USA for Africa is a Los Angeles, California based Foundation, created in 1985 to distribute funds raised from the historic recording of the song, “We Are The World”.   Inspired by Harry Belafonte, over 40 US artists came together to record “We Are The World” in an effort to do their part to help the victims of the 1984/85 famine that was gripping Africa.  Our Mission: To demonstrate the power and importance of individual participation and collective action in solving the problems of our time. To date, USAforAfrica has raised over $63 million; and has distributed over $63 million to over 1,000 projects and programs located in various countries in Africa; implemented by African, US, European and Canadian Africa focused organizations, including the United Nations.  USAforAfrica has funded the following Types of Projects/Programs Funded: Emergency Relief; Recovery & development; Health/Medical; Agricultural; Water/Wells Education/Training; Women in Development; HIV/Aids/Malaria; Revolving Loans/Micro-credit; and Capacity Building/Brock Grants. The current funding programs that is being extended is “by invitation only” Request for Proposal (RFP) that is targeting Increasing Community Responses to Climate Change in Africa.

TrustAfrica seeks to strengthen African initiatives that address the most difficult challenges confronting the continent. We currently focus on three critical areas:

  • Securing the conditions for democracy ;
  •  Fostering African enterprise and achieving broadly shared prosperity ; and
  •  Cultivating African resources for democracy and development.

TrustAfrica works principally through collaboration and partnership with like-minded institutions and donors. As a catalyst and convener, we are committed to generating and testing new ideas. We also strive to practice good governance and promote it among our grantees. First known as the Special Initiative for Africa, TrustAfrica began in 2001 under the aegis of the Ford Foundation. Our premise was that Africans need a greater voice in the international donor community as well as philanthropic resources that Africans control. In 2006 TrustAfrica became a truly African foundation with the opening of our new headquarters in Dakar, Senegal. The Ford Foundation continues to provide support, but we are now an independent organization governed solely by Africans.

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