Claiming Agency: Reflecting on TrustAfrica's First Decade by Halima MahomedClaiming Agency: Reflecting on TrustAfrica's First Decade by Halima Mahomed

Claiming Agency: Reflecting on TrustAfrica's First Decade

EditorHalima Mahomed, Elizabeth Coleman

Paperback | October 6, 2016

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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.

Halima Mahomed is an independent consultant whose work focuses on research and advocacy to strengthen the narrative, knowledge, practice and impact of African philanthropy. Over the last 15 years she has been closely affiliated with, amongst others, the Ford Foundation, TrustAfrica and the Global Fund for Community Foundations. She is ...
Title:Claiming Agency: Reflecting on TrustAfrica's First DecadeFormat:PaperbackDimensions:156 pages, 9 X 6 X 0.33 inPublished:October 6, 2016Publisher:African Books CollectiveLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1779223013

ISBN - 13:9781779223012

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Table of Contents

1. African Agency at Work 2. How to Make Societies Thrive: The role of African philanthropy in creating agency 3. African Agency in Contested Contexts: A reflection on TrustAfrica''s work in international criminal justice 4. A Grounded Approach to Philanthropy: Strengthening civil society in Liberia and Zimbabwe 5. Movement Building to Promote African Voices: TrustAfrica''s support to stop illicit financial flows from Africa 6. Opening up the Policy Process: TrustAfrica''s work to include the voices of smallholder farmers 7. Resourcing Women''s Rights in Francophone Africa 8. Re-imagining Agency in Africa

Editorial Reviews

Claiming Agency is relevant to all those who practice philanthropy on our continent, especially those intent on ensuring that people have a say in the decisions that shape their lives. Undoubtedly, the most redeeming and enduring change in the lives of people, communities and societies is what comes from within. - Akwasi Aidoo "Just as important as TrustAfrica''s use of philanthropic resources to advance African agendas and agency, has been its harnessing of African intellectual and human resources to raise the profile of African experience and innovation in philanthropy for social change and justice. - Theo Sowa "A robust, confident and independent African civil society will be a principal ingredient of the Africa rising narrative and Claiming Agency is essential reading for anyone interested in the pivotal role of African philanthropy in the years ahead. - Gerry Salole