Globalization has brought somewhat broken world borders and allowed a swift exchange in the economic, cultural, physical, religion (and more) sector. In the global village, inhabitants transact more conveniently and in an ever increasing manner, both in quantity or quality (or the lack of it or illicit in a number of instances). If we focus on the economic sector for example, it becomes obvious that globalization is hugely making an ever growing room for illicit financial flows which in a sense undo a huge percentage of already achieved development.
AFRODAD was represented by Ms. Emmanuella Matare, Senior Policy Analyst who heads the Domestic Resource Mobilization portfolio, at the SADC People’s Summit taking place in Namibia. The theme was “Curbing illicit financial flows for inclusive growth in the SADC region”. The presentation from AFRODAD was on “illicit financial flows and corruption”. Extractive sectors are one of the most hit by corruption and instead of developing the continent, they are left drained. Corruption undermines the sound governance of resources, notably by facilitating illegal exploitation and poor environmental and social practices, as well as by eroding the tax base.
The People’s Summit runs parallel to the SADC Summit of the Heads of State and Government deliberately to remind politicians that SADC was never meant to be a club of eaders only but a platform for the well-being of the people. The SADC People Summit is a continuation of the struggle emanating from and sustained at the national levels. While leaders sit and agree on how to best implement neo-liberal economic policies over their people to benefit the rich, the SADC People Summit is inspired by the struggles and the successes people register in their resistance of the capitalist interests. This rich tradition of comrades empowering one another is anchored on the thematic breakaways on social, economic, environmental, climate, natural resources, human rights, anti-corruption, debt, political emancipation, health, HIV and AIDS, access to cure and services, disadvantaged groups and key populations, accountability, transparency and many more led and attended by comrades from various ends.
The plenary debate thereafter consolidates the deliberations into a final Declaration of the SADC People Summit ordinarily as a matter of tradition presented to the Heads through a street theatre to allow every citizen to demonstrate support and solidarity to the cause advanced by the messages on the placards.