Dr. Ebrima Sall, Executive Director TrustAfrica/ Interview with University World News

Both the “climax” of globalisation – marked by the rise of Trumpism*, Brexit and narrow nationalisms – and the deepening of globalisation dominated by a neoliberal agenda pose threats to the internationalisation of higher education. However, the African continent and its institutions can still make strategic choices around internationalisation, avoid being locked up in “new forms of dependency”, and contribute towards bridging knowledge divides.

This was the view of Professor Ebrima Sall, former executive secretary of the Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA), and currently executive director of Trust Africa based in Senegal.

Speaking at the second HEFAALA symposium held in Addis Ababa last month on the topic “The climax of globalisation: The endurance of internationalisation”, Sall said the kind of internationalisation promoted by African universities should contribute to the building of a “much more open, inclusive and equitable global higher education space in which the South will not just be at the receiving end, but also an effective, legitimate and recognised contributor”.

“Internationalisation in higher education should also be subjected to critical analysis given the knowledge divides (World Social Science Report 2010) and the inequalities and power dynamics that exist within the world of higher education itself. As we have seen, internationalisation has not always been, and will not always be ‘intentional’.
However, because internationalisation is, in some respects, a site of struggle, Africa as a region, and individual African institutions and countries can make strategic choices in so far as internationalisation is concerned,” he argued.

Patrick Barigbalo Naagbanton, a dear friend to the Trust and an avid human rights crusader, died on Saturday, September 21, 2019. The news of his death was received with great shock and sadness by all. Patrick Naagbanton was nominated and served in the inaugural class of the Trust’s Advisory Council from 2017 – 2019, where his contributions on strategy and advancement for sustainable development in Ogoniland has helped put forward the Trust’s work locally and nationally. His wealth of experience in the development sector spanning over a period of two decades was key in his appointment as a member of the Advisory Council. Patrick was instrumental in helping the relatives of Ken Saro-Wiwa bring a case against Shell in a US court, for their role in his death and nine other activities from Ogoniland. The Shell vs. Wiwa case resulted in a $15.5 million settlement to the plaintiffs in the lawsuit and the creation of the Kiisi Trust Fund with an initial $5 million endowment for the benefit of the Ogoni peoples.

The Arab Gulf Programme for Development (AGFUND) announces the sixth goal of the SDGs 2030 as subject for the 2019 Prince Talal International Prize for Human Development "Ensure access to water and sanitation for all "and invites the United Nations, international and regional organizations, ministries and public institutions, social business enterprises, national NGOs, individuals and development actors worldwide to submit nominations for the Prize. Prince Talal International Prize amounts to US$1,000,000, divided into four categories; the First category prize (US$ 400,000), specified for projects implemented by UN agencies or international and regional NGOs, the Second category prize (US$ 300,000), specified for projects implemented by national NGOs, the Third category prize (US$ 200,000), specified for projects implemented by governmental bodies (ministries and public institutions) or social business enterprises and the Fourth category prize (US$ 100,000), specified for projects initiated, funded and/or implemented by individuals.

It is worth mentioning that the projects that best contribute to achieving all or some of the targets of the sixth Sustainable Development Goal 2030 "Ensure access to water and sanitation for all” shall be eligible to compete for Prince Talal International Prize 2019 and that the deadline for receiving of nomination is 30 November 2019.


About TrustAfrica

TrustAfrica is an African-led, pan-Africa foundation 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) tax exempt organization and has a location agreement with the government of Senegal. It also has offices in Nigeria and Zimbabwe. 


About TrustAfrica

TrustAfrica is an African-led, pan-Africa foundation 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) tax exempt organization and has a location agreement with the government of Senegal. It also has offices in Nigeria and Zimbabwe.

About the Nigeria Anti-Corruption and Criminal Justice Reform Fund (NACCJF)

In its first term, President Buhari’s government demonstrated strong political will in tackling corruption. This offered a window of opportunity to invest and contribute towards driving much needed reforms around accountability through improved anti-corruption and criminal justice administration processes in Nigeria. For this purpose, the Open Society, MacArthur and Ford Foundations came together and established the Nigeria Anticorruption and Criminal Justice Reform Fund (NACCJF) with an investment of 5 million USD.  The Fund was established to support system strengthening, performance enhancing and coordination of anticorruption and criminal justice agencies in Nigeria. Riding on the available political will, the goal of the Fund is to enable the government of Nigeria to realize the following objectives: 

Reports to: Program Director, Kiisi Trust Fund, TrustAfrica

Job Location: Port Harcourt, Nigeria

Start Date: November 1st, 2019

End Date: March 31st, 2020

Hours: 25 hours a week

Compensation: NGN150,000 (Nigerian naira)


The Kiisi Trust at TrustAfrica, is seeking a junior Monitoring and Evaluation consultant open to deepening and learning new skills, to guide us through the process of assessing the quality of our programming, which will help us take measures to deepen our impact.

