Building The Network

We strive to promote the role of tax justice in the African Development Agenda

From its earliest beginnings Tax Justice Network Africa (TJNA) has sought to build a diverse membership base, out of the recognition that to achieve change at a pan-African level the strategy of coalition building, and partnership development is central. Entering into partnerships with like-minded organisations in Africa and around the world has enabled TJNA’s membership to grow and provide the network in Africa with strong allies to advance the cause of tax justice. In 2011, for example, TJNA and Oxfam Novib developed a project dubbed “Capacity for Research and Advocacy for Fair Taxation”. This initiative facilitated a sustained investment in awareness-raising and capacity building in pilot countries including Ghana, Nigeria, Senegal and Uganda. Increasing membership base in Africa be a central plank of TJNA’s strategic plan.

Forming global alliances has also been critical. In 2011, TJNA joined with several organisations to form the global Task Force on Financial Transparency and Economic Development. This was renamed Financial Transparency Coalition (FTC) in 2012. The FTC’s work focuses mainly on tax transparency issues as well as looking at the international architecture for financial transparency. TJNA sits on its coordinating committee. In 2013, TJNA joined the Global Alliance for Tax Justice (GATJ), a body rallying tax justice campaigners across the globe. GATJ’s overarching campaign theme is to ‘‘make multinational corporations pay their fair share of taxes’’. It relies on its regional network members, such as TJNA, to support its strategy and campaigning work.