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TrustAfrica and the Thomson Reuters Foundation (TRF), are please to announce their virtual multi-stakeholder Convening to be held on the 10th to 11th of March 2021. The Virtual Convening necessitated by the restrictions brought about with the global Covid-19 pandemic is being organized under the theme “Strengthening collaboration between the media and civil society in combatting illicit financial flows (IFFs) from Africa in the COVID-19 era”. It brings together key stakeholders involved in efforts to curb IFFs and enhance domestic resource mobilization in Africa. The platform draws together actors from governments, civil society, International organizations, legislators, media, academia and national campaigners to take stock of the current state of play Illicit Financial Flows agenda in Africa as well as progress made through global, regional and country level initiatives.

TrustAfrica is excited the be a thought partner and anchoring member of this inaugural event which will profile communities and the solutions they are finding. At TrustAfrica, for over 15 years now, we’ve moved side by side with communities and community leaders, civil society and our continental political architecture working together on the most pressing challenges of our time as a continent. And if COVID-19 has reinforced anything, it is the notion that communities and proximate leaders are the ones who are best equipped to respond to the challenges in their communities. We are proud as an African philanthropic foundation to be able to meet our communities in these responses and amplify their impact with catalytic support and by bringing them into key continental and global fora such as the inaugural World Communities Forum.  

Mawuse Hotor (middle) and her parents, Mary Ahotor and Gabriel, cocoa farmers in Ghana

Mawuse Hotor (middle) and her parents, Mary Ahotor and Gabriel, cocoa farmers in Ghana 

“Engaging with and raising the participation of impacted communities has been a continuous challenge in sustainability initiatives.”

                                                             Veronika Ratri, Business Watch Indonesia (BWI)

Solidaridad, Fairfood, TrustAfrica and Business Watch Indonesia (BWI) are excited to launch our new joint programme, RECLAIM SUSTAINABILITY! This five-year programme (2021-2025) will be implemented in strategic partnership with the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, within their Policy Framework Strengthening Civil Society. 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 well represented in decision making, and civil society is strengthened. 

In recent years, sustainability has become something of a buzzword in international supply chains, the media, and consumer marketing. However, this has not yet created the desired impact, for there can be no genuine sustainability when the people who produce the products consumed by us all continue living in poverty; when natural resources are not managed sustainably, civic space in many countries is limited, and the working conditions of millions of producers are abject. Farmers, miners and workers are key players in tackling major challenges such as poverty and climate change, yet their voices are often unheard. The global COVID-19 pandemic has further exacerbated the situation of millions of people worldwide.

“The pandemic is exaggerating existing inequalities in food supply chains. While we are all highly dependent on smallholder farmers and workers for our food, they find themselves in exceptionally vulnerable positions. We remain optimistic, as we recognise that the world is gaining momentum to actually build up better as we collectively hit rock bottom. With greatly improved awareness for sustainability from everyone involved in global supply chains – consumers, government and private sector – we can make change happen. Our joint programme taps into this momentum using smart innovations, thus heralding an era of truly inclusive supply chains, in which farmers and workers reclaim their rightful voice.”

                                                                                       Sander de Jong, Fairfood

Nous voici de plain-pied en 2021. Avec elle de nouvelles opportunités et de nouvelles trajectoires. Comme pour toute année nouvelle, nous l’avons entamée avec l’espoir qu’elle sera meilleure que la précédente, parce que nous plongeant dans une société plus saine, plus juste et plus dynamique. A ses débuts encore, l’année 2021 semble être une continuation de 2020 et cela pour le monde entier. La pandémie qui n’a épargné aucun pays n’a pas encore disparu de la terre, mais une chose importante se dessine pour marquer l’année 2021. Aussi voudrions-nous vous proposer une mise à jour, alors que nous entrons dans notre rythme de programmation.

C’est dans cet esprit, nous vous invitons, en tant que partenaires et amis, à être solidaires des communautés qui travaillent sans relâche dans l’espoir d’instaurer la justice, la démocratie participative, la paix et des conditions de vie décentes, sur tout le continent. Nous avons eu le privilège de travailler avec des communautés qui relèvent les défis de cette époque : avec intégrité, vision et passion. Malgré des questions existentielles nécessitant une action urgente cette année, nous sommes impatients de partager avec vous, certaines de ces histoires des communautés. Il en sera ainsi, tout au long de l’année.

