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This year's International Women’s Day (IWD) theme recognizes the impact of the COVID-19 global health pandemic in 2020. For the 2021 campaign, the UN Women announced the theme "Women in Leadership: Achieving an Equal Future in a Covid-19 World". A social media campaign was launched to inspire women to #ChooseToChallenge and call out gender prejudice and disparity. The theme profiles women's incredible work in creating an equal future for everyone, recovery from the pandemic, and the existing gaps. At TrustAfrica we were excited to host a series of meetings throughout the month with partners under our initiative to redress gender-based violence and challenge the norms and stereotypes which strip women of agency and also spent time planning how we prioritize gender responsive programming through the collaborative Community Immunity Initiative.

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While 2021 may feel like a continuation of 2020, there is something significant about marking the start of a new year. As we get into our programming rhythm in the new year, we would like to reach out to you with an update. A new year brings with it, new possibilities and new trajectories for becoming a healthier, more just and vibrant society. We invite you as partners, friends and communities to be in solidarity with communities who are working tirelessly with hope for justice, participatory democracy, peace and decent living conditions across the continent.  

While we have some existential questions requiring urgent action this year, we are also privileged to be working across communities who are responding to the challenges of this time with integrity, vision and passion. And we look forward to sharing some of these stories with you throughout the year.  

Dear Friend and Partner, 

We are pleased to resume the regular publication of our Newsletter, an important medium through which TrustAfrica has been communicating with you about both global and the specifically African issues. There is no doubt that COVID-19 will profoundly change the world, as we know it, and mark a remarkable turnaround in the shape of global society. TrustAfrica was born from a vision to enable African actors to respond most effectively to the most pressing issues affecting the continent. And COVID-19 will surely be recorded as not only one of the most pressing issues of our time, but also as an occurrence which has most acutely highlighted the fault lines in our society.

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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.
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We are honoured by your participation at this our 10th year anniversary celebration conference on philanthropy and Africa’s development. By honouring us with your presence and recognising this significant milestone together with us, you are contributing to the process of shaping our future. As we mark TrustAfrica’s 10-year anniversary we are also unveiling TrustAfrica’s new strategy for the period 2016 – 2020. Our goal under the new strategy is to advance political economic and social justice in Africa by tackling a number of priority thematic issues. These issues which have found expression in the African Union’s Agenda 2063, the African Mining Vision, the African Union’s Transitional Justice Policy Framework as well as the Sustainable Development Goals will be a major focus of the next phase of TrustAfrica’s programming. We are humbled by your support not only today but in the decade that has brought us to this point. We welcome you. Thank you.

In This Issue



Advancing International Criminal Justice
On 26 and 27 May, 2015
TrustAfrica's International Criminal Justice (ICJ) Fund hosted the first in a series of pan­African convenings it is organizing this year for advocacy and human rights groups on best practices in advancing international criminal justice on the continent. This meeting took place in Dakar, Senegal on the theme "Engaging with International Criminal Justice in Africa: Lessons Learned in Mobilization and Advocacy". 
Innovating in Africa's Philanthropic space
A Watershed Moment for African Philanthropy 
Tendai Murisa

The AGN finally managed to successfully host its bi-annual assembly in Arusha, Tanzania. The assembly was initially supposed to have been held in Accra in 2014 but the Ebola outbreak and the Government of Ghana's subsequent ban on International Conferences left the organizers with no choice but to look for an alternative venue. It was worth waiting for. The discussions that took place focused on the significance of the emergent African philanthropy sector, its aspirations without being naïve to the potential constraints and pitfalls in the African and global context and the role of African philanthropy in promoting social justice across sectors. In this article I will focus on some of the difficult conversations that took place regarding the space, role and future of African philanthropy.

A Warm Welcome

We are pleased to announce that Bethule Nyamambi
has joined the programme team. She leads the Foundation's agricultural advocacy work. El-hadj Diallo has joined the finance unit as the accounting assistant and Paul Takow Takow has joined as Communications Officer. Sunday Khan now serves as the Interim Programme Director. Read more aboutour staff.

