In last year’s editions of our newsletter, we introduced you to our three pillars of work around democracy and governance, equitable development, and African philanthropy. This year, we are looking forward to introducing you to the core strategies we use in delivering our work namely, grantmaking, African knowledge and research generation, capacity strengthening, and movement building.
Since its birth in 2006 TrustAfrica has prioritized movement building as one of its primary strategies. In a sense, you could even say that the story of TrustAfrica emanated from a movement building process. For those who are unfamiliar with our history, TrustAfrica was born out of a movement by eminent African leaders within the Ford Foundation system who invited Ford Foundation to trust Africans to identify the most pressing challenges facing our continent, and to provide significant resources which could be channeled to proximate change agents on the continent. Ford Foundation decided to provide an endowment towards the establishment of an African-led foundation rather than setting up more Ford offices on the continent. This movement of African leaders around the agency of Africans remains at the core of everything we do to promote responsible citizenship and accountable leadership in addressing Africa’s most pressing challenges
At TrustAfrica, we are aware of the fact that discrimination based on work and descent (DWD) is estimated to affect over 260 million people worldwide, in Africa, Asia, Europe, South America, and North America. In West African countries such as Mali, Mauritania, and Niger, this type of discrimination affects communities of ethnic minorities who are considered to be descendants of slaves. To address this issue TrustAfrica, in line with its strategic plan, in collaboration with other development organizations, met in Dakar in 2019 to address the issue of DWD and slavery and to create The African Network of Communities Discriminated Based on Work and Descent and against Slavery (ANDS). Since its creation, the Network has made significant progress in addressing discrimination in several African countries. The Network has also joined the Global Forum of Communities Discriminated on Work and Descent (GFDWD) to address the issue globally. “TrustAfrica hosts the Secretariat of the Network at its Headquarters in Dakar”. Organizations that are members of the Network thought it would be good to meet in Dakar to discuss about their strategies.
TrustAfrica, through its project “West African Philanthropy Support Ecosystem,” contributes to building a movement of philanthropic actors to strengthen the Philanthropy Support Ecosystem in West Africa. This project is a collaboration with WINGS that aims to engage philanthropy networks, support organizations, funders, and other relevant stakeholders from a set of West African Countries to identify the challenges and opportunities for developing a robust support ecosystem for giving and philanthropy in the region and to build a roadmap for self-owned and sustainable regional philanthropy development. The project is informed through participatory processes involving the establishment of a Steering Committee of philanthropy support organizations as well as research and consultations with the field.
The Inclusivity Project, resourcing the Global Forum of Communities Discriminated on Work and Descent (GFOD) and the African Network on Discrimination based on Work, Descent and Contemporary Slavery (ANDS) are looking for a highly motivated bilingual (English and French) individual from the African continent to become part of our team.
The full-time role (with the possibility to be part time) is remote and requires occasional international travel.
Women, youth and other underrepresented and marginalized groups are highly encouraged to apply.
|Download the call for proposal in PDF|
Closing date: Friday 25 March 2022 at 1700 GMT
TrustAfrica is pleased to announce a new grant making initiative invites applications from suitably qualified organisations in Ethiopia, Kenya, Nigeria, and Burkina Faso to apply for capacity and core operational support grants under its “African Civil Society Support Initiative.”
This initiative seeks to provide core operational support for civil society organisations demonstrating a good record of accomplishment, especially in relation to policy advocacy and in elevating women’s voices on health and development concerns in Africa. Recognising the need for strong organisational capacity and for flexibility to deliver stellar programs and campaigns, we are proud to provide through this subaward mechanism, an ecosystem of support to promising and agile civil society organizations to sustain their operations, retain key staff, and to strengthen leadership and mission focus, administrative and management capacity, and financial stability. Civil society organisations working to advance gender justice, financial inclusion, and equitable health delivery across the continent should apply. We trust in a strong civil society that underpins a holistic space for diverse efforts which build trust and accountability between citizens and their institutions. To do that effectively, we believe this support will help civil society be more resilient, nimble, and durable.
TrustAfrica is pleased to join the Senegalese Social Forum, Africans Rising”, CONGAD and other organisations to co-organize the Alternative World Water Forum (FAME) which will take place in Dakar from 21 to 26 March 2022, at CICES. During this alternative meeting, which will be held at the same time as the World Water Forum, TrustAfrica will have the pleasure of organizing panels and roundtables on issues related to access to water for the most vulnerable layers of Africa and elsewhere.
From communities discriminated against on the basis of ancestry to women who are victims of inequality, we will look at all the difficulties they have in accessing safe drinking water. The forum will look at agrarian issues and its corollary of injustice and inequality.
TrustAfrica and its partners welcome you to Dakar and advise you to consult this page for more information about the Alternative World Forum on Water and other activities that will take place during the Forum.