Civil society

ITUC-Africa Human and Trade Union Rights Network: statement on illicit financial flows

Abuja: African trade union leaders from 25 African countries gathered here in Abuja, Nigeria for the past two days (27-28 July)  to discuss some critical and urgent issues affecting workers, families and communities across Africa with the view to contribute practical suggestions to them. Some of these issues include: halting Illicit Financial Flows from Africa in the context of the quest to mobilize domestic resources to finance Africa’s structural transformation.

A call for comments: SDG business monitoring framework

The World Business Council for Sustainable Development, the UN Global Compact, and the Global Reporting Initiative are developing a business monitoring framework for the UN Sustainable Development Goals.  The second draft of SDG Compass is released for public consultation, and we very much welcome your feedback. 

African faith-based organisations urge respect for region's resources

Addis Ababa: Speaking of the African Faith Leaders’ Statement on Financing for Development, issued following a side event at the 3rd United Nations Financing for Development Conference in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, The Rev Nicta Lubaale, General Secretary of the Organisation of African Instituted Churches, said, the key message from African faith communities is “respect Africa’s resources”.

UN chief hails key role of civil society in financing future development agenda

Addis Ababa: As Member States press on with efforts to reach agreement on a plan to secure the necessary financing for sustainable development, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told civil society organizations gathered in Addis Ababa that their role is vital in keeping governments accountable and ensuring that the voices of billions around the world are heard.

Climate change journalists prepare for post-2015 SDGs reporting

Lusaka: Thirty journalists from across Africa who specialize on environmental issues participated in a two day training in Lusaka, Zambia on Climate Change Reporting in the framework of Post- 2015 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) negotiations. The training which was opened by Secretary General Sindiso Ngwenya was aimed at enhancing the capacity of media to report on the key issues around climate change from a factual and analytical basis.

Tax incentives denying Kenya money it needs to improve livelihoods

Nairobi: Kenya is bleeding. Between 2002 and 2011 East Africa’s economic powerhouse is estimated to have lost at least Sh151 billion ($1.51 billion) to trade misinvoicing — deliberate cheating by companies on how much goods and services they have sold abroad.  That is three times Kenya’s national health budget or equivalent to about 8.3 per cent of the government’s total revenue. Companies often misinvoice to evade taxes, avoid customs duties, transfer a kickback or launder money.

New campaign to boost tax compliance in Africa

Kigali:  A new campaign to stop Africa from ‘bleeding’ is to be launched today in Nairobi by the Tax Justice Network-Africa (TJN-A), a coalition of researchers and activists focused on the harmful impacts of tax avoidance, tax competition and tax havens.  The ‘bleeding’ is symbolic of a $50 billion, which is the minimum that the continent is estimated to lose every year in Illicit Financial Flows (IFFs), as recently reported by a high level panel chaired by former South African President Thabo Mbeki.

PACJA: statement on the Bonn climate talks

We, the African civil society organisations participating in the Bonn Climate Change Conference, are gravely concerned about the progress of negotiations and wish to express our utmost disillusionment on the mistrust reigning the corridors of the new World Conference Centre here in Bonn.

Trade Union position on Financing for Development

The FfD agenda is an important reference point for discussions on development finance, and serves as a unique space where governments, in particular from the South, are able to debate important issues like trade and foreign direct investment as well as systemic issues like the international financial architecture and financial regulation. These are the global economic issues that were absent in the origin and overall framework of the Millennium Development Goals and remain piecemeal in the proposed Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) framework.

Expanding engagement with CSOs to advance Africa’s climate-smart development

Abidjan: On May 28, 2015, the African Development Bank (AfDB) and the Climate Investment Funds (CIF) co-hosted an open dialogue session in the AfDB’s Civil Society Organization (CSO) Forum in the margins of its Annual Meetings in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire. In the session, participants used as a jumping-off point the CIF’s unique multi-stakeholder approach, with the AfDB serving as a key implementing agency and partner.

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