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recent grants please visit our grants database.


September 2015
Friends of TrustAfrica,
With this issue of TrustAfrica Now, we are pleased to share some of the latest work we've been doing with our partners these past months. They are making headway on some of the toughest issues we face, mounting creative responses and advancing a shared vision of democratic governance and truly equitable development.

In this spirit, we convened over 500 leaders from education, government and civil society in Dakar in March to chart a new course for higher education. Since then, the summit's declaration and action plan has been presented and adopted at the African Union heads of state meeting, which in June resolved to establish a committee made up of ten heads of state who will propose the next steps for revitalizing higher education across our continent.

Other galvanizing events TrustAfrica has supported includes a summit of seasoned activists advocating for international criminal justice in Africa hosted by our ICJ Fund in May; and the launch of the "Stop the Bleeding" campaign which seeks to curb the illegal departure each year of some US$50 billion from Africa, a staggering loss that we must reverse.
And in July, the African Philanthropy Network met in Arusha to examine how to harness people, policy and practice to improve African giving for Africa's development.

I take heart at the important, steady advances described below, and hope you will too.
Tendai Murisa
Executive Director
Renewing Africa's commitment to Higher Education
In June 2015, at the 25th session of the General Assembly of the African Union in Johannesburg, President Macky Sall of Senegal tabled the African Higher Education Summit Declaration and Action Plan for adoption by African Heads of State. The declaration and plan was the result of a March summit in Dakar that was sponsored by TrustAfrica and its partners. Read more...
Campaigning to curb Illicit Financial Flows
"Stop the Bleeding: Campaign to End Illicit Financial Flows from Africa" is the attention-grabbing name of a new campaign launched in June. Aimed at halting the enormous outflow of the continent's monetary resources, the initiative is envisaged as a campaign rooted in African experiences and reinforced by global Africa solidarity linkages. It is being carried out by TrustAfrica and a group of African civil society organisations with the aim of mobilising students and youth, trade unions and grassroots social movements to raise their voices for change. Read more... 

An Invitation

At TrustAfrica, we believe that Africans must set the agenda for--and lead--our continent's transformation. As an independent foundation, we are made stronger and more able to deliver on our mission with your support. We warmly invite you tomake a donation today. We thank you.



Contributions to TrustAfrica, a 501(c)(3) organization that has earned the GuideStar Exchange Seal, are tax deductible in the United States to the full extent allowed by law. Please consider making a donation today to qualify for a tax deduction this calendar year.

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Un nouvel élan en faveur de la justice pénale internationale
Le Fonds pour la justice pénale internationale (JPI) de TrustAfrica a organisé, les 26 et 27 mai 2015, la première d'une série de plusieurs rencontres panafricaines prévues cette année Cliquer ici pour en savoir plus...
Innover dans l'espace philanthropique africain
Un tournant décisif pour la philanthropie africaine 

L'AGN a finalement pu organiser, avec succès, son assemblée bi-annuelle à Arusha, en Tanzanie. Cette assemblée devait initialement se tenir à Accra en 2014, mais avec l'épidémie d'Ebola et l'interdiction des conférences internationales par le gouvernement ghanéen, les organisateurs n'avaient d'autre choix que de chercher un autre pays pour y tenir l'assemblée. L'attente en a valu la peine.  Cliquer ici pour en savoir plus....
Cordiale bienvenue
Nous sommes heureux d'annoncer que Bethule Nyamambi a rejoint le Bureau du programme de TrustAfrica. Elle est chargée des activités de plaidoyer de la Fondation en faveur de l'agriculture. Nous avons également le plaisir d'annonce l'arrivée d'El-Hadj Diallo au service financier de TA où il occupe le poste d'assistant- comptable; Paul Takow Takow a également rejoint la Fondation pour occuper le poste de Chargé de communication. Sunday Khan est le nouveau Directeur du programme par intérim. Pour en savoir plus sur notre équipe,cliquer ici.

