The 2018 and fourth Summer School was held in Mangochi, Malawi from the 19 to 23 November 2018
under the theme ‘Raising the voice against illicit financial flows, corruption and inequality in Africa: Existing and new challenges’.
Previous Summer Schools were held in Zimbabwe (2015), South Africa (2016) and Namibia (2017). The training gathered participants from East to West, South and central Africa. They were Members of Parliament, civil society, media, non-governmental organizations and faith leaders. AFRODAD has been carrying out this initiative in an effort to contribute to the development and implementation of transparent, accountable and efficient mechanisms for the mobilization and utilization of financial resources in Africa, both domestic and external. The summer school provides an innovative way of engaging with a core group of influencers and decision-makers to build their understanding and commitment to the key issues of concern across the continent. As a Pan-African organisation, AFRODAD supports and promotes initiatives of the African Union, in particular Agenda 2063 and the Africa Mining Vision (AMV).
The AFRODAD 2018 Summer School aimed at achieving the following objectives:
- To improve participants’ knowledge and understanding of extractive sector revenue mobilisation and management, institutions governing the mining sector, the role of the AMV in enhancing fiscal resource mobilisation to finance development.
- To develop participants’ knowledge and understanding of domestic and external sources of financing for development particularly on issues of Debt, IFFs, ODA, PPPs and AFRODAD’s work in the region.
- To establish linkages between civil society organisations, parliamentarians and the media in effective resource mobilisation.
- To ensure that civil society organisations, faith based organisations, parliamentarians, and the media play an influential role in monitoring and influencing tax justice, debt management, natural resource governance and curbing of illicit financial flows.
The 2018 Summer School modules comprised of:
- Understanding the linkages between corruption, taxation and Illicit Financial Flows from Africa;
- Risks And Challenges to Africa’s Tax Base - Fighting tax avoidance and tax evasion in Africa;
- Understanding Global Financial Secrecy and Illicit Financial Flows;
- Implementing the African Mining Vision and Country Mining Visions: Mainstreaming Mineral Resources for Development;
- Sovereign Debt: Linkages and impacts on Human Rights and Inequality;
- Public Private Partnerships for Sustainable Development;
- Integrating Human Rights in Financing for Development;
- Theological Reflections on Natural Resource Governance and Financing for Development;
- Mainstreaming Gender in Financing for Development.
Every evening, a media corner hosted by a professional TV personality took place. The objective of these meetings was to help collect fresh feedback on a daily basis. Proceedings from those and other captured feedback will be on our YouTube channel without delay.
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