The problem of illicit financial flows out of Africa is a festering problem. Every year $88.6 billion is lost yet we remain burdened with such high poverty and inequality levels. Civil society must redouble their effort to fight this scourge. Be part of Relaunch of the Stop the Bleeding Campaign!

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Trust Africa, the pan-African developmental foundation over the weekend continued the distribution exercise of some 30, 000 face masks to frontline healthcare providers as the on-going battle against Covid-19 pandemic intensifies across the West African country.

The foundation which is a think-tank working for the development of the African continent and its people with an expressed commitment towards the on-going  fight by providing the much-needed relief to healthcare workers in Senegal as part of its contribution to the concerted efforts to curtail the spread of COVID-19 pandemic.

The distribution exercise kicked off on Wednesday with donations made to healthcare works within Dakar and its suburbs then reaching regions of Thies on Thursday and Ziguinchor on Friday   (January 29).

Le personnel soignant a été choisi par la Fondation TrustAfrica qui lui remis à partir de mercredi 27 janvier, quelque 30 mille masques de qualité pour la protection des équipes en première ligne de la lutte contre la pandémie COVID 19. 

Les hôpitaux, structures de santé et Associations qui travaillent nuit et jour contre la pandémie ont été les bénéficiaires de ces équipements en soutien à leurs efforts et engagements auprès des communautés vulnérables. Les masques de la gamme N95 ont été obtenus grâce à l’aide de l’organisation américaine V6 CO Online Medical Supplies 

Les agents et structures ciblés pour ce don de TrustAfrica sont répartis entre Dakar et ses banlieues d’une part, dans les régions de Thiès, de Kaolack et de Ziguinchor, d’autre part. 

 

Written by Ese Emerhi is the project/team lead for TrustAfrica’s Nigeria and West Africa programming

It’s a disappointing fact that after seventy years, civil society and non-profit organizations in the Global South still rely heavily on external aid from the Global North for their survival. There are justifiable arguments that this donor dependency needs to stop or change, and inherent in this argument is the negative power dynamics that this has created within the development sector that has led to competition, mistrust, lack of cooperation, and an overarching objective of donors to prolong the “problem” so they can remain in “business.” If giving aid is ultimately about solving problems and correcting injustice, why are there still so many wicked and toxic problems to solve?

Systemic and transformative social change is a long-term objective that involves many players and factors. One approach to tackling transformative change from donors has been to support new entrants into civil society by giving small grants that address immediate needs. These small local community-based organizations learning on-the-go often lack deep organizational capacity — staff, internal structure, knowledge, and access to decision-makers — and so results and impacts are often muted and focus mostly on outputs rather than sustained impact. For some donors and government actors, the small grants approach have been the response or push back to traditional aid — externally designed explanations and solutions to long-term entrenched problems — by directly involving local actors in the design phase and turning over some power to them to provide solutions to their own problems. This approach certainly has some merits, and, in some instances, it has shown very promising results by ensuring local agency and voice in addressing some of society’s challenges. But it has its limits.

 

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La 8e Conférence panafricaine (PAC) sur les Flux Financiers Illicites et la Fiscalité qui s’est tenue virtuellement du 9 au 13 novembre 2020 s’est déroulée dans des conditions satisfaisantes, aussi bien pour les organisateurs que pour les participants. Le thème de cette édition était : ‘’L’Afrique que nous voulons après la Covid-19 : optimiser la mobilisation des ressources internes du secteur extractif pour la transformation de l’Afrique’’.

En raison de la pandémie de Covid-19, l’édition 2020 s’est tenue sous la forme d’une combinaison d’évènements physiques (dans les pays où cela a été possible) et de sessions virtuelles, en marge de la réunion et des sessions plénières.

Pour une bonne réussite de cette conférence, des commissions ont été mises en place. Parmi lesquelles, la commission de la communication qui avait en charge la visibilité de l’évènement continental avec l’appui des médias. Ce press-book est le reflet de la qualité de leurs productions.

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