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Shaping the Future We Want Through Pan-African Collaboration

When TrustAfrica was founded in 2006 our mandate was to mobilize and channel substantive resources to stand behind African actors and organizations to enable them to respond to the most pressing challenges facing the continent. Bringing together some of the leading Pan-African thought leaders and practitioners in the Board and through the executive leadership, TrustAfrica has been committed to a strategy of collective impact focusing on nurturing and encouraging collaboration in every intervention across programs. This edition of our newsletter will focus on this collective impact strategy and how we are witnessing outsized impact by working collaboratively trans-locally, nationally and at the Pan-African level. Read more in this newsletter to find out how this translates across our three strategic priority areas of Equitable Development, Democratic Governance and African Philanthropy as a means of defending the key questions facing the continent: Accountability, Equity and Justice. If you haven’t had a chance yet, don’t forget to check out our Shaping the Future We Want for Africa Strategy 2020-2024.

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The Covid-19 pandemic exposed, at a global level, the abnormalcy of prevailing social, economic and political systems – particularly their failure to protect the most vulnerable. At TrustAfrica, we are clear that there is no going back to the old normal. Accordingly, our current focus is on building forward better. We need new models across our economic, social and political systems that will protect the most marginalized and work for everyone. Earlier this month we concluded our strategic retreat, where we reaffirmed the theme of our strategic plan for the period 2020-2024 as Shaping the Future we Want for Africa!

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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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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.

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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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