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”.

As the world grapples with the critical task of “building forward better” in the wake of COVID-19 and the current geo-political crises, social movements around the world are actively exploring alternative ways of doing (and being) in relation to social, political, environmental, and economic rights.  

In Africa, for example, activists and social movements from 30 different African countries recently gathered in Johannesburg, South Africa for the 2022 “African Social Movement Baraza”.  Under the theme of “People Power:  Reimagining the Future – Organizing for Social Change”, the gathering of social movements aimed to re-envision progressive struggles in Africa related to democracy and civic space, human rights, economic justice, and the just transition agenda.

In this month’s “Voices from the South,” we hear from Briggs Bomba (Zimbabwe) – Programs Director for TrustAfrica and co-convener of the gathering.  Briggs discusses the historic moment we are living in, the need for a space and process like the “Baraza” (a Swahili word that means “meeting” or “convergence”), and the need to be daring when we collectively build the future.

Hakim Ben Hammouda is a Tunisian economist and served as Minister of Economics and Finance between 2014 and 2015. Successfully combining academic research and operational technical support, he has significant experience in development issues and global economic governance. 

He holds a PhD and is accredited to conduct research in international economics from the University of Grenoble. He was awarded the 2007 Alan Powell Prize for his contribution in areas related to trade and international economy. This annual award represents the highest distinction of the discipline. This is the first time it has been won by a researcher from a developing country. 

He worked at the United Nations Development Program then joined the Economic Commission for Africa, as director of the office in Central Africa (2001- 2003), director of the trade and regional integration division (2003 - 2006), Chief economist and director of the trade, finance and economic development department (2006 - 2008).  Hakim Ben Hammouda then became director of the Training Institute and of the technical cooperation division at the World Trade Organization (2008 - 2011) and advisor special of the President of the African Development Bank. 

Hakim Ben Hammouda has also served as CODESRIA’s Deputy Executive Secretary. He regularly teaches international economics and development economics at several universities. 

Hakim Ben Hammouda is the author and co-author of numerous economic expert reports, more than twenty books and fifty articles in international peer-reviewed scientific journals, in the fields of international economics and of development. 

Here at TrustAfrica we are privileged to consider ourselves embedded partners who are unashamedly passionate and active in the issues we care so much about as a foundation. We  are encouraged to harness our pan-Africanism and activism in the work that we do daily. Having our activism nurtured and at the center of what we do in the workplace adds to the DNA of TrustAfrica being a philanthropic foundation that acts in solidarity with communities and proximate actors across the African continent. We seek to accompany those grassroots groups, social movements and organizations who are at the forefront of making breakthroughs for Africa’s progress in democracy and governance, in equitable development and in African Philanthropy. That’s why capacity enhancement is one of our key strategies for accompanying partners on the ground. TrustAfrica takes a bold stance of investing in nascent and unknown organizations, formations and movements across the continent with catalytic grants. These emergent outfits who show great potential often benefit from support in terms of enhancing their capacity in various areas: from organizational development to advocacy skills development, to communications and storytelling skills development, inter alia. We believe that giving a grant is just a first catalytic step in our partnerships with actors on the ground.  We have seen firsthand how the potency of pairing catalytic grantmaking with needs-based capacity enhancement supports grassroots organizations, civil society, media, social movements, public sector and academia to have more outsized impact on their ecosystems. This edition of our newsletter showcases some of the ways that our capacity enhancement strategy plays out across our three program areas. Read more below about the new capacities needed for sustainable activism in our democracy and governance portfolio; capacity enhancement in our fair trade and decent work engagements in the RECLAIM Sustainability! Project and supporting media in understanding and reporting on Illicit Financial Flows (IFFs) under our Equitable Development portfolio; and how collaborative capacity enhancement has been foundational building a West African Philanthropy Support Ecosystem under our African Philanthropy portfolio.  

The global political moment we are facing has made it imperative for pro-democracy activists and social movements to unlock new capacities that can help bring to fruition aspirations of a more just and equitable society for all. While strategic organizing approaches, and renewed solidarity are some of the capacities which will need to be strengthened, there are others which account for the sustainability of the struggle for open societies that are being referred to as wellbeing practices.  

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