Justice and Reconciliation Project (JRP), one of TrustAfrica’s grantees, has organized a successful Regional Dialogue meeting to discuss challenges that survivors of conflict are facing. The meeting took place on 31 October 2018 in Gulu Town, Uganda. Victims, policy makers, activists and local leaders from across the Northern part of Uganda attended the event. Please read an article by Sophia Neiman
Ms. Coumba Toure, Chair of the Board of TrustAfrica and Coordinator of the Africans Rising Movement for Peace, Justice and Dignity was the guest of the weekly program of Sud FM 98.5 on Sunday, 16 December 2018.
During the program, Coumba Touré focused extensively on the vision, mission and objectives of TrustAfrica as well as recent intervention initiatives of the organization. She also spoke about TrustAfrica’s pan-African activities and highlighted recent achievements of the Trust.
TrustAfrica is an Africa-wide grantmaking foundation that is dedicated to fostering democratic governance and equitable development and works principally through collaboration and partnership with like-minded institutions and donors. It is incorporated in the United States as a 501(c)(3) taxexempt organization and has a location agreement with the government of Senegal. It has program presence in several African countries, maintains partnerships with several of Africa’s leading institutions, and has built a formidable reputation as a strategic grantmaker and an effective convener.
TrustAfrica has successfully completed its second training of media professionals in Banjul, The Gambia. The training programme which was held from 12-16 November 2018, was organised by TrustAfrica in partnership with The Netherland Embassy in Dakar. The aim of the meeting was to build the capacity of media personnel from a select number of West African countries to effectively report on and create constructive public debates on transitional justice developments and international criminal justice at the local, national, regional and international levels.
On behalf of TrustAfrica, Bethule Nyamambi was invited to contribute to the workshop convened by the African Risk Capacity Agency (ARC) and the African Union Department of Rural Economy and Agriculture (AU-DREA) held at the African Union, in Addis Ababa Ethiopia, on 26 and 27 November 2018.
Par Amandine Rushenguziminega,
Project Associate International Justice et Illicit Financials Flows
L’exemple de la Suisse, Première Place des juridictions secrètes au monde
Les flux financiers illicites (FFI) ont une importance capitale sur le développement économique, social et même politique de l’Afrique. Ils contribuent à appauvrir le continent. Durant ces cinquante dernières années, l’Afrique a perdu plus de 1’000 milliards de dollars dû aux FFI.
Abdarahmane Wone, known to us as Abda, joined TrustAfrica as a Communications Officer in November 2018. He is an experienced journalist and a communications specialist who has been engaged in a full spectrum of communications roles and activities for over two decades, both within and outside Africa. He has worked with key players, sectors and organizations implementing programmes for the benefit of the African Social Science community and in support of the Africa citizenry. In addition to the communications aspect, he is also currently managing Social Movements Program (SMP) and the Discrimination Based on Work and Descent and the Slavery portfolio at TrustAfrica.
Abdarahmane Wone, is a leading Human Rights activists from Mauritania, who has been involved in the fight against human rights abuses and equality for more than thirty years. Born in 1973, in the Southern part of Mauritania, Abda Wone and his family were forced to leave the country in 1989. While in the US, he was a speaker for the American Anti-Slavery group, traveling around the world to speak against racism and slavery in Mauritania. These experiences have made Abda particularly passionate about the questions of citizenship on the continent which he is harnessing in managing the portfolio on Discrimination Based on Work and Descent.
In 2008, Abda Wone joined the Brooklyn, NY- based CBO, CAMBA, Inc and worked and taught US culture, ESL and Job readiness and professional development to diverse groups of migrant students and job seekers. Prior to being resettled in the United States in 2000, Abdarahmane was a reporter for the Senegalese newspaper, Sud Quotidien.Prior to joining TrustAfrica, he was the head of the Communication Unit of CODESRIA for seven years (2011-2018).He is also currently a Global Council member for the Global Call to Action Against Poverty (GCPA).
Ladies and Gentlemen.
Welcome and thank you for being here. It is indeed heart-warming to see your strong interest in Transitional and International Criminal Justice issues which are at the very heart of our national discourse.
I would also like to appreciate TrustAfrica for organizing this important training. This is further evidence of the potential impact that could be generated by cooperation between States and Civil Society Organisations. I would most importantly like to thank, H.E Ambassador Theo Peter, for being present today and the Kingdom of the Netherlands for supporting this great initiative.
Today marks the beginning of a 5-day training on Transitional and International Criminal Justice for Journalists. Journalism has very often been referred to as the ‘Fourth Estate”, a recognition of the crucial role the media plays in a democratic society. The media throughout modern history has played a crucial role in upholding free speech and protecting democratic practices.
Ogochukwu “Ogo” Chukwudi joined TrustAfrica in November 2018 as a Project Associate for the Kiisi Trust Fund. Ogo worked with Access Bank PLC in Lagos, Nigeria as a relationship officer and prior to joining TrustAfrica, she worked as a Research and Data Analyst for PIND Foundation. Ogo was part of the team that built the Niger Delta Development Map on the NDLink website which encourages partnerships in the Niger Delta. This online platform is currently one of the top online platforms in Nigeria. Ogo is very passionate about the development of the Niger Delta. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Geography and Planning from the University of Lagos, Nigeria and a Master of Arts in International Development from the University of Manchester, United Kingdom. She is also a proud member of Starting Now, which is a network of people who have committed to taking one step to change the world small at first perhaps, but consistent.
Globally, there are increased constraints on external funding and even criminalization of CSOs work. To counter this narrative, an emerging discourse around “participatory philanthropy” is being championed and innovated by civil society activists. Making the shift from external to local resources is one part of this.
In Sub Saharan Africa, the field of organized philanthropy and efforts to developed it has been dominated by Anglophone influences and practices and there has been far less investment in building local philanthropy in Francophone Africa.