Pour de plus amples informations sur les subventions, visiter notre base de données de subventions
Une invitation
A TrustAfrica, nous croyons que les Africains doivent  établir et diriger le programme de transformation de notre continent. En tant que fondation indépendante, nous nous appuyons sur votre soutien pour être encore plus fort et plus aptes à réaliser notre mission. Nous vous invitons vivement à 
faire un don à TrustAfricadès aujourd'hui. Merci ! 
TrustAfrica est une organisation régie par le paragraphe 501(c)(3) du Code fiscal des Etats-Unis. Elle a reçu la distinction GuideStar Exchange Seal. Les dons accordés à TrustAfrica sont déductibles d'impôt aux États-Unis dans toute la mesure permise par la loi.
Septembre 2015
Amis de TrustAfrica,
Nous avons le plaisir de vous faire part, dans cette édition de TrustAfrica Now, du travail que nous avons réalisé ces derniers mois avec nos partenaires. Ces derniers sont en train de réaliser des progrès dans la résolution de certaines des questions les plus difficiles auxquelles nous sommes confrontées, en proposant des réponses innovantes et en œuvrant à promouvoir la vision commune d'une gouvernance démocratique et réellement équitable.
Dans cet esprit, nous avions réuni lors d'un sommet à Dakar, au mois de mars dernier, plus de 500 responsables d'institutions d'enseignement, responsables gouvernementaux et représentants de la société civile pour imprimer une nouvelle direction à l'enseignement supérieur. A l'issue de ce sommet, une déclaration et un plan d'action ont été présentés et adoptés lors de la Conférence des Chefs d'Etat de l'Union africaine qui, au mois de juin dernier, avaient décidé de créer un comité composé de dix Chefs d'Etat chargés de proposer les prochaines étapes vers la revitalisation de l'enseignement supérieur à travers notre continent.
Parmi les autres événements passionnants organisés avec l'appui de TrustAfrica on peut noter la conférence qui avait réuni, au mois de mai dernier, des militants dotés d'une large expérience et engagés dans le plaidoyer pour la justice pénale internationale (JPI) en Afrique. Cette conférence a été organisée par notre Fonds de JPI.  Notons également le lancement de la campagne dénommée « Arrêter l'hémorragie » dont l'objectif est de mettre fin aux flux financiers illicites en provenance d'Afrique et estimés à environ 50 milliards de dollars chaque année, ce qui est une perte considérable à laquelle nous devons remédier.
Enfin, au mois de juillet, le Réseau philanthropique africain s'est réuni à Arusha pour voir comment créer une synergie entre les ressources humaines, les politiques et les pratiques qui permettent aux acteurs du développement de mieux déployer les dons de la philanthropie africaine pour mieux servir au développement du continent.
Je me réjouis des progrès considérables et constants décrits dans cette édition, en espérant que vous vous en réjouirez tout autant.
Tendai Murisa
Directeur exécutif de TrustAfrica
L'Afrique renouvelle son engagement en faveur de l'enseignement supérieur
Au mois de juin 2015, lors de la 25e session de l'Assemblée générale de l'Union africaine à Johannesburg, le président sénégalais, Son Excellence Macky Sall, avait proposé l'adoption, par les Chefs d'Etat africains, de la Déclaration et du Plan d'action du Sommet sur l'enseignement supérieur en Afrique. La Déclaration et le Plan d'action sont l'aboutissement d'un sommet organisé au mois de mars à Dakar et parrainé par TrustAfrica et ses partenaires. Cliquer ici pour en savoir plus ...
Campagne contre les flux financiers illicites en provenance d'Afrique
« Arrêter l'hémorragie: Campagne pour éliminer les flux financiers illicites en provenance d'Afrique » ! C'est le nom saisissant d'une nouvelle campagne lancée au mois de juin dernier. Cette initiative, qui cherche à mettre fin à ces énormes ressources monétaires qui sortent du continent, se veut une campagne enracinée dans des expériences africaines et renforcée par des liens de solidarité avec l'Afrique partout dans le monde. Elle est mise en œuvre par TrustAfrica et un groupe d'organisations africaines de la société civile dans le but de mobiliser les étudiants et les jeunes, les syndicats et les mouvements sociaux de base en vue de faire entendre leurs voix pour le changement. Cliquer ici pour en savoir plus...
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A smallholder farmer convening on 24-25 November in Johannesburg, South Africa brought together advocates and other stakeholders engaged in policy reform in seven African countries. Entitled "Strengthening Smallholder Agriculture in Africa: Prospects for Mobilization and Advocacy", the convening was part of a multiyear partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation supporting the emergence of a strong community of advocates who will hold governments to account for better policies on smallholder agriculture. See photos.

