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We welcome the upcoming legislative proposal by the European Commission for a Sustainable Corporate Governance directive, including mandatory human rights and environmental due diligence (HREDD).
To effectively stop human rights violations and negative environmental impacts in global supply chains, EU policymakers should ensure the upcoming legislation leads to positive impacts for rightsholders and improves the situation and the livelihoods of smallholders. It is key that the HREDD directive addresses the root causes of adverse impacts on human rights and the environment such as persistent poverty among smallholders.
Word Cloud from TrustAfrica Programs Meeting in September: What is Your 1 Word Prayer for TrustAfrica?
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We’re excited to share this latest edition of our newsletter with you, particularly because we’ve been privileged to be part of so many important conversations about Africa’s development and the possibilities for transformative participation available to citizens, public and private leaders and academics. Read more to find out what interesting conversations we’ve been a part of around Democracy and Governance, Equitable Development and African Philanthropy. To start you off we have as our center piece in this edition remarks delivered by our Learning Manager, Ms. Tendisai Chigwedere during the 2nd African Philanthropy Conference from 3-5 August 2021.
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Ogo Chukwudi is receiving the award from the Chairman Board of Directors Paradigm Leadership Support Initiative, Arc. (Rev) Polycarp Gbaja on behalf of TrustAfrica.
On the 1st of October 2021, TrustAfrica received an award in recognition of their effort to support the efficacy of public audit in Nigeria from a grantee partner - Paradigm Leadership Support Initiative (PLSI) during the organization's 5th anniversary and the launch of "Achieving Accountability and Development in Nigeria" report. TrustAfrica was one of the first organizations to support the vision of PLSI at the early stage by providing a grant to the organization. Congratulations to PLSI for five years of impact in the financial transparency space in Nigeria, and TrustAfrica is happy to have played a role in the five-year journey of PLSI.
Ebrima Sall, Executive Director, TrustAfrica
The specter of unconstitutional takeover of power seems to be haunting Africa again. In the past 18 months or so, there have been four military coups (one in Sudan, two in Mali and one in Guinea), the killing of a sitting head of state in a battle against armed rebels (in Chad), and an attempt to overthrow the transition government in Sudan. The military takeovers in Sudan and Mali followed long periods of mass protests, a little bit like what happened in Egypt ten years ago. But military takeovers are just that: the military being in control of the state, invariably translating into restrictions of basic freedoms and possibilities of democratic expression.
The political crises in Libya and Central African Republic are far from being resolved. In several other countries, the heads of state have amended the constitutions so as to be able to run for a third or fourth term of office, a practice that has also been called a form of coup d’Etat.
TrustAfrica, in conjunction with UNESCO and CODESRIA, has successfully organized a Training Workshop on Future Literacies in Africa. The workshop, held in Bamako, Mali, on 1 and 2 October 2021, was mainly to prepare young people from the continent to better understand the present and anticipate the future. Participants were drawn from ten African countries. The young people who participated in this training said they were ready to apply the knowledge acquired and share it with their colleagues who were not present at the meeting. Meanwhile, the three organizations, who collaborated to organize the training workshop, have reiterated their willingness to continue to support young Africans in the struggle for the emergence of a peaceful, just and egalitarian continent where individual and collective freedoms are respected.
The work of the High-Level Stakeholders Forum on African Humanities got off to a good start on 28 September 2021 with the interventions of eminent academics and researchers. Nearly 70 participants composed of researchers, teachers, intellectuals, academics, students and decision-makers, from the 5 regions of Africa and its diaspora were in Bamako to discuss the future of African Humanities and African languages in the struggle for the emancipation and development of the continent. In his speech at the opening ceremony, Dr. Ebrima Sall, Executive Director of TrustAfrica, expressed his appreciation to all the partners and highlighted the pan-Africanist character of TrustAfrica and its commitment to freedom, democracy, equity and peace. Dr. Sall also hosted a conference on the theme: Eurocentrism and Domination of the Humanities which was well received by the participants.