Once every year, AFRODAD hosts an event that is commonly known as the “Summer School”. You may want to know where the name came from... simple! It takes place when it's hot and dry in Zimbabwe where the AFRODAD Secretariat is based even though we rotate from one African country to another in line with the AFRODAD's Pan-African nature. his is training for parliamentarians, civil society and the media especially domestic resource mobilization (DRM) as a very strong pillar to achieving Sustainable Development Goals. The tremendous possibilities that DRM can offer stands a gigantesque obstacle called illicit financial flows (IFFs). The Summer School, therefore, is an initiative that AFRODAD uses to “sort of” break down issues, sensitize relevant people with the ability to influence governmental practices. The AFRODAD 2017 Summer School, was held from 6-10 November 2017 in Windhoek, Namibia under the theme “Strengthening Natural Resource Governance in Southern Africa”.
Why does AFRODAD care?
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 are curbed, and the funds used domestically, the scale of the flows involved will have significant positive impact on development, and 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 annum. IFFs limit government expenditure on some of the most critical sectors such as health education. Furthermore, IFFs compromises equitable control, access and ownership of natural resources. This catastrophe is not exclusive to SADC only but other African regions. It is in this view that combating IFFs remains a prerequisite for effective and efficient domestic resource mobilization and financing sustainable development.
IFFs from the African continent are highest in the extractive industries, especially oil and mining. The volumes of IFFs from the petroleum and the mining sectors in Africa far outweigh the rest of the other sectors. The graph below shows IFFs from the African continent by each sector from the period of 2000 to 2010.
The 2018 Summer School will be held in Mangochi, Malawi, 19th to 23rd November 2018. The theme is “Raising the voice against Illicit Financial Flows, Corruption and Inequality in Africa”. The training program will comprise up to 40 participants drawn from parliaments, civil society organizations, faith based organisations and media houses.
During the selection process, AFRODAD ensures that new participants attend the school so that the message and its impact keeps on spreading far and wide. We also invite participants from the previous season, so that we can hear from them concerning how the summer school has impacted their lives, work and their nations.
I am definitely looking forward!!!
Information & Media Coordinator