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Title Claiming agency : reflecting on TrustAfrica's first decade / edited by Halima Mahomed and Elizabeth Coleman
Published Senegal ; Harare, Zimbabwe : TrustAfrica ; Harare, Zimbabwe : Weaver Press, 2016


Description 1 online resource (xi, 143 pages)
Contents 1. African Agency at Work; Halima Mahomed and Elizabeth Coleman; Why this book now?; A different kind of philanthropy; Power, agency and African money; What does African agency look like?; A seat at the table; References; 2. How To Make Societies Thrive: The role of African Philanthropy; Introduction; Local agency and African philanthropy frame; State of philanthropy in Africa and African philanthropy; Social cohesion and individual empowerment; Civil society strengthening and movement building
Government and philanthropy nexus; Wither African philanthropy?; References; 3. African Agency in Contested Contexts: A reflection on Trust Africa's work in internationalcriminal justice; Introduction; A history of the notion of African agency; African agency as improving the lot of Africans; Beyond responsibility: African agency as accountability; African agency without African money?; An overview of the ICJ Fund; A fiery baptism in 2012; Scoping studies as knowledge from the periphery; Principles of a nuanced and evolving grants policy; Peer learning; The basket fund principle
Certain attributes of the ICJ Fund; African identity versus African money; Bridging NGO-academy, NGO-state dichotomies; Opportunities for the future; Conclusion; References; 4. A Grounded Approach to Philanthropy: Strengthening civil society in Liberia and Zimbabwe; Introduction; The Liberian Civil Society Initiative; The Zimbabwe Alliance; Process is critical to impact: The value add of the Liberian Civil Society Initiative and the Zimbabwe Alliance; Critical challenges and recommendations; Concluding remarks
5. Movement Building to Promote African Voices: Trust Africa's support to stop illicit financial flows from Africa; Introduction; A conceptual look at illicit financial flows; Exposing the rot: the emergence of a movement; Strengthening the African knowledge base; Challenging dominant narratives; Convening dialogues and connecting different actors; Citizen mobilisation and policymaker engagement; Reflections on missed opportunities; Conclusion; References; 6. Opening up the Policy Process: TrustAfrica's work to include the voices of smallholder farmers; Introduction; Agency in agriculture
TrustAfrica's work in agricultural advocacy; Challenges and lessons learnt; Towards an effective framework for agriculture policy advocacy; Conclusions; References; 7. Resourcing Women's Rights in Francophone Africa; Introduction; Conceptual framework; The MDG3 Fund; Enhancing women's dignity: An analysis; Conclusion; References; 8. Re-imagining Agency in Africa; Introduction; Significance of the winds of change; TrustAfrica: catalysing agency; Catalysing agency for democracy and inclusive socio-economic systems; Our partnerships on the continent
Summary Claiming Agency : Reflecting on TrustAfrica's First Decade takes an in-depth look at an African-led foundation that set out to do things differently. Founded in 2006, when solutions to Africa's challenges were often developed outside its borders, TrustAfrica sought to practice a kind of philanthropy that both benefits Africans and actively supports their agency. Now, at the ten-year mark, the book asks, what does this kind of philanthropy make a difference? If so, how? What are its unique ways of working? The answers are found in chapters that reflect on how TrustAfrica and its partners advanced a range of issues - from women's rights, small-holder agriculture, and democratic reform in Liberia and Zimbabwe to international criminal justice and illicit financial flows. In a clear-eyed look at money and power, the authors observe that donor funds all too often come with strings that constrict African agency - and recommend ways in which donors from Africa and the global north can foster independent action and strengthen movements for change
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references
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Subject Humanitarian assistance.
Philanthropists -- Africa
Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
SOCIAL SCIENCE -- Philanthropy & Charity.
Humanitarian assistance
Form Electronic book
Author Mahomed, Halima, editor.
Coleman, Elizabeth, Independent consultant, editor.
ISBN 1779223021