2017 marks a great milestone for Tax Justice Network- Africa- TJN-A clocks ten years of existence. Ten years of promoting tax justice in Africa. Ten years of consistent work in pushing tax justice from the backburner to the forefront of public agenda.
Established during the 2007 World Social Forum, TJN-A has at its core the role of tax in supporting and advancing equality for citizens through effective service delivery. This drive has gradually evolved to become a network of social justice movement organisations across the African continent spearheading the tax justice movement.
Tax justice has been increasingly incorporated into the structural transformation agenda in Africa and comprises a greater part of discussions on financing for development beyond 2015. After the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals in late 2015 as well as the African Union’s Agenda 2063, African states are increasingly under pressure to fund domestic development through internally-sourced revenues. Domestic resource mobilisation has thus become one of the key pillars of the tax justice movement. This issue has been addressed by the AU/UNECA High Level Panel’s Report on Illicit Financial Flows, which recommends that African governments need to put in place measures to close loopholes facilitating the loss of much-needed resources.
Born out of the belief in Africa’s wealth and ability to spur the global economy to new heights, tax justice as a concept evolved out of a fight for social justice in Africa. The past ten years have seen it grow from a brainchild of afew great minds who conceptualised TJN-A to that of 29 organisations across 16 countries in Africa.
It is in appreciation of the journey that’s been, and the partners who have walked with us that TJN-A commissioned a series of events throughout the year. The inauguration of #TJNAat10 was held on the side-lines of the 8th Alternative Mining Indaba in Cape Town, South Africa. Attended by members of the Board and key associates of the Network, the walk down memory- lane brought with it nostalgia of the teething problems and growing pains, the head-rush that comes with key achievements and the silent contemplation that comes with planning for the future.
As TJN-A takes a walk back in time, the Network- with its members- will be organising a series of events up and down the continent to not only look back but map the next ten years, together.
Here’s to another decade!