their home country. In Tanzania, the Education and Vocational Training Minister stated that higher education would be the engine that will drive the country towards its goals, as defined by the nation's Vision 2025.


The Higher Education Policy Dialogues employ a variety of strategies to address the unique challenges facing higher education on the continent today. The program hopes to sustain the policy dialogues it has started as a means to improve conditions in areas such as governance, financing, collaboration, ethics and standards, research, planning, postgraduate training, and many more. The networks that have been formed are being encouraged to continue to push for reforms of the higher education sector in their respective countries and across the continent.


For more information on the dialogues, including discussion papers, podcasts and videos, please visit our Website at http://bit.ly/SjKsGT and click on the Conferences and Dialogues link on the lefthand side.

Activities are Underway to Shape the Country's Future

The government is taking steps to move the country forward in Liberia. Recently, a group of engaged stakeholders gathered to discuss the President's Vision 2030 Liberia Rising Project, a process whereby local Liberians were provided an opportunity to participate in determining the country's future through a series of meetings around the country, attended by HE President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. Ezekiel Pajibo, Project Director for the Liberia Civil Society Initiative was invited to participate in the process. Last month, the discussions culminated in the President's office releasing a draft vision statement, produced during the National Vision Conference, convened in Gbarnga, Bong County. The statement officially ends the design phase of the Vision 2030 and declares the beginning of the operationalization and implementation of its recommendations.

In an effort to further encourage citizen participation and engagement in the exercise, the Liberia Civil Society Initiative recently awarded a $62,150 grant to the Liberian Media for Democratic Initiatives (LMDI). The grant is intended to allow LMDI to engage in a year-long series of dialogues on the Vision 2030 exercise using community outreach and media platforms to ensure the broadest possible participation and awareness by local populations. The intention is for the dialogues to be broadcast around the country.

Copies of the draft Vision statement can be found on our Website. Please scroll to the bottom of the page and click on the link.  You can access more information on grantee LMDI here.
New and Improved Materials Make Information Easier to Access and Understand

TrustAfrica is undergoing a facelift to improve its grants and communications materials. In an effort to ensure ease of use, greater understanding, and increased accountability, we have redesigned several key components of our grants templates, Website and Annual Report.


The Grants Department has been working for several months to improve the documents needed to apply for a grant from TrustAfrica. After reaching out to several stakeholders and incorporating their feedback, the newly designed templates, which are bi-lingual (English and French) will allow TrustAfrica to better assess the impact its grantees are having in their specialty areas. These information sheets, application forms and budget documents are designed to provide all the relevant information from grantees to best make an assessment of their potential viability as a TrustAfrica grant recipient. In addition, they ensure that TrustAfrica is able to meet its own transparency and accountability objectives as a grantmaking organization. The new templates are already in use and garnering great feedback from our grantee organizations.


In addition, our Website is being upgraded to accommodate all the growth that has taken place in our organization over the last several years. The new site will feature searchable grants and publications databases, an easy to navigate interface and lots more opportunities to better understand the important work our grantees are doing. We are also taking this opportunity to transition into an online annual report that will be more interactive and provide a quick snapshot of the successes and challenges we have faced over the last fiscal year.


We are excited about the many changes and hope you will be, too! 


Meet Our Newest Staff Members

Lyne Mendy, Operations Manager
Ms. Mendy joined us in June 2012. She became part of the permanent staff after working as a consultant for three months. She previously worked at the Ministry of Institutional Relations and at the Ministry of Social Action and National Solidarity in Senegal. Ms. Mendy has also worked in the healthcare industry as a Financial Specialist at Theracom, a CVS Caremark Company and as a Patient's Accountant at Suburban Hospital in the United States. She is a certified translator and holds a degree in Business Administration. She is fluent in English and French.
Jeanne Elone, Program Officer, International Criminal Justice
Ms. Elone rejoins TrustAfrica as Program Officer for the International Criminal Justice fund. Previously, Ms. Elone coordinated research on North African civil society, examining the role of civil society in the political transformations that shook region in 2011 as well as analyzing the legal and regulatory environment in which these groups operate. She also worked with the ICBE Research Fund and managed grant-making in TrustAfrica's three core programs. Ms. Elone has lived in Cameroon, Burkina Faso, France, and the United States, working on a range of issues from fair trade and agricultural subsidies to human rights to development finance. She studied at Columbia University in New York and at the National Institute for Political Science in Paris and is currently pursuing a doctorate at the School for Advanced International Studies (Johns Hopkins University) in Washington, D.C. She is bilingual in French and English.
Angela Naggaga, Project Director, International Criminal Justice Project
Angela Naggaga joined us in December 2012. She previously worked for over six years as Deputy Director of the Institute for Human Rights and Development in Africa (IHRDA), a pan-African NGO based in the Gambia focusing on using African Union human rights treaties and mechanisms to advance human rights in Africa. Prior to joining IHRDA, Angela was an Assistant Lecturer at the faculty of law of Makerere University in Uganda (four years), and also served as Senior Legal Officer of the faculty's Refugee Law Project providing legal aid to refugees and asylum seekers (five years). Ms. Naggaga has a Bachelor of Laws degree from Makerere University, and a Master of Law from Cambridge University in the United Kingdom. She is fluent in English and is working on her French.

TrustAfrica is dedicated to securing the conditions for democratic governance and equitable development in Africa, and we can't do it without people like you. We hope you'll visit our Website and blog often, follow us on Facebook and Twitter, read about our workshops and grant making, and join our $100 per year campaign.




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Executive Director, TrustAfrica

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Du 6 au 7 novembre 2012, TrustAfrica et le Comité des recteurs des universités nigérianes ont eu des discussions sur le thème « L’avenir et la pertinence de universités nigérianes et autres institutions d’enseignement supérieur : Vers la transformation de l’enseignement supérieur ». Cette rencontre de deux jours a réuni des recteurs et autres cadres supérieurs des universités, des syndicats du personnel (Syndicat du personnel enseignant des universités ou ASUU et l’Association nationale des technologistes académiques ou TAAN), des organisations de la société civile et des représentants du secteur privé et des médias en vue d’un échange d’expériences et de meilleures pratiques en matière de bonne gouvernance dans l’enseignement supérieur. Parmi les faits saillants de la conférence on peut noter l’allocution de la ministre de l’Education, le professeur Ahmed Ruqayyatu Rufa’i et celle de l’honorable sénateur Uche Chukwumerije, président du Comité de l’éducation du Sénat.

On September 13-14 TrustAfrica and the Committtee of Vice Chancellors and Principals Tanzania held a dialogue on “Good Governance for Sustainable Quality University Education in Tanzania.” The two-day meeting brought together educators, administrators, government officials, student representatives and the media to share experiences and best practices of good governance in higher education.  Highlights of the conference included a keynote address by the Minister of  Education and Vocational Training, Dr. Shukuru Kawambwa.

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