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.
TJNA aims to achieve these by challenging harmful tax policies and practices that on one hand facilitate illicit resource outflows and on the other hand favour the wealthy while aggravating and perpetuating inequality. TJNA strives to promote the role of tax justice in the African Development Agenda. It further endeavours to provide a platform dedicated to enabling African researchers, campaigners, civil society organisations, policy makers, and investigative media to co-operate and synergise their efforts in the struggle against illicit financial flows, tax evasion, tax competition and other harmful tax policies and practices.
TJNA engages in various activities that are aimed at promoting public awareness regarding tax issues in Africa. Through networking among member organizations across Africa, TJNA seeks to raise awareness on the importance of taxation as a tool for development and enhancing democratic governance and to consolidate the efforts by CSOs to work on tax
TJNA and Fair Tax Monitor
The Fair Tax Monitor (FTM) project started in December 2014 as part of the CRAFT (Capacity for Research and Advocacy for Fair Taxation) program. It was developed by Oxfam Novib (ON) in collaboration with Tax Justice Network-Africa (TJNA) and other partner organizations in the pilot countries: Bangladesh (SUPRO), Pakistan (Indus Consortium), Senegal (Forum Civil) and Uganda (SEATINI). It was initiated as a pilot project to develop a common research framework and an online advocacy tool, and to subsequently test them in practice in the selected focus countries.
Currently, TJNA Coordinates and provides Technical Support to the development of FTM Studies in seven African countries, namely: Tunisia, Senegal, Cameroon, Nigeria, Ghana, Zambia, and Uganda.
The Fair Tax Monitor’s overall goal is to strengthen the advocacy activities at the local and global levels on equitable and fair taxation. It provides an overview of national tax systems; identifies the main challenges they face and charts a new cause of actions that will lead to fair tax systems. The tool provides reliable evidence for the advocacy and lobby work of our partners, which strengthens their position and increases their credibility as well as their influencing power. Furthermore, the FTM compares key elements of tax systems and thus complements the activities of Oxfam’s global ‘Even it Up!’ campaign as well as the realisation of TJN-A’s activities at the African level.