The African Forum and Network on Debt and Development (AFRODAD) invites applications for its 2016 Summer School Training on Natural Resources: Revenue Management & Illicit Financial Flows in Africa. The one week training program will comprise up to 40 participants drawn from parliaments, civil society organizations, faith based organisations and media houses. The training program will be held in Pretoria, South Africa and runs over five days from Monday 24th October to Friday 28th October 2016.
Dr. Fanwell Kenala Bokosi
The Summer School in its second year, has become a must-attend event for parliamentarians, civil society organizations, faith based organizations and the media. The participation of parliament, civil society organisations, faith based organisations and the media in shaping policy decisions is a general rule of good governance that ensures checks and balances regarding the work of the executive in important issues such as tax justice, illicit financial flows and resource governance. However, under government programs, the capacity building of these groups is generally neglected resulting in their limited capacity to meaningfully engage in policy discourses which end up being dominated by the executive. The issues related to tax justice, illicit financial flows and the extractive sector are highly complex and technical. Thus, the limited knowledge of various African non state actors on these issues compromise efforts towards effectively mobilizing domestic resources for financing the continent’s development agenda.
In addition to struggling with conducting empirical research that can influence illicit flows and extractives related policies, members of the civil society also lack capacity to effectively demand transparency in tax authorities’ operations and request accountability on governments’ use of tax revenues. Journalists also grapple with conducting investigative research into tax, illicit financial flows and extractive sectors beyond the press releases issued by tax authorities and mining companies among others. On the other hand, continuous efforts are still required to ensure that Parliamentarians pass laws that ensure efficiency and fairness in generating and using revenues and curbing illicit flows. Recognizing the need to enhance the capacity of these institutions to scrutinize government policy and engage on issues of revenue management, illicit financial flows and other natural resource governance issues, AFRODAD holds its second comprehensive Summer School as a build up to the first one that was convened in 2015.
I look forward to welcoming you to Pretoria in October 2016.