• EJN seeks Project Manager

    The Economic Justice Network (EJN) of FOCCISA is looking for a Project Manager for its Inequality Project. EJN isworking on an Inequality in South Africa Project. The objective of this project is to enable the multi-thematic Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) and networks in South Africa to have collective capacity to engage in multi-stakeholder dialogue and influence global policy-making fora, with a particular focus on issues of inequality.

Submission on Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (BEPS) to the Davis Tax Committee

Following the formation of the Davis Tax Committee, sub-committees were established to focus on specific tax-related issues, according to the terms of reference (attached). CSO’s are instrumental in policy processes and therefore, we have undertaken to tackle particular issues under the sub-committees of base erosion and profit shifting (BEPS) and mining extractives and tax, respectively, in order to produce two respective submissions to these sub-committees. The purpose of this meeting was to provide recommendations for the sub-committees from a CSO perspective. This was further highlighted by presentations from Savior Mwamba (TJN-A) and Thembinkosi Dlamini (Oxfam GB).

Click here to read the full submission: SUBMISSION_TO_THE_BASE_EROSION_AND_PROFIT_SUBCOMMITTEE.pdf

 

SA Civil Society and Public at Large Need to Influence Int. Relations

EJN’s tax justice officer, Michelle Pressend, took part in the first Civil20 which was held in Moscow, Russia from the 13th to 14th June 2013. Russia was the first of G20 chair-countries to hold the C20 meeting in its current format. The main objective of the C20 was to initiate productive dialogue of the global civil society, politicians and individual decision-makers, on the basis of the priorities formulated in the official agenda of the Russian presidency. The idea being that in accordance with the recommendations of the C20, substantial changes can be made in the final communiqué of the leaders of the G20. Below is an opinion piece by Michelle on how the first C20 went. This article was published by The South African Civil Society Information Service.

By Michelle Pressend
In mid-June, Russia, in it’s role as President of the Group of Twenty Countries (G20), hosted the first Civil Summit (C20) in Moscow in the run up to the G20 Summit that will take place in September this year. The C20 is a gathering of civil society organisations that were brought together, ostensibly, to inform the upcoming G20 discussions.

The C20 joins the ranks of the business lobby: B20 and labour: L20. There is also a group of think tanks called the T20 and recently the youth lobby organized as Y20. Australia has also proudly announced the hosting of a C20 when it takes over the presidency of the G20 next year.

The G20 is one of a new generation of global groupings that have overlapping memberships and varying self-interests. As a result, country positions vary depending on the agenda of their group. South Africa is not only a member of the BRICS grouping (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) and the G20, but is also the only African country represented at these forums.

The BRICS is significant in terms of its geo-strategic purpose, potentially constituting a prime countervailing source of power against the established hegemonic powers of the G8 (Group of Eight countries) consisting of the world’s largest developed economies. The G20 is largely seen as an extension of the G8. It was established to address the global financial crisis and includes the world’s largest emerging economies.

The meetings of these self-appointed global groupings are important because foreign relations are fostered when they take place. At the same time, critical global economic matters are discussed. Read more.

 

Our Fellowship

The Economic Justice Network is a project of FOCCISA, representing 11 National Christian Councils: Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

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Our Organisation

Our vision is to harness the resources of the southern African region for all of its people, with a view to bringing about economic justice through the transforming agency of Christians compelled by the gospel of Jesus Christ.  

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