A high level Alternative Mining Indaba (AMI) side event was held in Cape Town, South Africa on the 4th February 2019. It addressed the problem of Illicit Financial Flows (IFFs), as it relates to strategies Southern Africa can adopt in upholding human rights within the mining sector and how to curb IFFs for community development.
The event ran under the AMI 2019 theme “Advocating for Equality and Justice where benefits of Natural Resources are shared equally”, and it was jointly organised by AFRODAD and ZIMCODD. Delegates representing African governments, Civil Society groups, tax administrators and the academia from Africa graced the event.
Addressing the gathering, ZIMCODD Policy Research and Advocacy Manager John Maketo, expressed concern over the magnitude of how mining agencies both local and foreign continue short-changing local mining communities in Africa leaving them in poverty. He advocated for the principle of Core Management of Resources were both citizens and agencies would work in unison, sharing returns from mining activities by any given mining community in Africa.
Human Rights Lawyer and senior researcher with Human Rights Watch, Mr. Dewa Mavhinga elaborated on how obvious linkages between IFFs, Mining and Human Rights are. Africa loses money every year through diversion of funds meant to benefit communities but find their way to few elites with stakes in companies that have political authority thus corruptly enriching themselves ahead of the populace.