Development of Tax Administrations in Africa to support the Mobilisation of Domestic Resources
Improve the capacity of African tax administrations to achieve their revenue objectives, inform policy and legislation formulation, foster transparency and accountability in tax matters, provide a mechanism to contribute to the international developments on tax matters and develop sustainable partnerships in order to achieve these goals.
• A more sustainable, member-orientated African organisation on tax matters is further developed. One of the outputs here is to have home-grown standards developed and disseminated
• Efficient and effective African tax administrations are fostered
• Knowledge hub on African tax matters is strengthened.One output here is to have databases of existing knowledge, expertise and products created, maintained and disseminated in a timely fashion
• The regional and global dialogue as the African voice in the field of taxation is informed and influenced.
ATAF currently has 38 tax administrations all over sub-Saharan Africa as its members. Among them are also three focal countries of the Austrian Development Cooperation: Burkina Faso, Mozambique and Uganda. These tax administrations and their staff are the target group of this project.
ATAF serves as an African network that aims at improving tax systems in Africa through exchanges, knowledge dissemination, capacity development and active contribution to the regional and global tax agenda. Improved tax systems will increase accountability of the State to its citizens, enhance domestic resource mobilisation and thereby foster inclusive economic growth.
Strengthening domestic resource mobilization, including through international support to developing countries, to improve domestic capacity for tax and other revenue collection, is one of the targets of the Sustainable Development Goals (17.1).
ADA seeks to further this endeavour by supporting the work of the African Tax Administration Forum (ATAF). ADA’s contribution is based on ATAF’s Strategic Plan for the period 2016 – 2020.
The African Tax Administration Forum is an international pan- African organisation that is providing its members with the most up-to-date activities, technical guidance and creative topics for discussions at a continental level. It also provides a voice for African countries on regional and global platforms and for influencing the international tax debate.
Africa focuses significantly on mobilising domestic resources and tax administration for its development and for achieving the SDGs. Efficient and effective tax administrations help to foster a culture of compliance and participation in the enhancement of the state-citizen relationship. This directly contributes to SDG 16 and 17.
ATAF is based in South Africa. It is financed by the South African Revenue Service, member ship fees and several development partners (pool funders and specific donors). Among them are inter alia, the African Development Bank (AfDB), Finland, Denmark, the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the German Agency for International Co-operation (GIZ), Irish Aid and the State Secretariat of Economic Affairs (SECO).