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TrustAfrica is a partner to the continent's change agents, diverse civil society organizations, top-ranked think tanks, and vibrant social movements. It aims to support civic engagement that achieves justice, accountability, and equitable development in Africa. In its 14-year history, TrustAfrica has stewarded over US$80 million in support of African civil society organizations and has worked at the local community level on advocacy campaigns to bring the voices of the most vulnerable and marginalized citizens to the continent's top policy arenas. Its theory of change is that societies become more stable, prosperous, equitable, and just with responsible citizenship and accountable leadership. It leverages philanthropy that connects resources to priority development needs and catalyzes action for Africa's transformation.

We now live in a world where Covid-19 is evenly distributed, but the equal opportunity to fight it is not. Four hundred twenty-two million people living in poverty on the African continent face the greatest risk of their lives. While the health and economic effects of Covid-19 ripple throughout the world, Covid-19 threatens to plunge one in three Africans into the deep end of poverty. We know the safety of those in our most marginalized communities is our collective immunity, yet awareness of our connection with our vulnerable sisters and brothers is almost non-existent.

To respond to this, the Community Immunity Initiative is a coordinated campaign to raise awareness and funding to support those living at the margins of society. Through this initiative, a collaboration between the Africa Philanthropy Network, TrustAfrica, and Southern Africa Trust, we hope to provide quick impact support to bring immediate relief to people living at the margins of society. While supporting policy initiatives, research, and advocacy efforts to provide long-term solutions to combat poverty and marginalization at the systemic level. Also, to ensure culturally contextualized and long-lasting solutions on the African continent are implemented. The initiative is also engaging activists, artists, athletes, medical professionals, musicians, and other respected voices from our global community to raise greater awareness of the impact of poverty and marginalization in Africa so together we can escalate the appropriate response.

Conférence publique animée par Professeur Abdoulaye Bathily  

La conférence publique organisée le vendredi 12 novembre 2021 dans les locaux de TrustAfrica était une réussite. Animée par l’universitaire et homme politique pan Africaniste de renom, le Professeur Abdoulaye Bathily, la conférence a été une occasion pour les différents acteurs d’échanger autour de L’Etat en Afrique : Comment surmonter les crises et consolider la démocratie ? La conférence a aussi permis d’aborder la question liée à la recrudescence des coups d’Etat civiles et militaires, du rétrécissement de l’espace civique dans un nombre grandissant de pays d’Afrique et du rôle du leadership en Afrique. La conférence s’est tenue en marge de la 32ème réunion du Conseil d’Administration de TrustAfrica et était inscrite dans l’agenda des débats périodiques initiés par la Fondation panafricaine. 

Le lien pour revoir l’intégralité de la conférence : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B8zuaIbwobs&t=481s 

 
 

The Pan Africa Conference on Illicit Financial flows and Taxation is an annual convening that brings together key stakeholders involved in efforts to curb IFF and enhance domestic resource mobilisation in Africa. The platform draws together actors from governments, civil society, International organisations, legislators, media, academia and national campaigners to take stock of the current state of play on the IFF agenda in Africa as well as progress made through global, regional and country level initiatives. The conference seeks to also act as a platform to articulate problems, propose solutions and explore opportunities for collaboration and common action.

Vivid Gwede is the Program Manager for Zimbabwe Alliance. He has 8 years’ experience working with civil society in the governance, social justice and human rights sector. He is a Mandela Washington Fellow (MWF) from Duquesne University (USA), a former MWF Regional Board Member for Southern Africa, and current Zimbabwe MWF Association Chairperson. He is a Frederick Ebert Stiftung Youth Leadership program alumnus. He is a holder of a Bachelor’s Degree in Policy Studies from the University of South Africa and holder of a Diploma in Journalism and Communications. He is a media political analyst, whose commentary has appeared in local, regional and international media. He is a former university student leader in Zimbabwe.

Michar Kumalo is the Program Associate for Gateway Zimbabwe which is one of the initiatives under Zim Alliance.  She is also in the first Gateway Zimbabwe Fellowship cohort which is a leadership training to build and sustain healthy communities and reweave the social fabric of Zimbabwe using processes that foster healing, give primacy to local knowledge, awaken personal and collective agency and create new connections. She studied Honours in Sociology at the University of Zimbabwe and was a part of The UbuntuLab Cohort 3. Her passion is facilitating generative conversations that bring unlikely collaborators together using principles of deep democracy and appreciative inquiry to guide co-creative, healthy and sustainable pathways into a better future for all.

Word Cloud from TrustAfrica Programs Meeting in September: What is Your 1 Word Prayer for TrustAfrica?

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We’re excited to share this latest edition of our newsletter with you, particularly because we’ve been privileged to be part of so many important conversations about Africa’s development and the possibilities for transformative participation available to citizens, public and private leaders and academics. Read more to find out what interesting conversations we’ve been a part of around Democracy and Governance, Equitable Development and African Philanthropy. To start you off we have as our center piece in this edition remarks delivered by our Learning Manager, Ms. Tendisai Chigwedere during the 2nd African Philanthropy Conference from 3-5 August 2021.

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We welcome the upcoming legislative proposal by the European Commission for a Sustainable Corporate Governance directive, including mandatory human rights and environmental due diligence (HREDD).  

To effectively stop human rights violations and negative environmental impacts in global supply chains, EU policymakers should ensure the upcoming legislation leads to positive impacts for rightsholders and improves the situation and the livelihoods of smallholders. It is key that the HREDD directive addresses the root causes of adverse impacts on human rights and the environment such as persistent poverty among smallholders.


Ogo Chukwudi reçoit le prix des mains du président du conseil d'administration de Paradigm Leadership Support Initiative, Arc. (Rev) Polycarp Gbaja au nom de TrustAfrica.

Le 1er octobre 2021, TrustAfrica a reçu un prix en reconnaissance de ses efforts pour soutenir l'efficacité de l'audit public au Nigeria de la part d'un partenaire subventionné - Paradigm Leadership Support Initiative (PLSI) lors du 5ème anniversaire de l'organisation et du lancement du rapport "Achieving Accountability and Development in Nigeria". TrustAfrica a été l'une des premières organisations à soutenir la vision de PLSI à un stade précoce en fournissant une subvention à l'organisation. Félicitations à la PLSI pour ses cinq années d'impact dans le domaine de la transparence financière au Nigeria, et TrustAfrica est heureuse d'avoir joué un rôle dans le voyage de cinq ans de la PLSI.

Our African philanthropy program seeks to strengthen the recognition, practice and strategic impact of giving in Africa.  We recognize that solidarity and the culture of giving to help others is embedded in many African cultures and traditions as reflected in notions such as Ubuntu (I am because you are). We believe in philanthropy that “shifts the power”, endowing communities with voice and agency. Through our African philanthropy program, we work to build knowledge on African giving and contribute towards building a movement to nurture African giving and African resources towards addressing strategic challenges confronting the continent.  

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