ITJA 2016

Theme: Stop the Bleeding: Closing tax loopholes to finance Africa’s structural transformation

Date: 12- 16 September 2016

Location: Nairobi, Kenya

In 2014 Tax Justice Network-Africa launched the annual International Tax Justice Academy (ITJA) training programme as a Pan-African initiative to bridge an existing knowledge gap on tax justice in Africa and empower partners across the five regional blocs in Africa as well as Europe and Latin America.

The ITJA is a week-long indepth programme on topical issues around tax policy that bring together participants from journalists, academicians and development practitioners.

ITJA aims to foster and build greater capacity for participants to engage with the various tax experts to discuss the discourse, towards building knowledge-driven pool of African tax justice activists and to promote domestic resource mobilisation in Africa to underpin the continent’s structural transformation.

The training programme includes lectures, case studies and interactive group work and presentations. The academy is tailored to the needs of a range of participants from entry level of the tax justice agenda to the mid-level tax justice campaigners or researchers. Under the proposed theme, the academy will is underpinned by the following four pillars of TJN-A:

  1. Tax and International Financial Architecture
  2. Tax and Investment
  3. Tax and Extractive
  4. Tax and Inequality

Beyond this, the tax academy training will also be a forum for networking and building alliances for organisations to work even better together on tax and related agendas in their various countries.

The academy training will provide a key platform to reflect, evaluate, strategise and strengthen the network championing tax justice issues in Africa and enhance collaboration within the network.

The Academy provides a platform for the one week training for different stakeholders to undertake sustained advocacy, related dialogue and debate through the training on Illicit Financial Flows, tax governance and domestic resource mobilization on the African continent, informed by research and inclusive of a wide variety of voices.

The academy therefore sets out to:

  1. To provide basic knowledge on key tax justice themes.
  2. To initiate peer learning amongst participants, build alliances and promote engagement of key stakeholders on taxation in Africa and beyond.
  3. To highlight and bring forth in-depth discussions on the Stop the Bleeding Campaign and to raise opportunities of engagement.
  4. To promote knowledge sharing and networking among stakeholders (CSOs, Journalists, Academics, Researchers and Trade unionists) working on tax justice issues on the continent and beyond.
  5. To increase and support advocacy in an effective manner through information sharing.

The 2016 International Tax Justice Academy will be held in Kenya from 12- 16 September 2016. Participants will be drawn from across Africa and beyond. These will include activists, academics, trade unions, media, and student groups amongst others. The academy is aimed at empowering the existing partners all over Africa and outside the continent with knowledge to further impact their work as well as inform potential or interested parties as they embark on taxation work in different fields.

Partners:

  • The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation;
  • The Financial Transparency Coalition;
  • Tax Justice Network;

Facilitators

Jean Mballa Mballa

Jean Mballa Mballa

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Cephas Mukunike

Cephas Makunike

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James Karanja

James Karanja

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Wanjala Bernadette

Bernadette Wanjala

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Dereje Alemayehu

Dr. Dereje Alemayehu

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Adeyinka Adeyemi

Adeyinka Adeyemi

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Implementing Team

Alvin-Mosioma

Alvin Mosioma
– Executive Director, TJN-A

Sandra-Kidwingira

Sandra Kidwingira
– Programe, Institutional Development, and Support Manager, TJN-A