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“to foster cultural and technological innovation for underserved communities throughout the world, and enhance the public’s ethical approach to developing, adopting, and sharing such innovation”

The Trust in Quality of Innovation

Overview

The Trust in the Quality of Cultural and Technological Innovation was established to foster innovation in culture and technology for underserved communities throughout the world, and to also enhance the public’s understanding of ethical approaches to developing, adopting, and sharing such innovation, including their ability to help with or advocate reasonable regulation.

Effective and Ethical Innovation

The Trust is primarily interested in conducting work and supporting recipients who successfully do both of the above simultaneously. For the aim here is not simply an increase in effective innovation in and for Africa, its global diasporas, and structurally related communities. It is also an increasingly robust ethics regarding the quality, need, influence, and regulation of any given innovation, produced for and deployed in said communities.

Histories of Technological Advancement

Such coupled emphasis is in keeping with the Trust’s concern regarding ongoing, global histories of technological advancement that have benefited the few, often located outside the aforementioned communities.

A Future of Equitable and Humane Innovation

It is also in keeping with the Trust’s intention to work toward a possible future where the costs and benefits of innovation are more equitable, humane and transformative.

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 Quality of Cultural and Technological Innovation 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

Child Looking Up Among Adult Celebrants
Child at Ceremony, Ikorodu, Nigeria, 2016 (Oshomah Abubakar)
Boy Smiling While Showing Hand String Game
Boy Playing Hand Game, 2017 (Alexander Radelich)
Child in Costume Looking at Camera
Niño, Cusco, Peru, 2018 (Ben Ostrower)
Tatooed Map on Outstretched Arm
Map on Arm, Dayton, US, 2017 (Don Ross III)
Woman with Arm on Head, Smiling
Woman in Joy, Kolkota, India, 2017 (Loren Joseph)
Boy Among Chidlren in Class, Looking at Camera
Children in Classroom, Nakasaki District, Kampala, Uganda, 2017 (Bill Wegener)
Woman Seated on Mat on Floor, Holding Fan
Seated by Kpone Katamanso District Assembly Office, Tema, Ghana, 2017 (Nathaniel Tetteh)
Girl Kneeling in Busy Street
Tibetan Girl, 2017 (Journey Yang)

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 Innovation

The Distribution in Innovation

The Report on Public Innovation

The Report on Public Innovation

The Fellowship in Public Innovation

The Fellowship in Public Innovation

The Grant in Public Innovation

The Grant in Public Innovation

The Newsletter on Innovation

The Newsletter on Innovation

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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