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Capital Flight and Pro-poor Development in Angola

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By Rumbidzai M. Masango

The Centre for studies and Scientific Investigation (CEIC) of the Catholic University of Angola (UCAN) and Norwegian Church Aid Angola hosted an international conference on capital flight and pro-poor development in Angola on the 18th of June.

The one day meeting saw the Angolan government illustrate its commitment to fight capital flight by having Mr João Boa Francisco Quipipa - Director of International Studies of the Ministry of Finance to officially open the event on behalf of the Minister. The international conference was attended by over 150 participants, 15 regionals, with CSOs, FBOs, Churches, academics, customs, immigration, banks especially the Central Bank of Angola and media.

Mr. Tom Cardamone the MD of Global Financial Integrity (GFI) presented on the reality of Illicit Financial Flows (IFF), focused on the African perspective, explained that the GFI does not claim to know the levels of abuse of transfer pricing by MNCs specifically. Adding that their figures exclude cash transactions and smuggled funds and thus their figures are actually conservative. He said that GFI estimates that in 2010 between US$783BN and US$1,4TR flowed out of African countries. Their findings show that countries with natural resources such as oil producers have high incidents of IFF.  Mr. Cardamone explained that Southern Africa accounts for about 27,5% of IFF from Africa with the top three countries being South Africa, Angola and Zimbabwe. He stressed that the shadow financial system enabled the movements of money using several methods to create a web and layered system to discourage tracing and tracking. Some examples of components in the system included tax havens, falsified pricing, fraudulent foundations/charities, money laundering, anonymous trusts and so on.

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CSO rural sector consultation on Development Effectiveness in Food, Agriculture and Rural Development

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The People’s Coalition on Food Sovereignty (PCFS) organized a CSO rural consultation on Development Effectiveness (CPDE) from 13 – 14 June 2013 in Nairobi, Kenya. The meeting was to input into the three-year programme of work for the CPDE. The meeting attracted representatives of the rural sector and organisations of civil society and small-holder food producers from Kenya, Uganda, Burundi, Zambia, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa, and Nigeria. The objectives of the consultation were to develop and equip CSOs working on agriculture and food sovereignty issues with knowledge on how to lead consultations on the issue of development effectiveness in agriculture with all stakeholders in their own countries. The meeting also sought to take essential actions by shaping consensus among CSOs in coming together and building the development effectiveness agenda on agriculture and food. Key messages from the meeting were that there was a need to realign aid towards sectors that promote growth and prosperity, redefine education curriculum to churn out entrepreneurs not the employable as well as the need for Africa to localise interpretation of terminologies like food sovereignty.  For the consultation declaration click here .

 

SA Civil Society and Public at Large Need to Influence Int. Relations

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EJN’s tax justice officer, Michelle Pressend, took part in the first Civil20 which was held in Moscow, Russia from the 13th to 14th June 2013. Russia was the first of G20 chair-countries to hold the C20 meeting in its current format. The main objective of the C20 was to initiate productive dialogue of the global civil society, politicians and individual decision-makers, on the basis of the priorities formulated in the official agenda of the Russian presidency. The idea being that in accordance with the recommendations of the C20, substantial changes can be made in the final communiqué of the leaders of the G20. Below is an opinion piece by Michelle on how the first C20 went. This article was published by The South African Civil Society Information Service.

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We Have Faith (WHF) Climate Finance Regional Workshop

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We Have Faith (WHF) - Climate Justice Now!The Council of Churches in Zambia (CCZ) successfully hosted 36 participants from nine countries to discuss climate finance at a training workshop in Lusaka under the campaign dubbed “We have Faith- Act Now for climate justice”. The meeting which drew participants from South Africa, Mozambique, Angola, Malawi, Botswana, Kenya, Lesotho, Zimbabwe and Zambia, held under the auspices of the Norwegian Church Aid was aimed at discussing the challenges and finding solutions to climate change finance.

Officially opening the training workshop, CCZ Vice-President Chizason Chunda urged the participants to engage in finding suitable solutions to addressing issues of climate change whose effects are being felt most by the poor communities. The training workshop on climate finance negotiations was aimed at increasing knowledge, improving skills and broadening understanding on finding solutions to challenges of climate finance which include increased funding for climate change programmes being implemented by the Church.

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