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At Independence in 1980, Zimbabwe inherited a relatively small informal economy which accounted for less than 10% of the labor force. In 2017, Afrobarometer reported that only 26% of youth between 18 and 35 described themselves as in full-time employment.  Voices of Zimbabwe (VoZ) recent poll of vendors the respondents indicated a lack of formal jobs as the recourse people have to make a living (see VoZ economic series report: www.voicesofzimbabwe.net, @Voices_ZW).

L’Afrique perd chaque année environ 60 milliards USD à travers les flux financiers illicites (FFI). Définis par Global Financial Integrity comme « l’argent illégalement gagné ou transféré », cette énorme hémorragie de ressources financières provenant du continent sape gravement la capacité de l’Afrique à mobiliser des ressources nationales, laissant ainsi les pays africains sans ressources pour financer leur développement. La plupart de ces FFI proviennent de pratiques de fraude et d’évasion fiscales exercées par des sociétés multinationales, en particulier celles qui sont impliquées dans le secteur de l’industrie extractive. Au cours des trois dernières décennies, les pertes cumulées du continent s’élèvent à plus d’un milliard de dollars. Ainsi, les FFI privent effectivement les pays de revenus publics qui auraient pu être utilisés pour lutter contre la pauvreté et les inégalités.

Born and raised in Zimbabwe, Dr. Murisa joined TrustAfrica in December 2009 to coordinate our efforts to build an effective advocacy movement for sustainable and equitable agricultural development in Africa. He was named Executive Director by TrustAfrica’s Board of Trustees in July 2014, and took office on 1 October 2014. Dr. Murisa holds a B.Sc. in political science and administration from the University of Zimbabwe, where he graduated with honors; a Master’s degree in development studies from Leeds University in the UK; and a doctorate in sociology from Rhodes University in South Africa. He brings eight years of experience at the African Institute for Agrarian Studies in Harare, where he developed policy dialogues and training programs aimed at improving pro-poor land and agrarian policies in Africa, and two years of experience at the Poverty Reduction Forum, also in Harare.

CALL FOR EXPRESSION OF INTEREST

The ICJ Fund has initiated a process of embedding impact evaluation (IE) of its new and on-going re-grant recipients. The objective of including this IE component in the ICJ Fund’s programming is to demonstrate whether the project goals and beneficiaries works. This is particularly helpful as grant requests might appear potentially promising before the implementation but fail to generate the expected impacts.

Therefore, TrustAfrica seeks a consultant to carry out an impact evaluation of one of its partners. The evaluation will be implemented as part of the series on “African Civil Society’s Roles in The Fight Against Impunity” – aimed at show casing the impact of CSOs on the impunity gap for atrocity crimes in Africa, which will in turn provide a platform for the evaluation of the Fund’s efforts to build the capacity of civil society groups and strengthen networks across regions. 

The evaluation is expected to generate relevant findings, lessons and recommendations which will be shared independently with stakeholders and the wider community; and then later synthesized as part of the CSO Advancing accountability series to be published as a book. This will be used as best practice to guide and inform the design of future activities.

By Briggs Bomba

Some have questioned whether Zimbabweans have any reason to celebrate the fall of President Robert Mugabe, and sentiments are divided over the meaning of this change to the struggle for democracy and their aspirations for a better future.

I argue that Zimbabweans have every reason to celebrate Mugabe's fall but that the bigger task is to use this opportunity to organize with more vigor for a more democratic and just Zimbabwe.

Further, I assert that Mugabe's fall creates a new cultural climate of which Zimbabweans must take advantage to launch a new era of invigorated civic organizing and citizen agency in the country.

