African Forum and Network on Debt and Development

The African Forum and Network on Debt and Development (AFRODAD) was created 20 years ago as a pan African platform and organisation for lobbying and advocating for debt cancellation and addressing other debt related issues in Africa. AFRODAD remains committed to contributing to the long term development of the continent through its contribution to finding sustainable solutions to Africa’s challenges in debt and resource management and financial development.

The African Forum and Network on Debt and Development (AFRODAD) was created 20 years ago as a pan African platform and organisation for lobbying and advocating for debt cancellation and addressing other debt related issues in Africa. AFRODAD remains committed to contributing to the long term development of the continent through its contribution to finding sustainable solutions to Africa’s challenges in debt and resource management and financial development. The organisation aims to be a premier institution on the continent which uses research to contribute to policy formulation and change on most efficient and sustainable use of financial and other resources; a trusted ally to pan African decision makers; a centre of knowledge for non-state actors to get ideas and innovation on debt and development issues on the continent. AFRODAD works with a wide range of policy makers and thought leaders in the field of economic governance. It works with NEPAD, SADC, AU, African Development Bank, and the Economic Commission for Africa. It also works with other civil society institutions in Africa and around the world on issues of similar concern. 2016 marks the beginning of a new strategy for AFRODAD which ends in 2020. This strategy has been developed to address the key challenges the continent will be facing in the coming years, refining and refocusing AFRODAD to increase its African footprint and strategic target group on issues of Debt Management, Domestic Resource Mobilisation and International Public Finance. As a vision, AFRODAD aspires for a prosperous Africa based on an equitable and sustainable development. Its mission is to contribute to Africa’s inclusive economic growth and sustainable development through influencing policy change on debt management and development finance anchored on a rights-based approach. AFRODAD’s work on Tax Justice and Extractives took higher recognition when the Government of Malawi pledged to review its policies and laws on mining following AFRODAD’s research findings on Costs and Benefits of Uranium Mining in Malawi. In addition, Members of Parliament from Malawi committed to introduce and support the AFRODAD supported Private Members’ Bill in Parliament aimed at promoting transparency and accountability in extractives sector. Further, a network of Members of Parliament and Civil Society from 21 countries in Africa, Latin America and Europe was formed following AFRODAD’s hosting of international conference on Transparency and Responsible Finance in the Extractives Industry. AFRODAD also facilitated the creation of national platforms for organisations working on tax justice and extractives. This was after realisation that working with one organisation at national level on big issues such as tax justice was not enough. AFRODAD has used networks such as the Tax Justice Network Africa, Oxfam and Christian Aid in order to amplify voices. Activities also include joint training for media, members of parliament and CSOs which enhances the chances of national level action.

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