Grantee Profile


Grants to TrustAfrica

  • $400,000Active Strategy

    2015 (Duration 1 year, 6 months)

    Human Rights

    DAKAR, SENEGAL — Trust Africa is an African intermediary foundation focused on three areas: securing conditions for democracy; fostering African enterprise and shared prosperity; and cultivating African resources for democracy. In 2012, initiated by MacArthur, and in partnership with six donors, Trust Africa established the Criminal Justice Fund for Africa to strengthen the capacity of local civil society organizations to combat impunity through concerted advocacy for domestic accountability mechanisms, more effective engagement with regional and international processes, and improved knowledge and understanding of criminal justice issues, especially accountability for mass atrocities. The Fund’s objectives in this grant period center on improving and strengthening the capacity of local civil society organizations to engage in policy development and implementation at the regional and continental level, particularly with the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the African Union (AU). 

  • $2,000,000Active Strategy

    2015 (Duration 2 years)

    On Nigeria

    DAKAR, SENEGAL — Trust Africa: The MacArthur, Ford, and the Open Society Foundations have come together to establish the Anti-Corruption and Criminal Justice Reform Fund, to support early efforts by the new government in these two areas. The recent inauguration of the Presidential Advisory Committee on Anti-Corruption, supported by the Fund, is a major part of the government’s anti-corruption program.

  • $900,000Active Strategy

    2012 (Inactive Grant)

    Human Rights

    DAKAR, SENEGAL — The grant will help establish The Fund to Advance International Criminal Justice in Africa. Activities will include building and implementing an advocacy and grantmaking strategy that supports African CSOs working to advance accountability for international crimes through activities at the national, regional, and international levels.

  • $100,000Active Strategy

    2011 (Inactive Grant)

    Human Rights

    DAKAR, SENEGAL — To convene a civil society strategy planning meeting to advance African Union support of accountability for international crimes.

  • $74,000Active Strategy

    2006 (Inactive Grant)

    Human Rights

    DAKAR, SENEGAL — In support of a survey of issues, opportunities, and strategies for supporting African regional organizations.

The MacArthur Foundation awarded TrustAfrica $3,474,000 between 1978 and 2017.

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