TrustAfrica is honoured to welcome you to this inaugural continent summit. We are equally humbled by the faith and the responsibility that has placed upon us, by our partners and indeed the government of Senegal, to deliver a globally relevant event that will map the way forward for the higher education sector.

Higher education is a critical component to continental development in a knowledge economy. The needs for ordinary citizens to function and make a contribution, both to their personal economy and that of their communities and nations, is constantly escalating with numerous innovations coming to the fore, leading to the challenges of unemployment and un-employability that we are currently faced with.

The task is not out of reach. A platform such as this summit is certainly a first step in bringing together all respective stakeholders, to pull together and start the process of addressing these challenges by laying the foundations for a movement, which will promote greater social and economic development across Africa.

We look forward to your invigorated participation and contribution to this worthy matter.

Yours faithfully,
Tendai Murisa

Executive Director


  1. Hon. Minister Higher Education and Research, Government of Senegal
  2. Hon. Chairperson of the African Union Commission
  3. Executive Director TrustAfrica
Mar 19 2013

Democratic Governance

Governance Governance


TrustAfrica works to secure the conditions for democracy by strengthening the capacity of civil society organizations and by ensuring that citizens are fully engaged in governance processes—not just in their respective countries but also at the regional level. We support groups and coalitions working to:

  • Monitor national policies and processes on key issues including freedom of association, freedom of expression, anti-impunity, access to justice (especially in post-conflict areas), free movement of people and civic participation in setting development practices; and conduct advocacy actions aimed at securing and safeguarding the right to these freedoms.
  • Engage regional institutions such as the African Union to improve the application of democratic norms and standards such as the African Charter on Democracy, Elections and Governance.
  • Augment the advocacy skills within civil society organizations and increase their access to policy makers. We convene, provide financial support and technical assistance to help organizations in countries with particularly fragile democracies to hold their governments accountable.
  • Improve economic governance processes and frameworks, especially within the extractive industries.


The four initiatives within this program area are described in the links to the right.


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