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“to foster conditions that best enable underrepresented communities throughout the world, and their full array of civic persons, to participate more equitably in their governance”

The Trust in Civic Society and Governance

Overview

The Trust in Civic Society and Governance was established to foster conditions that best enable underrepresented communities throughout the world, and their full array of civic persons, to participate more equitably in their governance.

On Fundamentals of Civic Society

The primary focus of the Trust is less on specific party or policy outcomes from political participation, debate, and governance than on the sound fundamentals of such civic activities, and on the practices that have perennially diminished the ability of persons to engage equitably.

A Geographic Focus that Extends

As with all the Trusts, there is a substantive focus on Africa and its global diasporas, but precisely with wider impediments to ethical governance in mind. Including those to be found in often structurally related settings that continue to produce global patterns of de jure and de facto underrepresentation.

Reducing Global Differences

In this way, the work and support of the Trust shall continue to function as direct attempts to reduce perennial differences in ethical, civic participation, within and across local and global communities, and thus be of direct benefit to the most regularly underserved, marginalized, and disenfranchised of the world’s communities.

Boy Among Chidlren in Class, Looking at Camera
Children in Classroom, Nakasaki District, Kampala, Uganda, 2017 (Bill Wegener)

The Trust’s Finances

Overview

The Trust in Ethics of Civic Society and Governance was established as part of the Declaration of Trust of the Chinyere and Chinelo Ikoku Charitable Trusts. It is therefore subject to the general fiduciary responsibilities outlined in the founding Declaration.

Annual Spending

These responsibilities include stipulations that limit appropriated spending in any given year to no more than 5% of the three-year average market value of the Trust’s current principal.

Appropriated Spending I

The Declaration also stipulates that no less than half of such annual spending be dedicated to work on continental Africa.

Appropriated Spending II

It is also expected that such annual spending be overwhelmingly dedicated (greater than 75%) to being of direct benefit to low-income communities and individuals.

To Fund in Perpetuity

Such stipulations are in line with best practices to ensure that the Trust continues to exist in perpetuity and that it continues to have assets to carry out its charitable purposes during that time.

Reports: In Charts and Numbers

Reports: In Charts and Numbers

Hands Raised in a Crowd
Hands Raised, Avel Chuklanov, 2015
Woman with Arm on Head, Smiling
Woman in Joy, Kolkota, India, 2017 (Loren Joseph)
Liberia, March 2019 (Adrianna Van Groningen)
Liberia, March 2019 (Adrianna Van Groningen)

The Trust’s Works

Overview

Provided below is access to further information regarding good works conceived and funded under the rubric of this Trust. Note that the operations of said projects are typically the purview of The Ikoku Foundations, and so the links will often guide you to their sites.

The Database on Governance, Oversight and Voting

The Distribution in Governance, Oversight and Voting

The Report on Civic Participation and Governance

The Report on Civic Participation and Governance

The Fellowship in Ethics of Civic Society and Governance

The Fellowship in Ethics of Civic Society and Governance

The Grant in Ethics of Civic Society and Governance

The Grant in Ethics of Civic Society and Governance

The Newsletter on Civic Society and Governance

The Newsletter on Civic Society and Governance

Child Looking Up Among Adult Celebrants
Child at Ceremony, Ikorodu, Nigeria, 2016 (Oshomah Abubakar)
Girl Kneeling in Busy Street
Tibetan Girl, 2017 (Journey Yang)
Woman Seated on Mat on Floor, Holding Fan
Seated by Kpone Katamanso District Assembly Office, Tema, Ghana, 2017 (Nathaniel Tetteh)
Child in Costume Looking at Camera
Niño, Cusco, Peru, 2018 (Ben Ostrower)

Also at The Trusts

As stated earlier, The Ikoku Charitable Trusts is dedicated to fostering philanthropy and good works concerning Africa, its global diasporas and a range of shared societies — toward the betterment of lives across the globe. And so in accordance with the above, The Trusts provides the following:

I.

A Nonprofit Dedicated to Africa

An independent, private, non-profit organization that serves the public interest in Africa and its global diasporas — by advancing education and research and by also supporting creative ideas, civic endeavors and emerging communities, organizations and societies.

II.

Support for a Global and Just Future

A founding mission and ongoing emphases of support for good works that help the public understand Africa’s essential place in a global future, one that is to be more knowledgeable, environmentally sustainable, equitable and of benefit across communities in just societies.

III.

A Vision of the Public Good

A vision of the public good that accounts for the past while ensuring a just and shared future. That draws inspiration from peoples who, despite a history of systemic difficulties, maintain an unyielding belief that the betterment of their human condition will foster the betterment of those living around them and will enhance the present and futures of the regularly disenfranchised, marginalized and underserved.

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