The International Tax Justice Academy (ITJA) 2020 is meant to commence on 22nd June and run through till the 3rd July 2020. Last year, the ITJA was held in Dakar, Senegal but due to COVID-19, ITJA 2020 will be a virtual training.
ITJA is a capacity building program launched in 2014 under the umbrella of the Tax Justice Network Africa (TJNA). The academy was started as a Pan-African initiative to bridge an existing knowledge gap on tax justice in Africa. And since then they have been on course to achieve the goal.
ITJA’s main objectives this year is to encourage the participation of tax justice campaigners at national, regional and global levels. The capacity building program is meant to intensify the capability of Civil Society Organizations (CSO), academia, trade unions, researchers, journalists to enlighten and engage citizens on tax justice issues. Furthermore, the training will strengthen evidence-based advocacy, awareness, and distribution of relevant information to increase knowledge-base, influence policy reform, and monitor progress.
The methodology of training will ensure learners grasp the knowledge and meet the TJNA’s aim of increasing participation of CSO and journalists. The training will be hosted on a virtual platform, and the course is structured in a format that utilizes visuals and virtual interactions.
Besides the compulsory reading and video lecture, a live question and answer will be incorporated in a webinar format to allow live engagement. Learners will be assessed, and upon successful completion of the course, the learners will be issued with E-certificates that will be sent both classroom and private emails. The Academy targets English Speakers from all over the continent in the civil society organization, media, trade unions, academia and researcher with an intermediate knowledge on tax justice matters.
The training is part of an effort to help African nations to achieve the objectives of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that were adopted in 2015. African countries have a long way to go, and the 17 SDGs are all integrated; one effect on an area will affect the outcome of the rest and SDGs can only be achieved by initiating a balance between social, economic and environmental sustainability.
ITJA offers skills for sustained advocacy, dialogue and discussion through courses on Illicit Financial Flows (IFFs), tax governance and Domestic Resource Mobilization (DRM) in Africa, supported by research and participation of key players.