Gerry Salole

Akwasi Aidoo

Another year has gone by. And once again, we have an opportunity through this Annual Report to examine ourselves as an institution. Looking back on the past year, our activities have helped us deepen and reinforce our mission. It was a time for celebration (our dinner in Liberia with two Nobel prizewinners) and reflection (our first Organizational Assessment). It was a time for correction and preparation. We focused ourselves with more targeted grantmaking (78 grants totaling more than $3 million) and secured further support from institutional donors. We built new partnerships and collaborated with like-minded institutions to strengthen our core program areas. We remained strong in the face of a global financial crisis and we grew our staff and our programs.

TrustAfrica Foundation plays an important role on the continent. Our success in winning the support of grantees, partners and donors shows us that we have developed a valid and viable model for grantmaking in Africa.

TrustAfrica Foundation plays an important role on the continent. Our success in winning the support of grantees, partners and donors shows us that we have developed a valid and viable model for grantmaking in Africa. Our projects in Liberia and Zimbabwe continue to push the boundaries and provide alternatives to decisions made by those in power. Our publications on the regulatory environment, which now include a soon-to-be-published volume on North Africa, provide a compass for those seeking a pathway to improved governance. We continue to work toward strengthening established African institutions, such as the AU and NEPAD, while at the same time holding them accountable to their constituents.

In terms of prosperity, our leading research project on the Investment Climate and Business Environment in Africa continues to publish cutting-edge information on how the business climate can improve conditions to promote greater economic empowerment. You’ll learn in this report about the recognition it has received and the difference its researchers are making at the policy level, which can directly impact the lives of Africans across the globe. Our agriculture policy program made strides in terms of developing awareness around the rights of smallholder farmers, with the ultimate aim of ensuring that farmers continue to produce crops to sustain fellow citizens. We have also been furthering our work in higher education policy in an attempt to better prepare our youth for a rapidly changing workplace.

As an African foundation, we continue to support the growth of similar institutions on the continent. We are moving the African philanthropic agenda forward. The number of African philanthropic organizations continues to grow, as does interest in the topic. As we continue to mention in public forums, the notion of philanthropy on the continent has always existed, it is just expressed in different terms. Reciprocity and solidarity are as ancient as the pyramids, and calling attention to their importance is critical to building an empowered and legitimized community of civil society leaders and activists who want to give back.

We are grateful you have taken the time to learn more about the activities of TrustAfrica. It is our hope that this report serves as a means to remain transparent and accountable to our stakeholders. We encourage you to remain engaged and to help us stay on our toes.

Gerry Salole, Chairperson

Akwasi Aidoo, Executive Director


We are working to strengthen communication between government and civil society.

In 2011, we continued to raise the efficiency of our core structural areas. In Operations, we improved the organization of our electronic data and inaugurated a bi-annual organizational planning retreat. In Communications, we standardized our branding with a graphic standards manual and redesigned our brochure. And in Programs, we deepened our strategy by introducing a new program framework. Finally, we began an external assessment/evaluation process using outside consultants in order to review our organizational health and identify opportunities to enhance long-term sustainability.

In January 2012, TrustAfrica hired two consultants to perform an Organizational Assessement.

After five years in operation under the official name “TrustAfrica,” it was time to self-evaluate. Among other research techniques, the consultants sent out approximately 300 “e-surveys” to a mixture of staff, partners and donors, asking a series of questions related to the relevance and efficacy of the organization. Overall, there were 70 responses, considered a high rate of return and demonstrative of the number of people who are dedicated to the welfare of TrustAfrica. As you will see from the responses, our efforts over the last five years to build a sustainable and valuable organization have not been in vain.