La gestion du passif des crises post-électorales en Côte d’Ivoire en termes d’établissement des responsabilités, a emmené à une action de la Cour Pénale Internationale depuis 2011 en Côte d’Ivoire, à travers l’ouverture, d’une situation et de deux affaires dont celle Le Procureur c/Laurent Gbagbo et Charles Blé Goudé.

Les juges de la Cour pénale internationale (CPI) conduisent depuis janvier 2016 le procès de Laurent Gbagbo qui fut mis en détention à La Haye en novembre 2011. 

Le 15 janvier 2019, la chambre de première instance de la CPI a décidé d’acquitter Laurent Gbagbo et Charles Blé Goudé des accusations de crimes contre l’humanité portées contre eux. Toutefois, à la suite de l’initiation d’une procédure en appel, la Cour d’appel de la CPI a décidé de la remise en liberté sous conditions des deux hommes en attendant le début de la procédure d’appel.

20 années après l’adoption du Statut de Rome portant création de la CPI un bilan de son action semble opportun. Elle fait face à de nombreuses critiques surtout liées au choix des situations, pouvant à terme nuire à sa crédibilité. Le verdict dans l’affaire Laurent Gbagbo et Charles Blé Goudé a constitué une occasion supplémentaire de critiquer la stratégie d’enquête et de poursuite du bureau du Procureur.

The Executive Director of TrustAfrica, Dr Ebrima Sall, has called on graduates of higher education institutions to have a pan-Africanist vision and make tangible contributions to the development of the African continent by contributing to pertinent debates and conversations relating to the emergence of a new Africa. 

Sibongile (Bongi) Mkhabela, a social worker by profession and an activist by orientation, is the current Chief Executive Officer of the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund (NMCF) as well as the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital Trust (NMCH Trust).

Most recently, she was awarded The Order of Luthuli (Silver) by the President of South Africa, Mr Cyril Ramaphosa, on 27 April 2018. The award was in recognition of her fight against apartheid prior to democracy (1976 student uprising) and for her excellent contribution to the well-being of South Africa’s children.

Appointed as CEO of NMCF in 2001, not only has she been instrumental in growing the Fund’s endowment but also in captaining the navigation of its strategic direction.

Her tenure as CEO has seen the organisation position itself as a critical player in issues affecting children, their families and communities. The Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund footprint has extended beyond the borders of South Africa to encompass Southern Africa.

In 2009, the Fund’s Board of Trustees seconded Mkhabela to assume the role of CEO of the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital Trust. Chaired by Graça Machel, the Trust was tasked with the vision of pioneering the establishment of a second dedicated children’s hospital in Southern Africa. The hospital will be a concrete expression of Mr Mandela’s legacy. It aims to improve the quality of paediatric care, research and training in Sub-Saharan Africa. Her work in senior positions at the United Nations Development Programme, United Nations Education Programme in Southern Africa, and the South African Council of Churches has added to her wealth of experience on development issues.

Part of that experience saw her serve in the office of then-Deputy President Thabo Mbeki as Programmes Director responsible for programming with specific reference to civil society government partnerships, as well as ensuring that South Africa implemented United Nations Agreements on the Rights of the Child.

The roots of her activism trace back to her student days. She served on executive councils of the student organisations behind the nationwide June 16, 1976 uprisings credited for the beginning of the end of apartheid. Her personal story of the Soweto uprisings is captured in her book, Open Earth and Black Roses.

Mkhabela is also a Joel L. Fleishman Civil Society Fellow at Duke University in North Carolina, USA, and completed her post-graduate Business Management studies with the University of the Witwatersrand Business School in Johannesburg. In 2017, Mkhabela was awarded a Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship which included a three-month residency at Bellagio in Italy. She serves, among others, on the boards of Trust Africa, based in Senegal; Global Fund for Community Foundations; Global Philanthropy Alliance; and is former Chairperson and current Trustee of Black Sash.

Mr. Abdoulie Janneh, a Gambian National, is a former United Nations Under-Secretary General and Executive Secretary of the UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), as part of the TrustAfrica board. Mr. Janneh is a life-long committed champion working to eradicate poverty and strengthening institutions on the continent. 

