“It’s not a matter of numbers, it’s a matter of conception, a matter of understanding substantive equality and the power dynamic in society. In many parts of the African continent we come from a patriarchal structure and that flows out into everyday life. Philanthropy and power can’t be delinked from the issue of identity, and whose identity allows them to have a bigger say is critical.”

By Chris de la Torre

When you ask Halima Mahomed if women indeed represent 70% of the world’s poor, she’ll tell you not to be worried so much with the exact number, but rather to acknowledge that women do make up the majority of those who bear the brunt of poverty, discrimination and marginalisation. Mahomed attributes this to an imbalance of power, admitting the need for a more activist agenda that puts women in decision making positions both personally and in society.



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TrustAfrica, the Working Group of Philanthropy for Social Justice and Peace (PSJP) and the African Grantmakers Network, in collaboration with the Global Fund for Community Foundations and the Arab Foundations Forum are pleased to share three discussion papers that were developed specifically for the convening "Developing a Collective Framework and Agenda to Advance Social Justice Philanthropy in Africa and the Arab Region" which took place right before the bi-annual African Grantmakers Network meeting in Johannesburg, South Africa in October-November, 2012.  These working papers are part of a broader set of upcoming reflections on social justice philanthropy in Africa.

Cde Khaya-Moyo addresses delegates at a Bulawayo Hotel yesterday.

Cde Khaya-Moyo addresses delegates at a Bulawayo Hotel yesterday.

Prosper Ndlovu Senior Reporter

THE Senior Minister of State, Cde Simon Khaya Moyo, has challenged academics and civic society to steer debate around the ideals of the new economic blueprint, the Zimbabwe Agenda for Socio-Economic Transformation (Zim-Asset). Delivering his keynote address while officially opening the Government-Civic Society Special Conference on Zimbabwe’s future in Bulawayo yesterday evening, Cde Khaya Moyo said Zim-Asset, which draws inspiration from the winning Zanu-PF manifesto, provides a template for all developmental efforts in the country up to the next elections and beyond.

CIVIL society and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) converged in Bulawayo yesterday at the beginning of a three-day conference to discuss strategies of how to engage the new Zanu PF administration following its resounding July 31 general elections win.


Most civil society and NGOs have widely been perceived by Zanu PF as appendages of the West seeking to effect regime change, despite constant denials.

The gathering runs under the theme “Zimbabwe: Present Realities and Future Prospects” and is being attended by civil society organisations, NGOs, government officials and academics.


Story By Saidu Bah

Stakeholders from Mano River Union (MRU) countries comprising Sierra Leone, Liberia, Guinea and Cote d’Ivoire yesterday commenced a two-day dialogue forum on elections, youth violence and conflict prevention at the Bintumani Hotel in Freetown.

The stakeholder’s dialogue is supported by UNESCO through its office in Ghana, Trust Africa in Liberia, Campaign for Good Governance, Action Aid and the Centre for the Coordination of Youth Activities in Sierra Leone.

Poor public services in many West African countries, with already dire human development indicators, are under constant pressure from pervasive corruption. Observers say graft is corroding proper governance and causing growing numbers of people to sink into poverty.

“If you want to put a human face to corruption… then see how we have kids who walk miles to school because there are no public transport systems,” said Harold Aidoo, the executive director of the Institute for Research and Democratic Development in Monrovia, the Liberian capital.

“You see women and mothers who give birth and die because there are no basic drugs or equipment at the hospitals, and no qualified or trained health professionals. You realize that many of our impoverished populations do not have access to clean drinking water,” he said.

More West African countries were perceived to be highly corrupt in 2013 than the previous year due to the effects of political instability in countries such as Mali, Guinea and Guinea-Bissau, according to the corruption index compiled by the global watchdog, Transparency International.


Neville Gabriel 

Une importante personnalité de la plateforme philanthropique avec qui je discutais s’était demandé à haute voix si mon engagement en tant que militant de la justice sociale pouvait entraver les activités des grands philanthropes. La philanthropie et la justice sociale semblent souvent être deux mondes totalement distincts. Peut-être s’agit-il là de l’une des tensions les plus fortes non encore apaisées qui grèvent l’émergence de la philanthropie africaine au sein de la communauté philanthropique mondiale : comment pratiquer la philanthropie dans un contexte où la justice sociale et économique revêt une importance considérable.

In September 2013, the Edmond de Rothschild Foundations hosted the first Global South philanthropy platform, Empowering Families for Innovative Philanthropy (ERFIP) in Megève, France. ERFIP is a distinctively unique platform, which brings together philanthropists and practitioners from emerging economies to share best practices, successful models and challenges for peer review and feedback.
ERFIP focused on identifying philanthropists and professionals whose work has significant impact in their respective communities but are not seen enough on the conference circuits. The aim of this report is to give a sense of the driving force behind the giving and philanthropy in the three regions: Africa, Asia and the Arab region. It is hoped that such thorough understanding of the underlying factors for giving and philanthropy will help in collection of data that is relevant, meaningful to the sector and contributes to better representation of the South within Global Philanthropy.  To view the report, please visit our Publications database and search under "Research Reports."

Une étude récente montre que l’inefficacité des institutions de promotion de la bonne gouvernance  dans le contrôle de pillage des richesse

Date: 8 Decembre 2013

DAKAR - Les économies africaines ont perdu entre 597 millions et 1,4 milliards de dollars en transferts nets de ressources Durant les trois dernières décennies, malgré la croissance des institutions de lpromotion de la bonne gouvernance  sur le continent, selon une étude récente menée par Global Financial Integrity ( GFI ). Les flux financiers illicites font l’objet d'un forum de deux jours organisé par Open Society Initiative for West Africa ( OSIWA ) et TrustAfrica les 9 et 10 Décembre 2013, au Terrou Bi Hôtel à Dakar, Sénégal.

La Conférence nationale des victimes de la guerre aura lieu en mai 2014 à Kampala, en Ouganda. En préparation de la conférence nationale, AYINET organise une série de consultations des victimes dans les différentes régions touchées par le conflit en Ouganda, à commencer par la rencontre de cette semaine à Lira. Un calendrier des consultations figure ci-dessous. Pour en savoir plus sur la première consultation, visiter le site Internet d’AYINET en cliquant ici.





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