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On June 1stwe were delighted to receive in our Dakar Office His Excellency Ahmet Kavas, Ambassador of Turkey to Senegal.  

This courtesy and working visit, which went very well, allowed the Ambassador to be introduced to TrustAfrica. The team had very good discussions with his excellency around the cooperation between think tanks, African foundations and the republic of Turkey. The Executive Director of TrustAfrica, Dr. Ebrima Sall,  expressed his pleasure to receive such a distinguished visitor. A pleasure shared by all its employees. 

On 15 June 2021 TrustAfrica Board Trustee Sibongile Mkhabela – known to us at TrustAfrica as “Bongi” - was bestowed by the President of the French Republic through the French Embassy in South AfricaPretoria the Chevalier de l’Ordre National du Mérite” which in English translates as the National Order of Merit”The honor is accorded for a minimum of 10 years of distinguished public service in military or civil achievements. We congratulate Bongi on this acknowledgment of her service par excellence over the decades and share with you our own tribute which was shared during the ceremony here.  To watch the full ceremony, watch the Embassy of France, South Africa livestream here 

TrustAfrica, together with their consortium partner Solidaridad West Africa will launch the RECLAIM Sustainability! programme in West Africa on the 30th of July 2021. The West Africa project launch will be held in Accra, Ghana from 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm GMT.   

With this programme, we strive to foster genuine and inclusive sustainability in global value chains, where the voices of farmers, miners, workers, and citizens are represented in decision making, and civil society is strengthened. We advocate for sustainable use of natural resources, decent work, fair value distribution, gender and social inclusion, and sustainable consumption.   

3-5 August 2021 

TrustAfrica, in partnership with the African Philanthropy Forum (APF), the Centre for African Philanthropy and Social Investments (CAPSI) at the Wits Business School, the Southern Africa Trust (SAT), the African Philanthropy Network and the Harvard University's Centre for African Studies, will be hosting the African Philanthropy Conference to be held under the theme "Surviving COVID19 – The Role of African Philanthropy" from the 3rd to 5th of August 2021. The Conference will focus on:

Meet Omotade Akin Aina - affectionately known to his colleagues as “Tade”.  Tade just finished his final term as a Trustee of the TrustAfrica Board during our last Board meeting in May. We only thought it appropriate to share his illustrious track record with you as we the bid farewell to Tade in his official capacity as Board Trustee and welcome him into the TrustAfrica Diaspora family! It has been a delight and honor to have you walk alongside us for the past 9 years and look forward to continued collaboration as we work together to shape the future we want for Africa. Godspeed Tade! We’ll see you at family reunions! 

COVID-19 has not disappeared, and in Africa the third wave is wreaking havoc on the most vulnerable communities. The health and economic impact of COVID-19 has plunged millions of Africans deeper into poverty. On the 1st of July 2021, the Africa CDC director said "The African continent has had 5.5 million confirmed COVID-19 infections and has seen a “remarkable” 23% increase in deaths over the past week." Community Immunity is a collaborative initiative between African Philanthropy Network (APN), Southern Africa Trust (SAT) TrustAfrica to provide quick impact support to bring immediate relief to people living at the margins of society while supporting policy initiatives to provide long term solutions. Some examples of groups this initiative will serve include daily wage earners, micro-business owners and entrepreneurs, miners, farmers, migrant workers, women, youth. Applications to receive these small grants can be channeled by contacting Cette adresse e-mail est protégée contre les robots spammeurs. Vous devez activer le JavaScript pour la visualiser.If you want to donate to this initiative, check out the donation portal on the Community Immunity webpage here.   

For over 10 years now, TrustAfrica has joined with philanthropic partners who espouse the meaning of solidarity in setting up and running Zimbabwe Alliance as a collaborative funder-civil society framework supporting work towards democratization in Zimbabwe. Schooner Foundation was inspirational in the naming of the initiative and Wallace Global Fund has proven a steadfast partner in exploring the opportunities for advancing democratic participation and contributing to a vibrant civic space in Zimbabwe. Other partners such as IDEX now known as Thousand CurrentsAmerican Jewish World Service, and many others have joined at different stages, but these two have demonstrated what we call a solidarity partnership. In 2011, ZimAlliance supported technical expertise to support the landmark Constitution making process in Zimbabwe, which eventually gained support through a national referendum in 2013. Since then, ZimAlliance has supported electoral monitoring processes using the Africa-based Ushaidi platform developed in Kenya; seed funded several of the most prominent civic organizations operating in Zimbabwe today; and developed an emergency response fund to support human rights defenders at risk in Zimbabwe.  

Le procès et la condamnation en 2015-2016 de l’ancien président du Tchad, M. Hisséne Habré ont été salués comme une étape importante pour la justice en Afrique. Survenant à un moment où l’Afrique entretenait des relations conflictuelles avec la Cour Pénale Internationale, la décision de l’Union Africaine (UA) d’établir une juridiction pénale hybride pour juger un ancien chef d’Etat a été un exemple historique de leadership dans la promotion de la responsabilité des crimes internationaux au niveau régional. Elle démontre, la volonté de l’organisation régionale de lutter contre l’impunité des crimes internationaux en Afrique.

Working through collaboration is central to our approaches at TrustAfrica. From our experience, collaboration has meant managing a complex set of relationships with like-minded groups working together to achieve common goals. Oftentimes this has entailed working as part of consortiums, networks, learning groups, communities of practice, strategic alliances, partnerships and coalitions. For us, collaborations have enabled innovation and served as a means to greater collective impact in tackling some of the continent’s most complex development challenges.  

In 2020, when the COVID-19 pandemic hit countries across the world, we witnessed the withdrawal of International Non-Governmental Organizations (INGOs) from Africa, removing expatriate staff and closing down offices, including a restriction of funding if it was not directly related to health services or in some way directed to Covid-19 responses. This meant that local actors and organizations like TrustAfrica had to step in and fill the gap left by INGOs and other bilateral aid institutions, raising local resources and mobilizing efforts, and in many cases increasing the profile of regional champions and philanthropists.  

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