A September 2014 conference sponsored by our grantee, Africa Legal Aid in Johannesburg examined Africa's relationship with the International Criminal Court, with a focus on lessons learned and future priorities. Speakers included Navi Pillay, former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Judge Florence Mumba, who served on the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, and Fatou Bensouda, Prosecutor of the ICC. A full report is available on AFLA's website. 
A June regional gathering at the Southern African Litigation Center addressed ways to end impunity for crimes of atrocity by strengthening domestic mechanisms for international crime. Read more about our work in international criminal justice.


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recent grants please visit our grants database.


December 2014

It is with great pleasure that I address you as TrustAfrica's new executive director, having received the baton, so to speak, from Akwasi Aidoo at the start of October. I begin with a tremendous sense of optimism, based on the great energy and passion with which our partners are advancing good governance and equitable development on our continent. I look forward to working with you to realize our vision over the coming weeks, months and years. 


There is much news to share with you, but we start with a gathering we hosted to honor the truly remarkable Akwasi on his departure.


With warm regards,


Tendai Murisa

Executive Director



p.s. If you have missed it, I invite you to read Alliance Magazine's recent interview with Akwasi and myself.


Philanthropy Convening Honors Akwasi Aidoo  
Akwasi Aidoo, founding executive director of TrustAfrica

NGO and academic leaders from across the continent joined us on 30 September to discuss African philanthropy, a field to which Akwasi Aidoo has made an immense contribution. We addressed such issues as what it would mean to have more African resources in play and what would it take for African philanthropy to be more rooted in communities. In a closing talk, Akwasi shared a vision in which the field takes up a "transformative agenda" that addresses systemic injustice. He strongly endorsed support for people and organizations involved in arts and culture, quoting Nigerian author Chris Abani in calling them our "curators of humanity." Watch excerpts of Akwasi's talk.

Tendai Murisa and Yao Graham discuss how philanthropy can address systemic issues.
Briggs Bomba and Coumba Toure assess 15 years of African philanthropy.




Curbing Illicit Financial Flows out of Africa

In August, members of civil society from Southern Africa came together in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe to map out ways to stop illicit financial flows out of Africa. Recognizing that IFFs are a major obstacle to inclusive development, we are working with allies across the continent and in partnership with the Ford Foundation to advocate for effective policies. We have supported similar convenings in Nairobi, Abuja, and Johannesburg. In order to help fill knowledge gaps, we have teamed up with the Southern Africa Research and Documentation Centre to launch the IFF database which features more than 200 documents and 50 experts. Coming up: TrustAfrica and partners will launch a global Stop the Bleeding campaign to build mass momentum to curb illicit financial flows.


Understanding Africa's Wealthy Givers

UBS and TrustAfrica have just released a new report that draws on a survey of nearly 100 African philanthropists as well as interviews with a number of experts. Africa's Wealthy Give Back offers insight into donors' motivations and the source and scope of their giving. It also reveals the unique nature of African philanthropy, which has seen tremendous growth in the past 15 years. Recommendations include: sharing best practice through networks tailored to the African context; developing regulations to encourage increased giving; and moving toward more strategic philanthropy and impact measurement. These are solid recommendations that can strengthen the field, ensuring that it plays a key role in our continent's development. Read the report.