Mr.  Janneh successfully completed a seven-year tenure (2005-2012) at the helm of the United Nations  Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), an institution with the dual role of being the regional arm of the United Nations in Africa as well as a key Pan-African Institution. During his leadership of the UNECA, Mr. Janneh took steps to strategically re-position the organization to better support Africa’s development agenda.   

Before joining UNECA, Mr. Janneh served as UN Assistant Secretary-General and UNDP Regional Director for Africa from June 2000 to October 2005. In that capacity, he managed United Nations Development Programme’s (UNDP) largest Regional Bureau, covering 44 countries in sub-Saharan Africa with a complement of over 1,500 staff.  Prior to that, he held a number of senior positions in UNDP and its affiliated funds, including Resident Representative posts in various countries, as well as Deputy Executive Secretary of the United Nations Capital Development Fund (1990-1993). 

Mr. Janneh has dedicated his life to public service. Prior to his joining ECA, Mr. Janneh for nearly 30 years in the United Nations Development Programme throughout Africa working to eradicate poverty, fighting against HIV/AIDS while seeking to bring about economic reform and good governance.  

He has sought as well to bolster Africa's institutions including the African Union and the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD).  

In his various senior roles, Mr. Janneh has been striving to enhance partnership-building for Africa, as a necessary vehicle to mobilize support and build inclusiveness for shared development objectives.  In this regard, he has been able to cultivate strong partnerships at the highest levels between ECA and governments, the private sector, civil society, as well as national, regional and international organizations. He also serves on the Boards/ Advisory Panels of a number of organizations involved in Africa’s development.   Currently, he is a member of the African Forum of Former Heads of State and Government , the Africa Governance Institute (AGI) (Chairman of the Board), the International Lawyers for Africa (ILFA), the Coalition for Dialogue in Africa (CODA), the AO Alliance Foundation, ASCENT (Africa Sustainability Centre) and Global Integrity. 

He has delivered over the years a number of keynote addresses, policy statements and written articles on issues germane to Africa’s development. He is also the author of the book ‘Integrating Africa’. 

Mr. Janneh is the recipient of various honors and awards including for example, the ‘Distinguished Africa Economic Icon of the Year Award 2011’, Commander of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Niger, the Femmes Africa Solidarité Leadership in Peace Building Recognition and an honorary doctorate degree from the Lead City University (LCU), Ibadan ,Nigeria. 

Since November 2012, Mr. Janneh has been serving as Executive Director/Board Member at the Mo Ibrahim Foundation, and he is based in Dakar, Senegal. 

Abdoulie Janneh holds an MA in Urban and Regional Planning Studies from the University of Nottingham in England. He is also graduate in Engineering Science, Fourah Bay College, Sierra Leone; and studied Project Planning and Appraisal at University of Bradford, UK. 

TrustAfrica, in collaboration with Justice and Reconciliation Project, Allamin Foundation, and Women’s Rights Advancement and Protection Alternative is organizing an exchange visit in Abuja, Nigeria from 21 to 25 January 2019 to explore issues in transitional justice in Africa and deepen the conversation relating to justice and reconciliation on the continent.


In her Opening Remarks at the ceremony, Brenda Peace Amito, Representative of Trust Africa reiterated the need to advance accountability for human rights violations in Africa.

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Briggs BombaTrustAfrica is pleased to announce the acceptance of its staff member, Briggs Bomba into The WELLBEING project. This project is an initiative co-created with Ashoka, Easelen, Fetzer Institute, Impact Hub, Skoll Foundation and Synegros for civic leaders’ personal development.

TrustAfrica has co-organized the 1st ECOWAS People’s Agriculture Budget Summit The event, which was held in Abuja, Nigeria, on Wednesday, 12 December 2018, was organized in collaboration with the ECOWAS, ActionAid Global Secretariat, ActionAid Nigeria, Coalition of Non-State Actors on CAADP and the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources of Nigeria. TrustAfrica was represented at the meeting by M. Chinedu Nwagwu, Project Director. The overall discussion of the meeting was centered around highlighting the current situation of agriculture investment and expenditure within member states, its effect and impact and how best to increase the quantity and quality of agriculture budget for 2019/2020 fiscal year to benefit women and smallholder farmers in the ECOWAS region. 

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. 

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