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TrustAfrica works to advance equitable economic development in Africa. Our work seeks to address economic injustices at national and global levels. To this end, we advocate for the reform of national, regional, and global economic institutions, rules, policies, and practices to ensure that the continent’s wealth benefits African citizens equitably and Africa’s resources are managed in a sustainable manner. Numerous injustices characterise the current global economic architecture including trade relations that disadvantage African countries; restricted space for African countries to independently set their own development priorities and make choices on economic policies; imposition of development models that continue to undermine industrialization and structural economic transformation; contracts and licensing regimes, especially in the natural resources sector that tend to benefit foreign multi-national corporations at the expense of African countries; and a global financial governance architecture that promotes net outflow of capital (both illicit and licit) from Africa to the developed world. As part of the post Covid-19 transition, our work advocates for building forward better – focusing on the equitable and sustainable utilization of the continent’s natural resources and biodiversity, including land and water for the continent’s economic and social transformation.

Une mission de TrustAfrica s'est rendue à Bamako, Mali les 2, 3 et 4 Octobre 2021 pour s'entretenir avec les responsables de l'Association Temedt sur la situation des victimes des Discriminations basées sur l'ascendance et sur l'esclavage. TrustAfrica et Temedt après des séances de travail se sont rendus à la Cité des enfants à Bamako où résident plus de 131 personnes injustement déplacées de leur Village, Baghamabougou, tout simplement parce qu'ils ont refusé de se soumettre aux ordres de leurs maitres qui en 2021 continuent de les traiter comme des esclaves. Selon les militants des Droits humains, des milliers de personnes ont été chassées de leurs villages situés dans la région de Khaye du fait de l'esclavage.

One of the reasons we prioritize democracy and governance as one of our three pillars at TrustAfrica is the ongoing need to consolidate the gains of democracy on the continentThe last few years have witnessed a resurgence in coup d’états which had receded on the African landscape.  Mali saw two coups in quick succession (2020 and 2021), before Guinea’s President Alpha Condé was deposed by the army earlier this month. In this moment in history, we are deeply concerned by the destabilization caused by these unconstitutional changes of government, the backseat approach adopted by our regional governance architecture and what these intimate about the growing role of militaries in our democracies. We are also asking what the key ingredients are to consolidate and stabilize the pan-African democratic project.

Our programs Director, Briggs Bomba moderated a session at the 7th East African Philanthropy Conference on 8 September 2021, in an exciting session which had a strong clarion call for big business, philanthropy, and Pan-Africans at large to move  “beyond our egos, logos & silos to converge for impact in Africa!” This was the call made  by Arif  Neky, Senior Advisor for UN Strategic Partnerships and Coordinator of the SDG Partnership Platform (SDGPP) as part of the Ensuring Relevance Session under the theme: “Stretching the Band, Failing Forward for Philanthropy to SOAR.”  The calls for philanthropy to assume the lead beyond emergencies and towards social development given its catalytic capability was echoed throughout the three-day Conference.  The energy around private sector  finding its advocacy role through philanthropy was electric and indicative of the possibilities for more coherent African-financed development and accountability.  

Ebrima Sall, Executive Director, TrustAfrica

The specter of unconstitutional takeover of power seems to be haunting Africa again. In the past 18 months or so, there have been four military coups (one in Sudan, two in Mali and one in Guinea), the killing of a sitting head of state in a battle against armed rebels (in Chad), and an attempt to overthrow the transition government in Sudan. The military takeovers in Sudan and Mali followed long periods of mass protests, a little bit like what happened in Egypt ten years ago. But military takeovers are just that: the military being in control of the state, invariably translating into restrictions of basic freedoms and possibilities of democratic expression.

The political crises in Libya and Central African Republic are far from being resolved. In several other countries, the heads of state have amended the constitutions so as to be able to run for a third or fourth term of office, a practice that has also been called a form of coup d’Etat.