TrustAfrica Joins Coalition to Fight Ebola

TrustAfrica has joined Africa Responds, a coalition of African and diaspora organizations raising funds to fight Ebola at the grassroots level, where resources are urgently needed. The coalition also seeks to foster accurate information and nuanced dialogue which can be lost in an atmosphere of fear. Funds raised will provide more protective equipment and healthcare supplies, help raise awareness and support individuals who are infected and their families.  #UnitedAgainstEbola  #AfricaResponds


A Warm Welcome

We extend a warm welcome to our new board members, Assefa Bequele, economist, expert on child rights and executive director of the African Child Policy Forum in Ethiopia, and Karim Tazi, a leading private sector entrepreneur who heads the Richbond Group in Morocco. Read more about our board.


We are pleased to announce that Nadia Ahidjo has joined the programme team, Fatoumata Sall has joined as webmaster and Briggs Bomba now directs our programme on illicit financial flows. Read more about our staff.


An Invitation

At TrustAfrica, we believe that Africans must set the agenda for--and lead--our continent's transformation. As an independent foundation, we are made stronger and more able to deliver on our mission with your support. We warmly invite you to make a donation today. We thank you.


Contributions to TrustAfrica, a 501(c)(3) organization that has earned the GuideStar Exchange Seal, are tax deductible in the United States to the full extent allowed by law. Please consider making a donation today to qualify for a tax deduction this calendar year.

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Second Annual African Grantmakers Conference Highlights Growing Interest


hat's New, What's Now, What's Next, Growing African Philanthropy" a three-day conference sponsored by the African Grantmaker's Network (AGN) was a terrific opportunity to participate in an exciting dialogue on the latest developments happening in philanthropy on the continent. Moderated by the formidable Deprose Muchena from OSISA, one session moved seamlessly into the next as attendees listened to keen insights provided by a wide range of luminaries, networked with nearly 400 guests, and nibbled on a variety of tasty dishes, all the while enjoying the wide-open spaces of the ultra-modern Turbine Hall in Johannesburg, South Africa.

The second annual AGN Assembly kicked off with welcome remarks by Janet Mawiyoo, AGN Chairperson and Executive Director of the Kenya Community Development Foundation. Participants were then treated to two surprise guests, H.E. Bongi Ngema, current First Lady of South Africa and H.E. Graca Machel, political activist and former First Lady of South Africa and Mozambique. Dr. Machel made a number of thought-provoking statements about the nature of philanthropy in Africa, including "Philanthropy starts in Africa with an idea and ends with a search for money, elsewhere it is the reverse." She urged philanthropists to "build a chain of solidarity with those we serve" and reminded them of the example of churches whose sustainability is through solidarity, even if they go through long periods without money.

After Dr. Machel departed, the morning plenary session started. Plenary discussions each day focused on the issues raised by the conference title. Topics for parallel sessions in the afternoons ranged from celebrity philanthropy in Africa to philanthropy's role in shifting power from North to South. Other high-level guests included Joaquim Chissano (Former President of Mozambique), Mamphela Ramphele (academic and former anti-apartheid activist), and Jay Naidoo (Actvist and Chair, Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN)). The final day of the conference, The Zimbabwe Alliance, a project funded through a number of donors including TrustAfrica, gave a presentation on its activities and the challenges and opportunities the project faces.

Guests were invited to attend two separate awards ceremonies on consecutive evenings. The first, the Inyathelo Philanthropy Awards, honored several selfless South Africans and announced the 2012 AGN Philanthropy awardwinner, Mrs. Marwa El Daly, Founder and Chairperson of the Maadi Community Foundation in Egypt. The second night, guests were invited to the Drivers of Change Awards gala dinner, hosted by the Southern African Trust and the Mail & Guardian newspaper.

AGN is a Pan-African group comprising grantmaking organizations who work to strengthen the objective of African philanthropy on the continent.   TrustAfrica is the current secretariat for the AGN. To learn more, kindly access the conference Twitter feed at #AGN or #AfricanGrantmakers or visit our photo gallery on Picasa.

