Africa Now November 25, 2015
Topics: Illicit Financial Flows; and Updates on Situation in Mali Following Hotel Attack and African Migrants and Refugees to Europe
Topics and Guests: On February 1 the High Level Panel on Illicit Financial Flows of the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) chaired by former South African President Thabo Mbeki launched its long-awaited report in which it noted that “Current evidence shows that Africa lost in excess of US$50bn annually between 2000 and 2008. The level of illicit financial outflows from Africa exceeds the official development assistance to the continent, which stood at $46.1bn in 2012.” December 9 is International Anti-Corruption Day, with that context Africa Now! today will focus on illicit financial flows out of Africa in our first segment. A week ago Africa Now! Host Mwiza Munthali had a conversation with activists on this issue from the continent who were in town. The activists are: Ms. Lucykstar Miyandazi, Africa Coordinator of Tax Power Campaign, ActionAid (Nairobi, Kenya), who is leading development of, coordination and delivery of pan-African campaign actions, events and mobilization activities within the African region. Ms. Miyandazi has also worked as the Coordinator for the East African Tax and Governance Network, a pro bono case manager with the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in the Hague-Netherlands, and as a researcher with the African Centre for Constructive Resolution of Disputes in Durban-South Africa. The other activist is Mr. Alvin Mosioma as the founding Executive Director of Tax Justice Network-Africa has spearheaded numerous civil society campaigns in Africa since 2007. Mr. Mosioma also serves as the Vice Chair of the Financial Transparency Coalition (FTC). Mr. Mosioma is also a member of the steering committee of the global Open Government Partnership. Mr. Mosioma has written a number of informative articles and reports on fiscal policy in Africa and co-authored two books on taxation and development in Africa.
Update on situation in Mali following hotel attack reported by Al-Mourabitoun, an al-Qaida affiliate and Al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) on Friday, November 20, 2015 in which 22 people died (that includes two gunmen). This was similar to an attack on another hotel that killed 12 in central Mali in August. Africa Now! will also touch on the plight of African Migrants and Refugees to Europe following the Summit in Valetta, Malta on November 11 to 12 between the African Union and European Union leaders on migration: over 2,200 Africans have died in the Mediterranean Sea trying to reach Europe. Joining Africa Now! from Segou, Mali to discuss these issues is Mr. Mamadou Goïta. Mr. Mamadou Goïta is a socio-economist and a specialist in education and training systems and is currently the Executive Director of the Institute for Research and the Promotion of Alternatives in Development (IRPAD) in Mali. Mamadou works on questions of social and economic development in Africa, with a particular focus on food sovereignty, conflict management, governance, decentralization, and immigration.
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