L’UNESCO, TrustAfrica, et le CODESRIA ont organisé avec succès l’atelier de Formation sur les littératies du futur. Tenu à Bamako, Mali, les 1er et 2 Octobre 2021, des jeunes venus de Dix pays de l’Afrique ont participé à cet atelier qui avait pour objectif de préparer les jeunes du continent à mieux comprendre le présent pour pouvoir anticiper sur l’avenir. Les jeunes qui ont participé à cette formation se sont dit, prêts à intégrer les connaissances acquises et à les partager avec leurs collègues qui n’ont pas été présents à cette rencontre. Les organisations, tout en se félicitant du succès de cette rencontre, ont réitéré leur volonté d’accompagner les jeunes du continent dans la lutte pour l’avènement d’une Afrique de paix où les libertés individuelles et collectives sont respectées.

Les travaux du Forum de Haut Niveau sur les Humanités Africaines ont bien démarré ce 28 Septembre 2021 avec les interventions d’éminents universitaires et chercheurs.  

Près de 70 participants composés de chercheurs, enseignants, intellectuels, universitaires, étudiants et décideurs, venus des 5 régions de l’Afrique et de sa diaspora étaient à Bamako pour discuter de l’avenir des Humanités africaines et des langues africaines dans la lutte pour le développement du continent.  

Lors de son discours prononcé à la cérémonie d’ouverture, Dr Ebrima Sall, Directeur exécutif de TrustAfrica, tout en remerciant les partenaires a souligné le caractère panafricaniste de TrustAfrica et son attachement à la liberté, à la démocratie et à la paix.  

Dr Sall a aussi animé une conférence sur le thème : Eurocentrisme et dominations sur les humanités qui a été bien appréciée par les participants.  

The TrustAfrica Shaping the Future Fellowship was launched in August 2021, with the first Senior fellow joining ranks with a focus on African Philanthropy and an incoming fellow scheduled for October 2021 focusing on anticipatory governance and innovation, Africa’s development and the future of work. The Fellowship is focused on reflections on key themes related to the future we want for Africa and is structured into three categories depending on the duration, as follows:  

  • 3 months – TrustAfrica provides a small grant; with the expectation of a brief write up sharing key insights on the particular area of reflection.  
  • 6 months – TrustAfrica provides a medium-sized grant; with the expectation of a more elaborate write up sharing key insights on the particular area of reflection.  
  • 12 months – TrustAfrica provides a substantive grant; with the expectation of in–depth research and write-up on the particular area, including the possibility of a book. 

 

All Fellowships are part time with an expectation of a reflection and/or knowledge product at the end of the fellowship. Watch this space for more information on TrustAfrica Shaping the Future Fellowship openings. 

By Tendisai Chigwedere

Being a learning manager at TrustAfrica, I basically get involved in everything we do. One of my latest assignments was to participate in the Stop the Bleeding Campaign Strategic Retreat earlier this month. Six years after launching the STB Consortium members met to take stock of impact, lessons learned and the direction of the campaign going forward. What an exciting process. In our last newsletter we shared about our approach of collaboration for collective impact and cited the STB campaign as a flagship experience of this. In various settings where I represent TrustAfrica I’ve heard the STB campaign referenced as a solid example of collective impact where African-led institutions take the lead on an issue before any funding comes in to shape the narrative from a Pan-African perspective because of an inherent belief in its critical importance to the continent.  For us at TrustAfrica, this strategic review retreat was important on multiple levels. 

Pictured at the launch event in Accra from left to right: Dr. Ebrima Sall, Executive Director TrustAfrica; Ron Strikker, Dutch Ambassador to Ghana; Isaac Gyamfi, Regional Director, Solidaridad West Africa; Dr. Emmanuel Opoku, Deputy Chief Executive Operations Ghana Cocobod; Nico Roozen, Honorary President, Solidaridad.  

TrustAfrica and their partner Solidaridad West Africa launched the "Reclaim Sustainability! Programme" project on the 30th of July 2021 in Accra, Ghana, to promote inclusive and sustainable supply chains. The theme of the launch was promoting inclusive and sustainable supply chains in Ghana. The launch was a successful event widely reported by various media platforms, including newspapers , television stations, and radio, and was live-streamed on our social media platforms.  

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