A Critical Look at Social Justice Philanthropy in Africa and in the Arab Region

Immediately preceding the AGN conference, TrustAfrica, the Philanthropy for Social Justice and Peace Working Group and the AGN, in collaboration with the Arab Foundations Forum and the Global Fund for Community Foundations, brought together a small group of individuals from across the continent to begin a collective discussion on how to advance debate, build a body of knowledge, inform good practice and strengthen the impact of social justice philanthropy in Africa and in the Arab region. While definitions and understandings vary, broadly speaking "social justice philanthropy" refers to philanthropy that addresses the drivers underlying social, economic and political inequalities.


As the first convening on the continent focused specifically on this topic, it was no surprise that during the one and half days, challenging and complex discussions arose. Participants addressed issues ranging from how to define and understand social justice philanthropy in terms of movement building, to the nature of the risks taken; from examining issues of resource governance and redefining the meaning of enabling giving environments, to making hard choices about what money should or should not be accepted; from sharing experiences around civic action in enabling or oppressive environments, to how to manage power with various constituencies; and the disconnect between policy makers, donors and academia. These and other issues brought about critical reflection of the role philanthropy does, and should, play in developing a more just society.


The convening closed with a strong sense of energy and commitment to continue the self-examination it started. While this convening began as a small focused conversation, it is seen as the first of a series of discussions; and subsequent steps will seek to broaden and deepen the opportunities for such discussions.

Convenings in Several Target Countries Engage Networks, Reveal Gaps

The Higher Education Policy Dialogues have been making their way around the continent! In the last several months of 2012, the Higher Education program held meetings with local and state actors in Uganda, Tanzania and Nigeria. The dialogues are part of the core strategy of the program to promote transformation in higher education, which is critical to secure the conditions for democracy and equitable development in Africa.  


In each of the four target countries (including Ghana), TrustAfrica has aligned itself with government officials, heads of institutions, umbrella bodies of vice chancellors, seasoned academics and development actors to strengthen networks and develop relevant and effective policies that will encourage positive growth in the sector. In collaboration with its local partners, namely Committee of Vice Chancellors (Nigeria), Uganda Vice Chancellors Forum (Uganda) and Committee of Vice Chancellors and Principals of Tanzania, it has held national policy dialogues during which it showcased the findings of its scoping studies and share this information with critical audiences.  


These convenings have provided an opportunity for local actors to augment their agendas with a discussion around a broader range of critical education policy issues. Often, the gatherings have attracted the participation of heads of education ministries (including cabinet ministers), senior officials of other government ministries, parliamentarians and representatives of the private sector, in addition to the academic communities.


The dialogues have also unearthed some critical issues that need to be addressed; for example, in Nigeria, the dialogues generated some controversy when it was revealed that Nigerian students spend nearly $500 million a year to study abroad, rather than staying in their home country. In Tanzania, the Education and Vocational Training Minister stated that higher education would be the engine that will drive the country towards its goals, as defined by the nation's Vision 2025.


The Higher Education Policy Dialogues employ a variety of strategies to address the unique challenges facing higher education on the continent today. The program hopes to sustain the policy dialogues it has started as a means to improve conditions in areas such as governance, financing, collaboration, ethics and standards, research, planning, postgraduate training, and many more. The networks that have been formed are being encouraged to continue to push for reforms of the higher education sector in their respective countries and across the continent.


For more information on the dialogues, including discussion papers, podcasts and videos, please visit our Website at http://bit.ly/SjKsGT and click on the Conferences and Dialogues link on the lefthand side.

Activities are Underway to Shape the Country's Future

The government is taking steps to move the country forward in Liberia. Recently, a group of engaged stakeholders gathered to discuss the President's Vision 2030 Liberia Rising Project, a process whereby local Liberians were provided an opportunity to participate in determining the country's future through a series of meetings around the country, attended by HE President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. Ezekiel Pajibo, Project Director for the Liberia Civil Society Initiative was invited to participate in the process. Last month, the discussions culminated in the President's office releasing a draft vision statement, produced during the National Vision Conference, convened in Gbarnga, Bong County. The statement officially ends the design phase of the Vision 2030 and declares the beginning of the operationalization and implementation of its recommendations.

