Alvin Mosioma: As foreign aid dries up, African governments must increase revenue through taxes while spending more on vulnerable communities

In this third “Coronavignette,” we continue to share conversations with leaders of civil society organizations we support on how Covid-19 affects their work.

Alvin Mosioma is Executive Director of Tax Justice Network Africa (TJN-A), a pan-African research and advocacy organisation established in 2007 and a member of the Global Alliance for Tax Justice (GATJ). Through its Nairobi Secretariat, TJN-A collaborates closely with its member organisations and other civil society partners across Africa to curb illicit financial flows and promote progressive taxation systems. TJN-A advocates for pro-poor tax policies and the strengthening of tax systems to promote domestic resource mobilization. TJN-A also plays a leading role in global coalitions committed to tackling the phenomena of global tax avoidance and evasion and achieving fundamental reforms of the current global financial architecture.

In the 7-minute Coronavignette video above, Alvin describes:

  • How the fiscal impact of Covid-19, including a likely reduction in foreign aid, has given greater urgency to their work
  • Why governments need to close tax loopholes in order to fund social protection benefits for the poor
  • The importance of tax relief for the middle class, but its failure to support informal workers, who make up the vast majority of Africa’s labor force
  • The need to go beyond debt moratoriums to total debt cancellation for African economies to thrive
  • The importance for civil society organizations to connect tax policy to debt and budget monitoring

We’ll have Coronavignette videos with Aidan Eyakuze of Twaweza, Wanjiru Gikonyo of The Institute for Social Accountability, and more in the coming weeks.

Updates from the Hewlett Foundation’s transparency, participation and accountability team. Part of our Gender Equity & Governance Program