TrustAfrica works to secure the conditions for democratic governance by strengthening the capacity of civil society organizations.SEE MORE ON TRUSTAFRICA WEBSITE »
TrustAfrica works to support civil society coalitions and networks to conduct advocacy around regional organizations’ attempt to expand and secure basic freedoms.SEE MORE ON TRUSTAFRICA WEBSITE »
TrustAfrica is working to foster stability and democratic participation as the nation rebounds from civil war.SEE MORE ON TRUSTAFRICA WEBSITE »
We are working with organizations at the national and regional level to strengthen international criminal justice systems in Africa and help civil society advocate against impunity.SEE MORE ON TRUSTAFRICA WEBSITE »
Working together with other funders, TrustAfrica provides grants to strengthen the capacity of civil society and promote democratic transformation in Zimbabwe.SEE MORE ON TRUSTAFRICA WEBSITE »
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On November 10-12, 2011, TrustAfrica was one of several sponsors, along with the UNDP for the "Africa Forum on Civil Society and Governance Assessments." The three-day forum was focused on ensuring effective civil society and governance assessments by sharing information and assessment tools with critical stakeholders including development practitioners, academics, foundations, donors, the private sector and civil society from over 35 countries.
Pictured: Marie-Angelique Savané, First Chairperson, APRM Panel of Eminent Persons
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) aggressive pursuit of accountability from Africans, in particular, several African Union (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.
Pictured: Mr. George Kegoro, Executive Director, International Commission of Jurists, Kenya
The dinner brought together leaders of Liberian civil society with highly placed policy makers in government. It gave a platform for civil society to speak freely and collaborate with the national government.
Pictured (left to right): Kanio Gbala, Program Impact Assessment Officer, Liberia Civil Society Initiative; Ezekiel Pajibo, Program Director, Liberia Civil Society Initiative; President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf; Akwasi Aidoo, Executive Director, TrustAfrica.
We provided a grant to the Crisis Coalition of Zimbabwe to provide technical expertise in the new Constitution process. Our support enabled them to send five experts (including one legal, a political scientist and three researchers) to assist in the process. The legal expert, a Professor of Law at Kent University, became a central pillar of the whole exercise, resulting in developing frameworks and particular clauses that helped to positively shape the new constitution.
Pictured: Legal Expert, Dr. Alex Magaisa
We provided a grant to organizations that fight against political detentions in Zimbabwe. Among the recipients, money from this grant assisted in the defense of six civil society activists who were arrested for watching a video on the Arab Spring. They were subsequently tortured by the government to falsely confess to planning violence. Ultimately, they were given two-year suspended sentences, a $500 fine and 420 hours of community service.
TrustAfrica worked very closely with the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) to develop the Africa position paper on Development Effectiveness, allowing the continent, for the first time, to present a common position and consensus on development effectiveness based on its own context, needs and priorities. The paper was presented during the Fourth High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness in Busan, from November 29 to December 1, 2011. In particular, we provided a grant to allow the participation of 10 civil society actors at the third regional platform planning meeting, which was help in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The meetings allowed policy-makers and stakeholders from African countries and regional institutions to consolidate a common approach to development effectiveness. www.africa-platform.org
TrustAfrica supports efforts to foster African enterprise and extend the benefits of economic growth to all members of society.SEE MORE ON TRUSTAFRICA WEBSITE »
TrustAfrica is seeking to build a more robust advocacy movement for sustainable and equitable agricultural development in Africa.SEE MORE ON TRUSTAFRICA WEBSITE »
TrustAfrica is helping to revitalize the African University System by convening dialogues to shape crucial policy reforms.SEE MORE ON TRUSTAFRICA WEBSITE »
TrustAfrica awards competitive grants for research and advocacy to promote enterprise and improve livelihoods among Africa’s poorSEE MORE ON TRUSTAFRICA WEBSITE »
Our MDG3 Project invests in local initiatives to curb gender violance and expand women’s political participation.SEE MORE ON TRUSTAFRICA WEBSITE »
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It kicked off with an Equipment Donation worth approximately $20,000. The donation, which consisted of computer equipment, air conditioners, and cooking appliances was donated to a local organization, SENECLIC, whose mission is to fight against the digital divide in Senegal through recycling and sustainable use of computer equipment. The organization will distribute the equipment to elementary schools in Senegal.
Pictured (left to right): Ababacar Diop, Director of Seneclic and Akwasi Aidoo, Executive Director of TrustAfrica, show one of the laptop computers that was donated.
The award was created by Africa Investor, a well-known investment communications firm in Africa, to showcase business practices, economic achievements and investments across the continent. Additionally, ICBE was invited to join a delegation of business leaders, policymakers and CSOs from Africa to travel to China to promote investment on the continent.
Its aim is to strengthen the capacity and networks of agricultural advocacy organizations in six countries (Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Mali, Tanzania and Uganda). Since last year when we awarded grants to 13 projects in five of the six countries (Mali has since been replaced by Nigeria), the organizations have begun to implement advocacy programs and convene members of their organizations to discuss the implications of the CAADP (Comprehensive African Agricultural Development Program) on their national policies.
The project, which began in June 2009 with an MDG3 Fund grant from the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs, is now closed. During its lifespan, TrustAfrica administered 39 grants to organizations in seven countries. The project produced a moving documentary showcasing grantees and created a booklet of case studies.
The Sudanese Business Women’s Secretariat (SBS) is working with Professor Ali Musa, who conducted a study on Women's Entrepreneurship in Sudan, to investigate the difficulties faced by women in accessing finance from microfinance institutions. Professor Musa’s study questioned the effectiveness of microfinance institutions (MFIs) in assisting businesswomen in Sudan, and recommended a study to examine why, despite the presence of many MFIs, women are still unable to obtain credit to finance their activities. The study also recommended that businesswomen be provided some business management skills. His university (Sudan International University) has also designed a program to enhance the managerial capacity of businesswomen and many SBS members have been awarded scholarships to participate in the program.
TrustAfrica leverages new and traditional forms of African giving to advance democracy and development and to minimize reliance on external donors.SEE MORE ON TRUSTAFRICA WEBSITE »
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TrustAfrica took the lead as the Secretariat for the African Grantmakers Network, an organization that was developed to be the leading architect for the development of a pan-African platform for philanthropy. Comprised of African grantmaking institutions, the organization facilitates networking and information sharing in order to highlight African voices and promote African development approaches. We also contributed several articles on Philanthropy, one of which, “Innovations in African Philanthropy,” was published by the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) at the University of Sussex on behalf of the Bellagio Initiative funded by the Rockefeller Foundation.