Tax Justice Network Africa: 10 years!
The Global Alliance for Tax Justice is thrilled to accompany Tax Justice Network Africa's tenth-year anniversary celebrations!
TJN-A is animating the Pan-African fight for #TaxJustice with devoted partners and 26 members in the region, since Nairobi, Kenya where the network is holding a true anniversary week.
After actualizing its logo, TJN-A published a manifesto on the occasion, recalling: “Tax justice has been increasingly incorporated into the development debate in Africa and is receiving great attention in the discussion about financing for development beyond 2015, as set by the MDGs. 2015 was a landmark year for the African continent with the adoption by African Heads of States and Government of the report by the High Level Panel on Illicit Financial Flows from Africa in January 2015”.
“Since the coming together of the great minds who conceptualised TJNA in 2007, the work of the Network has evolved from convening and coordinating to more research- based advocacy and capacity building. Established following the 2007 World Social Forum the decade has seen the organisation grow in leaps, transforming from a one-man show to a network of 31 organisations across 16 countries in Africa. The Nairobi- based Secretariat has also grown to comprise 16 staff drawn from different nationalities from across the continent".
Key moments for TJNA in its first decade include (among others):
- The Nairobi Declaration on Taxation and Development 2010 that articulate TJNA’s as well as like- minded organisations on the role of taxation in achieving equitable and sustainable development for Africa.
- The Launch of the “Stop the Bleeding Campaign” in 2015, an African campaign against the loss of financial resources though Illicit Financial Flows.
- The UNCTAD XIV CSO Forum Declaration crafted by TJNA and partners following the successful hosting of the CSO forum during the 14th session of the UNCTAD Ministerial Meetings”.
Tax Justice Network Africa is organizing this week’s celebrations in three key moments:
- First, a two-days training for Pan-African parliamentarians on #TaxJustice.
See below the beautiful group portrait:
The parliamentarians training received a broad media coverage:
- Secondly, the 5th Pan-Africa Conference on Illicit FInancial Flows and Tax is organized with the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) and in Partnership with the Independent Commission for the Reforms International Corporate Taxation (ICRICT), the Tax Justice Network (TJN), the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung Foundation (FES) and the Global Alliance for Tax Justice (GATJ)
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On this occasion, Léonce Ndikumana, a Burundian Professor of economics at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and a member of ICRICT published an op-ed in the Belgium newspaper Le Soir de Belgique:
- Lastly, a one-day anniversary celebration titled Development Forgone: Tackling the Haemorrhaging of Public Money in Africa on October 13th
TJN-A presents the objectives of the tenth-year anniversary celebrations as:
- To showcase the evolution of the tax justice movement in Africa over the past 10 years through a photographic exhibition and publications display and dissemination.
- To evaluate TJNA’s achievements by engaging our member and partner organisations in journey reflections over the decade.
- To provide a platform for key stakeholders to reflect on past successes in tax justice advocacy in Africa and map out existing policy opportunities for tax justice within the broader context of financing Africa’s development agenda.