We, the representatives of the 260 million discriminated people from 24 countries including parliamentarians, academia, human rights organizations across the world gathered together in New York, United States of America from 21st to 23rd September 2019 to participate in the “International Congress on Discrimination based on Work and Descent1, Casteism, Antigypsyism, Traditional and Contemporary Forms of Slavery and Other Analogous Forms of Discrimination”, deem it necessary and urgent to make this declaration.
TrustAfrica organise un atelier de restitution relatif à une étude exploratoire sur la prévention et l’élimination de la violence basée sur le genre au Sénégal. Prévu le jeudi 10 octobre 2019 à Dakar, au Sénégal, cet atelier se tient dans le cadre d'un projet de deux ans dont l’objectif est de s’attaquer à la violence basée sur le genre en tant qu’obstacle persistant, parmi d’autres, à l’autonomisation des femmes francophones en Afrique de l’Ouest, notamment dans trois pays prioritaires : le Sénégal, le Burkina Faso et le Mali.
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.
TrustAfrica (TA) and the Institute for Economic Justice (IEJ) are pleased to announce a three-day convening on Challenging Orthodoxies in Economic Thinking in Africa: Exploring Alternatives. The convening, which is supported by the Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA), will be held in Dakar, Senegal, on 2 to 4 September 2019.
The African continent has a wealth of resourceful and creative young people, an abundance of natural resources, a potentially large common market, the possibility of expanding domestic industries and a large crop of untapped human potential. Yet the continent still contains 39 of the countries with the highest poverty rates and, as a continent, has the lowest levels of human development. While this situation cannot be separated from centuries of exploitation, it is also the consequence of the path taken (imposed or chosen) by most post-independence regimes. Especially important has been the hasty imposition of structural adjustment programmes, Washington Consensus and Post-Washington Consensus policies, and other more recent forms of neoliberal “reforms” which have been implemented and justified by conventional economic approaches, termed “economic orthodoxies”. This situation has naturally led to the labelling of several African countries as Heavily Indebted Poor Countries (HIPC) by the neo-liberal establishment. However, the African continent has the opportunity to transform itself in a manner that raises living standards and levels of well-being and also to advance the rights and dignity of all people, in peace, unity and freedom.