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L’université Assane Seck de Zinguinchor a abrité du 19 au 21 Janvier 2023 un colloque de trois jours sur la vie et l’œuvre d’Amilcar Cabral, grand intellectuel et combattant de la liberté. L'activité a été organisé de concert avec l’université Cheikh-Anta Diop de Dakar, l’université Amadou Makhtar Mbow, l’Association sénégalaise de philosophie et Trust Africa. La cérémonie d’ouverture de cette manifestation scientifique a été une grande réussite et fût présidée par le ministre de l’Enseignement Supérieur, le Professeur Moussa Baldé. Riche en débats et en échanges de haut niveau, le symposium a permis de revisiter l’œuvre du combattant de la liberté et de s’interroger sur l'héritage de Cabral cinquante ans après son assassinat. En attendant la publication des actes du colloque, les organisateurs se sont promis d’approfondir les débats et de l’ouvrir à d’autres combattants comme, Kwamé Nkrumah et Cheikh Anta Diop. 

TrustAfrica strongly condemns the horrific and unconscionable assassination of Eswatini Human Rights Lawyer Thulani Ruddolf Maseko who was gunned down in front of his wife and kids in his living room on Saturday, January 21, 2023. Advocate Thulani Ruddolf Maseko was a committed human rights activist, who worked tirelessly for the advancement of democracy and the rule of law in Eswatini, his country of origin, and contributed to human rights efforts and solidarity within the Southern Africa region and beyond.

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Philanthropy is intrinsically linked to ideology – about how the world works, about belief systems, about the role of philanthropy itself. Accordingly, transforming the system of institutional philanthropy demands an ideological underpinning, not just a practice-based one. The last few years have seen several narratives around philanthropic transformation emerge. This paper reflects on these in relation to African philanthropic narratives, explores some of the tensions and the changes in the institutional philanthropy field, and identifies some implications for how these play out on the African continent. Ultimately, while recognizing that some significant shifts have indeed taken place in the sector, the paper (i) reflects that the majority of institutional philanthropy has yet to grapple with the ideological aspects underpinning transformation of the system, (ii) argues that an ideological reconceptualization of institutional philanthropy’s role, one that positions its privilege in service of the individual and collective agency of its constituencies, is critical to the transformation of the sector, and (iii) then reflects on what agency as a lens requires of the institutional philanthropy sector.

Keywords: Institutional philanthropy; Africa; privilege, power, agency, positionality, ideological transformation.

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Philanthropy is intrinsically linked to ideology – about how the world works, about belief systems, about the role of philanthropy itself. Accordingly, transforming the system of institutional philanthropy demands an ideological underpinning, not just a practice-based one. The last few years have seen several narratives around philanthropic transformation emerge. This paper reflects on these in relation to African philanthropic narratives, explores some of the tensions and the changes in the institutional philanthropy field, and identifies some implications for how these play out on the African continent. Ultimately, while recognizing that some significant shifts have indeed taken place in the sector, the paper (i) reflects that the majority of institutional philanthropy has yet to grapple with the ideological aspects underpinning transformation of the system, (ii) argues that an ideological reconceptualization of institutional philanthropy’s role, one that positions its privilege in service of the individual and collective agency of its constituencies, is critical to the transformation of the sector, and (iii) then reflects on what agency as a lens requires of the institutional philanthropy sector.

Keywords: Institutional philanthropy; Africa; privilege, power, agency, positionality, ideological transformation

TrustAfrica is pleased to join the Research Laboratory in Economic and Social Sciences (LARSES) of UASZ, the Research Laboratory on Institutions and Growth (LINC) of UCAD and the Laboratory of Applied Economics and Modelling (LEAM) of UAM in organizing an international symposium on AMILCAR CABRAL: Fifty Years Later.   

The symposium will take place from 19 to 21 January 2023 at the Assane Seck University of Ziguinchor, Senegal. 

L’accident de la route qui a fait, selon un premier bilan, plusieurs dizaines de victimes dont 39 décédés et 85 blessés dans la nuit de samedi à dimanche les 7 et 8 janvier 2023 a plongé tout le Sénégal dans une profonde douleur ressentie jusque hors du pays. En atteste, le volume de messages venus de diverses parties du monde, en soutien au peuple éprouvé, notamment aux familles éplorées. Le choc ayant impliqué deux bus à hauteur de la ville de Kaffrine, capitale de la région éponyme, à 250 km au sud-est de Dakar, est recensé par les autorités, comme le plus violent jamais enregistré sur lesroutes de ce pays d’Afrique de l’ouest. 

