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The day a grenade exploded at my feet should have scared   me. Instead, it made me more determined. One life lost cannot erase the memory of 40,000 who per-ished during the dictatorship of president Hissene Habre in Chad. Whether it was me or someone else, I knew that one day those who were stolen from their families, tortured and beaten, would see justice.

From 1982 until 1990, Habre ruled my country of birth, Chad, after coming to power through a military coup. Through fear and intim-idation, assisted by his secret police, the Documentation and Security Directorate (DDS), he rounded up thousands of citi-zens, many of whom were then killed or "disappeared," until he was deposed by another coup and exiled to Senegal. It would take nearly 30 years be-fore he was brought to trial.


Alioune Tine, Director, West and Central Africa Regional OfficePresident Alpha Conde, Chairman, African Union Amnesty International

Representatives from leading civil society organizations, professional associations, governments, African Union (AU), academia, and key media leaders in West Africa are scheduled to participate in a two-day consultation on the Malabo Protocol in Dakar from 2-3 May, 2017.

The Malabo Protocol or the “Protocol on Amendments to the Protocol on the Statute of the African Court of Justice and Human Rights” was adopted by AU Assembly of Heads of State and Government in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, in June 2014.

The Protocol extends the jurisdiction of the yet to be established African Court of Justice and Human Rights (ACJHR) to try crimes under international law and transnational crimes, meaning that, if and when the new court becomes operational, the international criminal law section of the court will serve as an African regional criminal court, operating in a manner akin to the International Criminal Court (ICC) but within a narrowly defined geographical scope, and over an expanded list of crimes.

The two-day consultation, which is on the theme “Understanding the Malabo Protocol: The potential, the pitfalls and the way forward”, is organized by Amnesty International, IHRDA, RADDHO, and TrustAfrica.


Alioune Tine, Director, West and Central Africa Regional OfficePresident Alpha Conde, Chairman, African Union Amnesty International

Representatives from leading civil society organizations, professional associations, governments, African Union (AU), academia, and key media leaders in West Africa are scheduled to participate in a two-day consultation on the Malabo Protocol in Dakar from 2-3 May, 2017.

The Malabo Protocol or the “Protocol on Amendments to the Protocol on the Statute of the African Court of Justice and Human Rights” was adopted by AU Assembly of Heads of State and Government in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, in June 2014.

The Protocol extends the jurisdiction of the yet to be established African Court of Justice and Human Rights (ACJHR) to try crimes under international law and transnational crimes, meaning that, if and when the new court becomes operational, the international criminal law section of the court will serve as an African regional criminal court, operating in a manner akin to the International Criminal Court (ICC) but within a narrowly defined geographical scope, and over an expanded list of crimes.

The two-day consultation, which is on the theme “Understanding the Malabo Protocol: The potential, the pitfalls and the way forward”, is organized by Amnesty International, IHRDA, RADDHO, and TrustAfrica.

The CAADP Non-State-Actors Coalition (CNC) in collaboration with TrustAfrica, is currently accepting applications from suitable consultant(s) to carry out a study on Assessing private sector investments and opportunities for improved smallholder agriculture policies in Africa.” The project seeks to identify knowledge gaps on public and private sector investments in Africa within the context of CAADP goals at the national and continental levels. It specifically aims to address the lack of in-depth research, data and analysis on the patterns, dynamics, actors, channels, magnitude, and development impacts of the different modes of private sector investments on smallholder farmers, local investment and value chains development. The research will identify the opportunities of private sector investments to support smallholder farming, including women and youth. This will contribute to expand the evidence base to inform non-state actors’ policy advocacy action in demanding inclusive and equitable investments in African smallholder agriculture.

Purpose of the Terms of Reference

The purpose of this TOR is to seek proposals from suitable organizations, individuals and/or consortia to undertake research to assess the extent, impact and opportunities of private sector investments for smallholders, especially, the national processes championed by the New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition in Africa (NAFSN), with the aim of strengthening local private sector and how NSAs can engage private sector investments to ensure smallholder inclusion.  

