The African Tax Administration Forum (ATAF) promotes efficient and effective tax administration in Africa. It is a regional member-based network of African tax administrations, it facilitates cooperation among African tax administrations and other relevant and interested stakeholders by serving as a platform where progress, challenges and new directions for African tax policy and administration are being addressed and improve the living standards of the people of Africa.
ATAF comprises of 40 member states and has been growing steadily since its inception in 2009, it provides relevant services to its members and represent their interests in international tax debates.
The partnership between GIZ and the African Tax Administration Forum (ATAF) through the Tax Administration and Policy work area, has produced the Executive Master’s in Taxation (EMT), a higher education training programme, tailor-made for African executives, tax administration and policy officials in the African continent.
To foster effective tax administration and provide appropriate training such as intermediate and advance tax audit courses for tax officials, GIZ supports ATAF in introducing e-learning programmes customised to the specific needs of tax officials. It also assists ATAF in its planning and research activities, and in setting up the African Tax Research Network (ATRN) in order to establish a dialogue among tax academics.
Learn More about ATAF, visit https://www.ataftax.org/
The Collaborative Africa Budget Reform Initiative (CABRI) is an intergovernmental organisation that provides a platform for peer learning and exchange for African ministries of finance, budget and planning. Since its inception, CABRI has investigated what works, what doesn’t and under which circumstances from the perspective of the practitioner. CABRI understands that context matters, and it acts as a catalyst for change within countries.
Knowledge exchange and peer learning are key concepts in budget reform activities. Through the Budget Reform work area, GIZ has been assisting the Secretariat of CABRI in conducting a series of joint country case studies, where by one country analyses a peer country’s public financial management systems and processes. CABRI also receives support in establishing sector policy dialogues and knowledge exchange platforms, in expanding the services it offers to its member countries. CABRI developed and launched an interactive, user-friendly and up-to-date online Public Finance Management (PFM) Hub in 2016. This portal enables budget officials to post and access government budget information, and it serves as a platform where CABRI can disseminate the work it produces.
Learn More about CABRI, visit https://www.cabri-sbo.org/
The African Organisation of Supreme Audit Institutions (AFROSAI) was created in 1976, in order to enhance the technical and institutional capacities of supreme audit institutions in Africa and to foster cooperation among national supreme audit institutions across the continent. It acts within the framework of the International Organisation of Supreme Audit Institutions (INTOSAI). AFROSAI comprises of five organs: The tri-annual General Assembly includes representatives from all member institutions and sets the organisation’s framework for action. The Board of Governors has seven members and serves as executive organ. Administrative tasks are carried out by the General Secretariat, which also ensures communication among member states. The Sub-Regional Working Groups are divided into three language groups: English (https://afrosai-e.org.za/), French (http://www.crefiaf.org/ ) and Arabic (http://www.arabosai.org/Ar/ ). Content-related work is provided by the relevant Technical Committees.
The External Audit work area has worked with AFROSAI in various initiatives and programmes such as the development of a Gender Strategy focusing on supporting women to rise to decision-making positions, and established the Women Leadership Academy (WLA) and the Public Management Finance Framework Tool.
Learn more about AFROSAI, visit https://www.afrosai.org/
The African Organisation of Public Accounts Committees’ (AFROPAC) is a pan-African network of parliamentary committees dealing with the state budget and public accounts. It promotes continental peer-exchange on accountability and legislative oversight and fosters cooperation of member states’ institutional and political system from North, South, East and West Africa.
GIZ aims at strengthening the technical capacities of parliamentary budget specialists by supporting networking and peer learning. One of the mechanisms through which this assistance is facilitated, is AFROPAC. Through the Legislative Oversight work area, GIZ supports the growth of the AFROPAC Secretariat and Executive Committee into a meaningful network that strengthens democratic accountability across Africa.
Learn more about AFROPAC, visit https://afropac.net/
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