24 and 25 September 2019

parallel to the SDG Summit
in the Church Center – opposite the UN, New York

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Download the People’s Assembly Announcement

As Heads of State will meet on 24 and 25 September 2019 for the SDG Summit to review the progress of Agenda 2030, we are organizing a parallel People’s Assembly.

The People’s Assembly will bring together people’s representatives and civil society from around the world to give  grassroots and marginalised people a voice. Most importantly, it will be a space for all to jointly analyse the structural reasons for the injustices, act and plan for common future actions to create systemic change to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Climate Agreement.

Civil society plays a key role in advocating and implementing much needed change and to work on the structural causes of poverty and inequalities. However, we are being threatened and civic space to work is dwindling. Civil Society must fight back together and reclaim our space.

We are at the crossroads, as inequality has risen to unsustainable levels and climate change is causing incalculable damage. We can implement change or continue with the status quo. We are determined to act to save the planet and humanity, particularly ensure that no one is left behind.

TrustAfrica (TA) et l’Institut pour la justice économique (Institute for Economic Justice (IEJ) ont le plaisir d’annoncer leur conférence de trois jours sur « la Remise en question des Orthodoxies dans la pensée économique en Afrique, Exploration de solutions alternatives ». La conférence se tiendra du 2 au 4 septembre 2019 à Dakar (Sénégal) avec le soutien de l’institution Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA).

Le continent africain a la possibilité de se transformer de manière à élever les niveaux de vie et de bien-être et à promouvoir les droits et la dignité de tous les peuples, dans la paix, l’unité et la liberté. Le continent regorge de jeunes gens ingénieux et créatifs, de ressources naturelles abondantes, d’un marché commun potentiellement vaste, de la possibilité de développer des industries nationales et d’un potentiel humain inexploité. Et pourtant, 39 des pays ayant les taux de pauvreté les plus élevés se trouvent en Afrique et, en tant que continent, l’Afrique connait les niveaux de développement humain les plus bas. Cette situation ne peut être dissociée de plusieurs siècles d’exploitation. Elle est aussi la conséquence du chemin emprunté (imposé ou choisi) par la plupart des régimes postindépendance. L’imposition de programmes d’ajustement structurel, les Politiques de Consensus de Washington et de Consensus Post-Washington, ainsi que d’autres formes plus récentes de « réformes » néolibérales ont été particulièrement importantes. Celles-ci ont été mises en œuvre et justifiées par des approches économiques conventionnelles, que nous appelons « orthodoxies économiques ».


Par Brenda Peace

Les victimes des crimes internationaux comme le génocide, les crimes de guerre et les crimes contre l’humanité sont au cœur de la lutte contre l’impunité. La Cour Pénale Internationale (CPI) est le premier mécanisme international de responsabilisation à prévoir la participation directe des victimes à la procédure judiciaire à engager en l’espèce. Cette avancée n’a pu toutefois assurer, à ce jour, aux victimes la visibilité et la voix au chapitre voulues à l’échelle nationale, régionale et internationale. C’est du fait d’obstacles d’ordre juridique, technique et financier. Pourtant leur rôle restreint, de plus en plus manifeste, joue dans la quête de l’obligation effective de rendre compte.

En partenariat avec the Inclusive Project, Asia Dalit Right Forum, UNESCO, Amnesty International avec Global Call Against Poverty, IDSN, IMADAR et l’ONG CIVICUS, TrustAfrica a organisé une conférence internationale sur le thème : « Le Partenariat mondial et action conjointe dans la lutte contre la Discrimination fondée sur le Travail, l’Ascendance, l’Intouchabilité, des formes contemporaines d’esclavage et des formes analogues de Discrimination ». A l’issue de cette conférence qui s’est tenue à Dakar, Sénégal du 9 au 11 Avril 2019, un  Réseau africain contre les discriminations basées sur le travail, l’ascendance, l’esclavage et les croyances sociétales a été mis en place. Le réseau regroupe une vingtaine d’organisations des droits humains et des associations des victimes. Les membres du réseau se sont engagés à travailler en solidarité avec toutes les parties prenantes et à œuvrer pour que les organisations qui travaillent

pour des objectifs similaires puissent rejoindre le réseau.

Vous trouverez dans ce numéro un documentaire sur les temps forts de cette rencontre réalisé par Ouest TV et la déclaration de Dakar.

En parfaite conformité avec une de ses stratégies, qui est d’organiser des rencontres multipartites autour des thématiques liées à la démocratie et au développement, TrustAfrica est très satisfaite de cette conférence qui a permis aux différentes communautés discriminées de fédérer leurs actions et d’inscrire le combat dans un cadre africain et planétaire.

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