A collective of Pan-African institutions committed to justice, human rights, equity, gender justice and inclusivity could no longer keep silent in the face of the eroding capabilities of African states to finance our own development. The calls for Domestic Resource Mobilization (DRM) led us to a conviction that the illicit financial outflows from the continent were a key obstacle of development for the citizens of Africa. As we delved deeper into the bottlenecks of development financing, it became obvious that the drive to stem illicit financial flows was just the beginning of a multi-faceted campaign to stop the bleeding of Africa’s resources.
The consortium partners of the Stop the Bleeding Campaign represent multi-disciplinary competencies, intersectional experiences and approaches to economic justice for Africa. Upon recognizing the gravity of Illicit Financial Flows (IFFs) as stipulated in the African Union (AU) Anti-IFFs Declaration, six Pan-African Civil Society Organisations (CSOs), namely the Africa Forum and Network on Debt and Development (AFRODAD), Africa Women’s Development and Communication network (FEMNET), International Trade Union Confederation Africa, Africa’s Regional Organisation (ITUC Africa), Pan Africa Lawyers Union (PALU), Tax Justice Network Africa (TJN-A) and Trust Africa (TA), came together in June 2015 and launched the STB Campaign. This collective was joined by affinity member NAWI – the Afrifem Macroeconomics Collective in 2019.
The partners involved in the STB campaign are all pan-african instistutions committed to Africa’s development and advancing mechanisms which enable citizens to live fully dignified lives. The partners range from specialist organizations in development financing issues, feminist economics issues, equitable development issues, labour rights issues and litigation issues.
Full profiles of the partners are available below:
TrustAfrica is a pan-African foundation that promote democratic governance and equitable development across the continent. TrustAfrica seeks to strengthen African initiatives that address the most difficult challenges confronting the continent. We currently focus on three critical areas: * Securing the conditions for democracy; * Fostering African enterprise and achieving broadly shared prosperity; and * Cultivating African resources for democracy and development.
The Tax Justice Network Africa (TJNA) is a Pan-African organisation and a member of the Global Alliance for Tax Justice. Launched in January 2007 during the World Social Forum (WSF) held in Nairobi, TJNA promotes socially- just, accountable and progressive taxation systems in Africa. It advocates for tax policies with pro-poor outcomes and tax systems that curb public resource leakages and enhance domestic resource mobilisation.
PALU is the premier continental forum of and for lawyers and lawyers’ associations in Africa. Established in 2002 to reflect the aspirations and concerns of the African people and to promote and defend their shared interests, PALU brings together the continent’s regional and national lawyers’ associations, and over 1,000 individual lawyers. Members of PALU are lawyers, professionals and institutions from various areas of legal practice and professionals that adhere to our vision of seeing a united, just and prosperous Africa, built on the rule of law and good governance.
The African Women’s Development and Communication Network (FEMNET) is a pan- African, feminist and membership-based network based in Nairobi with over 800 members across 49 African countries. FEMNET exists to facilitate and coordinate the sharing of experiences, ideas, information, and strategies for human rights promotion among African women’s organizations through networking, communication, capacity-building and advocacy at the regional and international levels. Since inception in 1988, FEMNET has strategically positioned herself as a convenor, organizer and facilitator on dialogues around critical issues including women’s involvement in governance and leadership, promoting women’s economic justice, advocating for women’s sexual and reproductive health and rights, ending gender-based violence and harmful practices (such as female genital mutilation and child marriage) and strengthening the women’s movement in Africa.
AFRODAD is a Pan African civil society organisation born of a desire to secure lasting solutions to Africa's mounting debt problem which has impacted negatively on the continent's development process. AFRODAD believes that the debt crisis, apart from being a political, economic and structural issue, has an intrinsic link to human rights. This forms the guiding philosophy for its work on Debt and the need to have African external debts cancelled for poverty eradication and attainment of social and economic justice. Furthermore, the principle of equity must of necessity apply and in this regard, responsibility of creditors and debtors in the debt crisis should be acknowledged and assumed by the parties.
The African Regional Organisation of the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC-Africa) is a pan-African trade union organisation created in November 2007 following the merger of two former African trade union organisations, namely ICFTU-Afro and DOAWTU. ITUC-Africa has 17 million declared members and 101 affiliated trade union centres in 51 African countries. The headquarters of ITUC-Africa is now in Lome, Togo. The name of ITUC-Africa’s President is Mody Guiro. The name of the General Secretary is Kwasi Adu-Amankwah.
The Nawi – Afrifem Macroeconomics Collective (Nawi Collective) is a Pan-African Feminist initiative launched in 2020, It is administratively and fiduciarily housed by the Tax Justice Network (Africa). The Nawi – Afrifem Macroeconomics Collective is building a community in Africa of individuals and organisations working on influencing, analysing, deconstructing and reconstructing macroeconomic policies, narratives and understanding of the same through an intersectional Pan African feminist lens.
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