TrustAfrica is an Africa-wide grantmaking foundation that is dedicated to fostering democratic governance and equitable development and works principally through collaboration and partnership with like-minded institutions and donors. It is incorporated in the United States as a 501(c)(3) taxexempt organization and has a location agreement with the government of Senegal. It has program presence in several African countries, maintains partnerships with several of Africa’s leading institutions, and has built a formidable reputation as a strategic grantmaker and an effective convener. Since 2006, TrustAfrica has supported well over 300 cutting-edge projects in 35 countries, with a focus on some of the most challenging countries which are often unreached by traditional funding institutions. TrustAfrica has a core staff from different countries, based in Dakar, Harare, Johannesburg, and Monrovia, and now has staff presence and a network of program advisors and consultants in all the sub-regions of the continent, as well as peer reviewers in over 20 African countries. 

Dakar, 18 oct (APS) - Les juridictions sénégalaises peuvent connaître des crimes internationaux commis hors du Sénégal depuis la modification en 2007 d’un article du code pénal sénégalais consacrant la compétence universelle de ses tribunaux, a soutenu, mercredi, à Dakar, Yousoupha Diallo, ancien procureur adjoint des Chambres africaines extraordinaires (CAE).

Tendisai Chigwedere profite des possibilités de tirer parti de stratégies novatrices et de collaboration pour promouvoir le développement progressif et la gouvernance dans les pays du Sud. En tant que membre fondatrice de l’ONG confessionnelle Transformación Urbana Internacional, elle a aidé à diriger les activités d’engagement civique au niveau des communautés des bidonvilles à la périphérie de la ville de Mexico en dotant les dirigeants locaux de compétences en matière de plaidoyer, de santé communautaire et de développement de petites entreprises. Tendisai est retournée au Zimbabwe en tant qu’initiatrice de la création d’un espace propice à l’innovation, au dialogue et à la recherche de solutions collectives aux problèmes ; a co-organisé le premier TEDxHarare en 2011 ; a soutenu une plus grande ouverture d’espaces pour les économies créatives et les journalistes citoyens, en lançant le premier hub créatif du Zimbabwe, Moto Republik ; et a œuvré à l’évaluation du développement de son fonds de petites subventions en faveur des partenaires à l’engagement civique local, par l’Organisation inter-églises de coopération au développement (ICCO),.

Convaincue de la nécessité de relier les efforts locaux à des processus plus larges de plaidoyer et de politique publique, Tendisai a rejoint l’administration publique au ministère des Affaires étrangères pendant la période du Gouvernement d’Union nationale (GNU) au Zimbabwe, durant laquelle a elle a surtout concentrée sur le portefeuille de l’Union africaine.

L’intersection du parcours professionnel de Tendisai vise maintenant à relier l’engagement civique stratégique à l’innovation du secteur public en tant que vecteur d’un développement dynamique axé sur les populations et d’une gouvernance progressiste en Afrique. Tendisai est titulaire d’une Licence en Journalisme de CSU, Sacramento aux États-Unis, et d’une Maîtrise en Développement international, avec spécialisation en plaidoyer, de Eastern University, aux États-Unis. Elle était boursière du Programme des Nations Unies de bourses sur le désarmement en 2012.  Tendisai parle l’Anglais, l’Espagnol, le Français et le Shona.

Workshop participants group photo taken at Oceanic Bay Hotel, Bagamoyo Tanzania.

The TrustAfrica Agriculture Advocacy Program working with Agriculture Non-State Actors Forum (ANSAF) held a workshop for livestock stakeholders to sharpen policy advocacy skills and to validate a strategic communication and advocacy plan, developed after several months of stakeholder consultations and research. The workshop was held from the 8th to the 11th of August, as a follow-up to the groundwork that saw the emergence of a loose network of livestock policy advocates upon seeing the need to come together to promote accountable, inclusive and equitable livestock policies and investments in Tanzania.

The network is made up of wide range of stakeholders from civil society organisations, pastoralists, research private organisations, farmers unions, private sector companies, development partners as well as government.

Workshop participants group photo taken at Oceanic Bay Hotel, Bagamoyo Tanzania.