Madrasa Early Childhood Programme- Kenya’s (MECPK) reading for Comprehension (RFC) innovation, implemented in the Mombasa Kilifi, and Kwale counties of costal Kenya is an early learning innovation which supports the use of local languages, engagement of community stakeholders, peer learning processes, adaptation of ICTs and the use of creative and artistic modalities, in the promotion of a reading culture, through mobile libraries and a teacher mentoring system. As a result, reading scores of children have increased, both reading and assessment methodology has improved, with an increased trust from parents on the teachers. This is the story of Madam Fatuma Shighi Maliso who has rekindle her joy for teaching, with a revived faith in her students at Taqwa school, a direct outcome of MECP-K’s RFC innovation.

Link Community Development, Uganda (LCDU) works with teachers, communities, parents, and the Ministry of Education to better understand how best to improve literacy levels and to implement the government policy, of mother-tongue instruction. Learning outcome are raised through context-specific strategies and learning innovations. As a result, teachers adapt tasks based on the needs of the students, create locally accessible learning materials, children’s writing and reading have improved, and trust between the community and school has also increased. This is the story of Patience Angela, who, a result of LCDU’s intervention, has developed high competence in reading and writing, segmenting words in Runyoro, constructing words from clusters of sounds and reading with understanding.

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A Call to Action

In this communiqué, the undersigned Non-State Actors (civil society,pastoralist, research, private, farmers’ unions and other stakeholders) champion a call to action and outline recommendations on livestock policy advocacy strategies that take into consideration the unique conditions and opportunities of the livestock sector development in Tanzania.

Summary

The livestock sector is an engine of economic growth in Tanzania where 50 percent of households in the country rely on some form of livestock for part, or all of their income.1
Tanzania has the third largest livestock population on the African continent after Ethiopia and Sudan and while a variety of livestock products - including livestock, meat, poultry, eggs and leather goods - are produced in Tanzania, the country continues to depend on imports to meet the growing demand.

Today, more than ever, the livestock sector warrants close consideration and attention if the country is to fully realize its potential as a driver for inclusive transformational growth. The livestock sector is seen to contribute to the Tanzania Development Vision (TDV) 2025 and a recent analysis found that the sector has contributed between 7.4% to 10% of the national GDP,2 although the sector’s development budget remains small, shrinking in recent years to 10.6 billion Tsh in 2016/17.3 Livestock is a sector that is growing and transforming rapidly and the demand for animal products and bi-products is rising, driven by higher disposable incomes of the growing middle class and increasing rates of urbanization. Its potential contribution to achieving many of the national development goals represents a unique opportunity for far-reaching transformation. 

Ndèye Khady Faye a rejoint TrustAfrica en mai 2013, comme stagiaire à l’Unité des Opérations. Elle a été recrutée en tant qu’Assistante administrative en juillet 2016. Avant de rejoindre TrustAfrica, elle a occupé des postes d’assistante administrative à Transrail et au Port de Dakar. Elle est titulaire d’une licence en Logistique et Transports et complète actuellement son Master en Ressources humaines à l’Université Cheikh Anta Diop de Dakar.

Accelerating the IFF Agenda for African Countries
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Illicit financial flows (IFFs) are a large and growing problem for the African continent, with upwards of $70 billion in IFFs leaving the continent annually.1 African governments, intergovernmental organizations, industry, and civil society have come to understand the severity of the problem over the past few years.

The following list of actions are meant to address some of the first steps in addressing IFFs. These actions are foundational, involving measures that can either be undertaken more quickly and easily in some countries where some of the processes and commitments may already be underway or measures that lay the groundwork for later reforms. The result is an Accelerated IFF Agenda that governments can use as a place to begin their work to tackle IFFs in their own countries, leading to greater domestic resource mobilization and growth, resources which will be critical in making progress on the Sustainable Development Goals of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and the African Union’s Agenda 2063, the Addis Tax Initiative, and the Africa Mining Vision.

Group Highlights 14 Steps African Leaders can take to Energize Fight against Illicit Flows following Addis Ababa Action Agenda, SDGs, and ECA High Level Panel

As national leaders meet at the African Union Summit in Addis Ababa this week, a group of civil society experts has issued a set of recommendations to address illicit financial flows (IFFs), an issue of critical importance to regional development.  Titled Accelerating the IFF Agenda for African Countries (the Accelerated IFF Agenda), the purpose of the document is to highlight for African leaders fourteen steps that can be taken to jumpstart efforts to address IFFs.  Among the recommendations are suggestions to establish a multi-agency approach to fight IFFs, to collect information to identify corporate ownership, and certain tax-related measures.

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