Dans un tel contexte et au-delà de ce qui nous lie au Sénégal siège à Dakar de la fondation, TrustAfrica joint ses prières à celles de toute la nation, présente ses condoléances au Président de la République, Macky Sall et, à travers ses fonctions, à chacune des familles des victimes ainsi qu’au peuple Sénégal tout en entier. Le deuil national de trois jours décrété par le Chef de l’Etat suffit à fixer dans la conscience collective, l’élan de solidarité qu’a appelé un si douloureux accident. TrustAfrica reste solidaire en ces moments de profonde douleur qui affecte tout le Sénégal, ce pays partenaire. Que l’âme des victimes repose en paix, auprès du Maitre des Mondes.

Notre responsable de la communication et des mouvements sociaux, Abdarahmane Wone, a représenté TrustAfrica et le Réseau africain contre la discrimination fondée sur le travail, l'ascendance et l'esclavage (ANDS) lors de la 15e session du Forum des Nations Unies sur les questions relatives aux minorités, qui s’est tenue à Genève, en Suisse, 1-2 décembre 2022. Le thème du Forum est : Bilan. Repenser. Réforme. 

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The African Social Movements Baraza (ASM Baraza) was hosted with great excitement and high expectation, following the first convening which took place in 2018. The 2022 ASM Baraza welcomed social movement leaders and solidarity standers who convened in Johannesburg, South Africa to paint a picture of the future of social movements on the continent. Hosted by TrustAfrica with support from Centre on African Philanthropy and Social Investment (CAPSI) and Wallace Global Fund, the ASM Baraza gathered under the theme of ‘People Power: Reimagining the Future – Organising for Transformation’ - an appropriate foundation for collective reflection and progressive mapping. In total, 122 social movement actors from the five African regions, spanning 20 countries, participated in sessions facilitated by Nizenande Machi and interacted with panel sessions and presentations from thought leaders who included Lebohang Pheko, Everjoice Win, Mazibuko Jara and Lala Raveloarimisa.

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TrustAfrica is pleased to announce the 2022 awardees for the African Civil Society Support Initiative (ACSI). The call was issued as a response to the adverse impact of COVID-19 and the closing civic space in Africa on local institutions which are critical to national and regional policy change and implementation. Through core operational investment in African civil society organizations with feminist values, ACSI seeks to elevate women’s voices on health and development in Africa and to strengthen a multi sector supportive network of strong national and regional civil society organisations working on policy advocacy. ACSI invests in strengthening institutional effectiveness and its support is not project-specific.  The initial focus countries selected were Ethiopia, Kenya, Nigeria and Burkina Faso. TrustAfrica identified and is supporting seven (7) organizations as its initial cohort in the program. The 7 organizations shown below were selected through a rigorous application process and have been awarded grants in the range of 50000 to 100000 US$ over a 12-month period. In total TrustAfrica is disbursing $US657,509 in this cohort. We invite you to get to know our grantees.

 
From right to left: Janet Milongo Climate Action Network-International); Muhammed Lamin Saidykhan (Climate Action Network-International), Ebrima, Prof Youba Sokona (UN IPCC Vice-Chair), Prof Philip Trotter (Oxford University), Prof Yacob Mulugetta (University College, University of London).
Dr Sall took part in a Panel Discussion on The Role of Africa in Global Energy Development. This is in furtherance of TrustAfrica’s commitment to the African Common Position on Just Energy Transition that emphasizes the need to end ‘energy poverty’ and accelerate universal energy access for Africa. The energy transition for the continent should be approached in ways that do not compromise its development imperatives. As part of our strategic goals, TrustAfrica will continue to advocate for climate justice and steadfastly promote energy sovereignty in Africa. Furthermore, TrustAfrica will continue to promote a well-governed natural resources sector that generates optimum revenues to finance social development, inclusive growth and economic transformation. The panel discussion, organized by Climate Action Network-International, was based on a paper recently published in the journal Nature, titled: “Africa needs context-relevant evidence to shape its clean energy future”, co-authored by 55 experts (including three of the panelists), 40 of whom are Africans”.
 
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