TrustAfrica is pleased to announce the resumption of its newsletter. This quarterly publication will highlight key activities carried out by TrustAfrica and provide you with the schedule of its upcoming activities. It will focus mainly on the work of our partners, highlighting their efforts to improve the living conditions of fellow citizens. TrustAfrica newsletter is an open space for conversations, debates and discussions which seek to promote pan-Africanism, democracy, good governance and responsible citizenship. The Newsletter will therefore provide a veritable platform to cultivate ideas which are likely to contribute to the development and growth of Africa and its diaspora.
This issue includes highlights of the Conference on Illicit Financial Flows held in Dakar, Senegal, on 12 and 13 March 2019, the roundtable discussion on Ayisha Osori’s book held at TrustAfrica’s offices in Dakar and our various past and future activities.
Enjoy the read!
Venue: The Golden Tulip Canaan Hotel, Kampala
Date: 6 – 10 May 2019
TrustAfrica, in partnership with the Dutch Embassy in Uganda, plans to host a media training on transitional justice and international criminal justice in Kampala, Uganda. The purpose of the training is to build the capacity of a select number of media professionals from South Sudan and Uganda to effectively report on and generate constructive public debates on transitional justice developments and international criminal justice at the local, national, regional and international levels. The media’s engagement in generating constructive public debates on accountability will in turn ensure that the media is strategically placed to advance the democratization processes in South Sudan and Uganda.
On 18 February 2019, TrustAfrica organised a roundtable discussion at its offices in Dakar on the International Criminal Court (ICC) and the trial of the former President of Côte d’Ivoire, Laurent Gbagbo, and his collaborator, Charles Blé Goudé.
The meeting was introduced by TrustAfrica’s Executive Director, Dr. Ebrima Sall, and moderated by Alioune Tine, UN Independent Expert on the situation of human rights in Mali. Fruitful discussions were held on the outcome of the trial to date, the perspectives for criminal justice in Africa, the challenges posed by the ICC’s action on the socio-political situation in Côte d'Ivoire, and the situation in the country ahead of the 2020 presidential elections.
We are pleased to announce to you the Dakar Consultation on Global Partnership and Joint Actions in addressing Discrimination Based on Work and Descent including Caste hosted by The Inclusivity Project, TrustAfrica, UNESCO, Amnesty International and Asia Dalit Rights Forum in association with, Global Call to Action against Poverty, Free the Slaves and Civicus and Oxfam scheduled to hold from 9 to 11 April 2019 in Dakar, Senegal.
Ibrahim is the Finance Assistant for Trust Africa. Prior to joining the TA team, he was the Finance Manager for a constructions company “J&T Architectes et Associes” for several years. Ibrahim holds more than 6 years’ experience in the finance sector in which he has worked for companies such as Ecobank, Orange Senegal and Cabinet EDE International. Ibrahim has also worked as a project manager for Ecobank foundation in a partnership with The Global Fund to enhance financial capacity of recipients fighting HIV, Tuberculosis and Malaria in Senegal with the collaboration of the Ministry of Health. Holding a Master degree in economic Science and specialized in Project Management, Ibrahim is fluent in English and French, he also speaks fluently Wolof, Mandingo and English creol.
TrustAfrica, through its Agriculture Advocacy Programme and together with its partners is organizing a policy dialogue convening themed: “Agency and Accountability : Securing Citizens’ Voices and Participation in Africa’s Agriculture Development” from the 2 to 3 April 2019 in Kigali, Rwanda. The convening brings together partners and like-minded institutions to strengthen civic engagement in the agriculture, environment and natural resource policy making space. The convening will profile TrustAfrica’s on-going agriculture advocacy work and impact, as well as advance proposals for harnessing opportunities and initiatives to better support civil society in addressing the pressing challenges in the African agricultural sector. It is a timely platform to strengthen conversations and deepen debates on how to sustain the agenda for a more inclusive and sustained citizen’s voice, amongst a broad base network of non-state actors and, with government actors on emerging and pressing challenges on Africa’s development.
The round table discussion on Ayisha Osori’s Book, “Love Does Not Win Elections”, organized byTrustAfrica, Africans Rising, OSIWA, and Sylv Saki had a very good turnout. Civil society members, intellectuals, students and media personalities met at TrustAfrica’s premises to discuss around Ayisha's beautifully written memoir. In her Book, the Executive Director of OSSIWA writes about her unbelievable journey contesting for elections as a woman in Nigeria. Osori gives a much-needed first-hand account of Nigerian politics, from an unapologetically feminist perspective.
The event was well covered by regional media outlets. Ouest TV did a great report on the event:
International Women's Day is an opportunity to recognize the great contributions of African women to the advancement of our continent. As part of our celebration this year, TrustAfrica, Africans Rising, OSIWA, and Sylv Saki (“Un Mois, Un Livre”) are excited to welcome Ayisha Osori for a round table discussion of her book, Love Does Not Win Elections. Ayisha's beautifully written memoir pulls the reader in from the first sentence, as she takes us on her often unbelievable journey contesting for elections as a woman in Nigeria. Osori gives a much-needed first-hand account of Nigerian politics, from an unapologetically feminist perspective. A must-read for anyone interested in the mire that is Nigerian politics and, beyond Nigeria, in what women have to go through, almost everywhere, to "get a seat at the table".
TrustAfrica has organized a two-day meeting in Dakar, Senegal centred on the challenges posed by illicit financial flows from Africa, with particular focus on the West African region. It was a great opportunity for civil society to discuss the subject and to work together with other critical stakeholders for viable options to mitigate the dangers illicit financial flows pose to economic development in the region.
|Read the KTF report
By Lemene Cyril Sambari and Vivian Dimkpa
TrustAfrica is pleased to inform you that in one year, the Kiisi Trust Fund (KTF) has created partnership with 27 organisations to implement programs across Ogoniland in the Niger Delta area of Nigeria. Projects have been implemented in 48 Ogoni communities. 8, 717 beneficiaries have been reached in this area which is remarkable for immense environmental degradation. Grants awarded till-date have been $296,518.00.