On the Trust

The Trust on Contributions to Public Knowledge was established to help ensure that those dedicating their lives to the pursuit of enhanced public knowledge, especially in the service of underserved communities, have the means to do so to the best of their abilities. The Trust is acutely aware of the often difficult conditions for public intellectual work in Africa and in much of its global diasporas, as well as the comparatively inadequate support for institutions that are essential to facilitating such activity. These conditions are often as linked to global histories of knowledge production as they are to present economic, political and cultural impediments to the revealing analysis of Africa and its diasporas, and of the world’s most regularly underserved, disenfranchised, and marginalized communities. The Trust is therefore especially attuned to the place, function, and status of studying certain regions, problems, and questions in service of the public interest, with a central mission to improve their range, rigor, depth, and quality in future contributions to local and global knowledge.


The Trust’s Finances


The Trust on Contributions to Public Knowledge was established as part of the Declaration of Trust of the Chinyere and Chinelo Ikoku Charitable Trusts, and is subject to the general fiduciary responsibilities outlined in the Declaration.

These 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, with no less than half of such annual spending dedicated to work on continental Africa.

It is also expected that spending be overwhelmingly dedicated to directly benefiting low-income communities and individuals. 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.


The Trust’s Projects (Actual and Proposed)

The Database for Public Knowledge

The Report on Public Knowledge

The Fellowship in Public Knowledge

The Grant in Public Knowledge

The Newsletter on Public Knowledge