Domestic Resource Mobilization

Areas of Impact

The promotion of sustainable development and the eradication of poverty require sufficient and the right type of finance. Over the last 50 years of independence African countries have by and large relied on Official Development Assistance (ODA) inflows and on external borrowing both of which have not brought about the needed development. Even if the current rates of commitment are met, ODA will not be enough to eradicate poverty in the face of climate change and other global challenges. And past experience has shown the negative impacts of external borrowing and debt servicing, which reduced the quality of life for many Africans.

New alternative sources of revenue additional to ODA are needed and chief among these is taxation. Collecting domestic revenues is essential, if governments are to provide critical services such as water, energy, education, and other basic infrastructure. In raising the needed revenue for development, taxation also enhances the capacities of governments to deliver the needed services to its citizens and therefore enhances government’s capacity to govern and to elicit trust from its citizens. JENA will promote socially just and accountable taxation systems in Africa. It will advocate for tax policies with pro-poor outcomes and tax systems, both domestic and international that curb public resource leakages and enhance domestic resource mobilization. Our work will focus on how taxation impacts inequality and poverty.

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Economy, Health, Justice
Africa Health & Economic Transformation Initiative

AHETI is a pan-African initiative aimed at eradicating poverty diseases endemic in Africa, namely, malaria, tuberculosis, HIV and AIDS, hepatitis B and diarrhoea by promoting efforts and policies to ramp up local production of pharmaceuticals in Africa.

Education, Justice
Bakhita Partnership for Education

The Bakhita Partnership for Education is an independently governed faith-based partnership building a community where all girls and women live in safety, have the education needed to earn a living wage, and the opportunities to build a secure future.

Economy, Justice
Economy of Francesco

The Economy of Francesco is an initiative that brings together young economists, entrepreneurs, and change-makers from around the world to “enter a covenant” to change today’s economy and to give a soul to the economy of tomorrow.

Food Security, Justice
Small-Scale Fisheries

While global fisheries could contribute much more effectively and directly to fulfilling the human right to subsistence (an ethical norm that is as universal and binding as any under international law), their potential to do so is undermined by legal structures that favour the extractivist model and fail to legislate ethical norms.