In an effort to further encourage citizen participation and engagement in the exercise, the Liberia Civil Society Initiative recently awarded a $62,150 grant to the Liberian Media for Democratic Initiatives (LMDI). The grant is intended to allow LMDI to engage in a year-long series of dialogues on the Vision 2030 exercise using community outreach and media platforms to ensure the broadest possible participation and awareness by local populations. The intention is for the dialogues to be broadcast around the country.

Copies of the draft Vision statement can be found on our Website. Please scroll to the bottom of the page and click on the link.  You can access more information on grantee LMDI here.
New and Improved Materials Make Information Easier to Access and Understand

TrustAfrica is undergoing a facelift to improve its grants and communications materials. In an effort to ensure ease of use, greater understanding, and increased accountability, we have redesigned several key components of our grants templates, Website and Annual Report.


The Grants Department has been working for several months to improve the documents needed to apply for a grant from TrustAfrica. After reaching out to several stakeholders and incorporating their feedback, the newly designed templates, which are bi-lingual (English and French) will allow TrustAfrica to better assess the impact its grantees are having in their specialty areas. These information sheets, application forms and budget documents are designed to provide all the relevant information from grantees to best make an assessment of their potential viability as a TrustAfrica grant recipient. In addition, they ensure that TrustAfrica is able to meet its own transparency and accountability objectives as a grantmaking organization. The new templates are already in use and garnering great feedback from our grantee organizations.


In addition, our Website is being upgraded to accommodate all the growth that has taken place in our organization over the last several years. The new site will feature searchable grants and publications databases, an easy to navigate interface and lots more opportunities to better understand the important work our grantees are doing. We are also taking this opportunity to transition into an online annual report that will be more interactive and provide a quick snapshot of the successes and challenges we have faced over the last fiscal year.


We are excited about the many changes and hope you will be, too! 


Meet Our Newest Staff Members

Lyne Mendy, Operations Manager
Ms. Mendy joined us in June 2012. She became part of the permanent staff after working as a consultant for three months. She previously worked at the Ministry of Institutional Relations and at the Ministry of Social Action and National Solidarity in Senegal. Ms. Mendy has also worked in the healthcare industry as a Financial Specialist at Theracom, a CVS Caremark Company and as a Patient's Accountant at Suburban Hospital in the United States. She is a certified translator and holds a degree in Business Administration. She is fluent in English and French.
Jeanne Elone, Program Officer, International Criminal Justice
Ms. Elone rejoins TrustAfrica as Program Officer for the International Criminal Justice fund. Previously, Ms. Elone coordinated research on North African civil society, examining the role of civil society in the political transformations that shook region in 2011 as well as analyzing the legal and regulatory environment in which these groups operate. She also worked with the ICBE Research Fund and managed grant-making in TrustAfrica's three core programs. Ms. Elone has lived in Cameroon, Burkina Faso, France, and the United States, working on a range of issues from fair trade and agricultural subsidies to human rights to development finance. She studied at Columbia University in New York and at the National Institute for Political Science in Paris and is currently pursuing a doctorate at the School for Advanced International Studies (Johns Hopkins University) in Washington, D.C. She is bilingual in French and English.
Angela Naggaga, Project Director, International Criminal Justice Project
Angela Naggaga joined us in December 2012. She previously worked for over six years as Deputy Director of the Institute for Human Rights and Development in Africa (IHRDA), a pan-African NGO based in the Gambia focusing on using African Union human rights treaties and mechanisms to advance human rights in Africa. Prior to joining IHRDA, Angela was an Assistant Lecturer at the faculty of law of Makerere University in Uganda (four years), and also served as Senior Legal Officer of the faculty's Refugee Law Project providing legal aid to refugees and asylum seekers (five years). Ms. Naggaga has a Bachelor of Laws degree from Makerere University, and a Master of Law from Cambridge University in the United Kingdom. She is fluent in English and is working on her French.

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