Over recent years, AFRODAD has found it crucial to work with Parliamentarians and other Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) to brainstorm on issues of illicit financial flows (IFFs) and how to jointly contribute to stopping such crimes.
The rational for this effort is that volumes of IFFs from Africa are huge and have been increasing over the years. Evidence from literature on the subject of illicit financial flows, including the report of the High Level Panel on illicit financial flows from Africa, argues that if illicit outflows were curbed, and the funds used domestically, the scale of the flows involved would have significant positive impact on development, and this would reduce Africa’s reliance on aid and external borrowing to finance development. Currently, illicit financial flows from Africa are estimated to be as much as USD 50 billion per year. IFFs limit government expenditure on some of the most critical sectors such as health and education. Furthermore, IFFs compromise equitable control, access and ownership of natural resources. Therefore, combating IFFs remains a prerequisite for effective and efficient domestic resource mobilization and financing sustainable development. There is therefore need to escalate the role of Parliament and Civil society in combating IFFs from Africa.
Participants that AFRODAD usually invites include parliamentarians of national and regional parliaments from Africa (Pan African Parliament, Southern Africa Development Community Parliamentary Forum, East African Parliament and the Economic Community of West African States parliament). Also in attendance are experts from African Development Bank, United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, and regional economic communities such as SADC, EAC, and ECOWAS, Pan-African CSOs and global civil society organizations working on IFFs as well as selected media houses.
Last year's dialogue was held in Kigali, Rwanda. This year's will be held on 20-21st March in Gaborone, Botswana.