The TrustAfrica Agriculture Advocacy Program working with Agriculture Non-State Actors Forum (ANSAF) held a workshop for livestock stakeholders to sharpen policy advocacy skills and to validate a strategic communication and advocacy plan, developed after several months of stakeholder consultations and research. The workshop was held from the 8th to the 11th of August, as a follow-up to the groundwork that saw the emergence of a loose network of livestock policy advocates upon seeing the need to come together to promote accountable, inclusive and equitable livestock policies and investments in Tanzania.

The network is made up of wide range of stakeholders from civil society organisations, pastoralists, research private organisations, farmers unions, private sector companies, development partners as well as government.

The workshop aimed to build the advocacy capacity of the livestock policy forum in targeted and strategic policy and budget advocacy for the implementation of key reforms in the sector. The workshop provided an opportunity to encourage deeper engagement, coordination and collaboration amongst the network members to work together on championing and advancing livestock sector development.

Dr Bethule Nyamambi, who leads the TrustAfrica Agriculture Advocacy Program highlighted that a strong, coordinated advocacy network of stakeholders was necessary to important in livestock policymaking and providing evidence to ensure strategic investments and problem-solving in small-scale livestock sector development. Noting that the Tanzania livestock sector, though significant due to its large livestock numbers, was still under developed and underperforming in terms of contribution to GDP, it was therefore important to engage government on investments and better policies. Opportunities presented in National development plans (FYDP 2015-2020) and Agriculture development plans, ASDP2 (2016-2021), Tanzania Livestock Modernisation Initiative and Livestock Master Plan should be leveraged to make a case for increased investment and solving challenges impeding the sector currently. 

Opening the workshop, Dr S Mlote, Principal Economist M&E in the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries (MALF) said “the forum was coming at the right time, when the Ministry is finalizing the Livestock Master Plan, to guide interventions and investments in the sub-sector”. She emphasized that it is time for stakeholders to work together, advocate for issues and policies that will enable Tanzania to benefit from the large number of livestock through significant economic contribution to the GDP, CAADP goals and even industrialization.

*Dr Mlote, Principal Economist M&E, MALF giving opening remarks

Tanzania livestock sector’s potential contribution to achieving many of the national development goals represents a unique opportunity for far-reaching transformation. However, the 60% of the rural population, that relies on livestock herding for income and food security, are marginalized. Whilst livestock production is a fast-growing sector globally, due in part to changing diets because of increasing disposable incomes, investment in small scale livestock and mobile livestock keeping is still minimal and not inclusive. There is recognition that small-scale livestock farming should be supported for its additional positive and sustainable effects on the environment.

The workshop took time to review the advocacy and communication strategy whose vision is to improve production and productivity of the sector. The plan is to advocate for interventions that address 4 specific challenges impeding; increased public and private investments; low access to feeds; better regulatory environment and reduction in prohibitive taxes, improved access to resources including finance, land, and equipment. This advocacy and communication strategy will serve as a roadmap for the forum’s advocacy and communication engagement to achieve these objectives. Post workshop, the strategy will be finalised and launched in September 2017.

Participants engaging in a facilitated discussion on the livestock policy-making processes

By the end of the workshop, participants acknowledged that they had gained new knowledge and improved their skills on analysing and identifying the policy issues and gaps, and developing alternate policy positions, tracking and monitoring budget allocations and public expenditure, understanding strategies to work with and deepen political will and interventions to increase the visibility of livestock sector initiatives.

TrustAfrica’s agriculture advocacy initiative, with support from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation initiative seeks to strengthen the policy advocacy capacities of unions, associations and intermediary organizations that represent the interests of smallholders. It currently focuses on six countries in West Africa (Ghana, Nigeria and Burkina Faso), East Africa (Tanzania and Uganda) and Southern Africa (Malawi) with a combined population of about 160 million people. TrustAfrica’s work on sustainable, inclusive and equitable agriculture development aims to help such groups as the livestock policy advocacy forum to build the capacity to engage more effectively for better policies. The initiative incorporates knowledge building, grant making and technical assistance, strengthening civil society’s capacity to engage in policy-making processes and advocacy for more inclusive platforms to formulate agricultural policies.

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