KEY RESULT AREA: INCLUSIVE AND ACCOUNTABLE REVENUE MOBILISATION AND UTILISATION
The EAC countries, like other countries need to mobilize resources in order to provide social services and infrastructure for their citizens, in line with their national development plans, the SDGs and Agenda 2063. These resources can be acquired through aid, debt, and domestic resource mobilization. Currently, the mechanisms and modalities of the international aid system is changing as aid is increasing being used to leverage private sector investment at the expense of addressing poverty challenges of the most vulnerable. Therefore, Domestic Resource Mobilization (DRM) remains the most sustainable way of financing development.
Currently, DRM in the region is largely characterized by unfair policies and practices that promote the interests of the corporations and the rich; IFFs through corruption; and limited capacity of the government institutions to equitably broaden the narrow tax base for example through beneficiation of the extractive sector. As a result of these challenges, there has been insufficient resources for EAC governments to finance their national budgets leading to an increasing appetite for borrowing.Read More
This in turn has resulted into unsustainable debt burden further negatively affecting government’s ability to provide social services due to debt servicing.
Over the next five years, SEATINI will raise awareness on the social contract between citizens and the state; enhance the capacity and amplify voices of stakeholders to influence fair, progressive, prudent, and gender responsive resource mobilisation, allocation and accountability policies and practices at sub national, national, regional and international levels.
Our Interventions under the Financing for Development Thematic Area:
Over the years, SEATINI Uganda has been able to build the capacity of over 300 civil society actors on Tax Justice. This is an effort to ensure that citizens appreciate the link between tax and development and are thus able to pay their taxes voluntarily and further take part in initiatives aimed at holding government accountable for the revenue collected. Specifically tailored capacity building sessions have been designed for Civil Society Organisations (CSOs), youth, women, media, private sector and communities at the grassroots, national and regional level
SEATINI continues to undertake research and evidence-based advocacy that identifies the main bottlenecks within tax systems and provides alternative policy proposals for domestic revenue mobilisation, allocation and utilisation at local, national, regional and international level. Our research also allows for comparison of tax policies and practices in different countries.
As part of the efforts to put issues on taxation in the public domain, SEATINI Uganda makes use of different media platforms including radio, TV, print and social media. Through the use of these media channels, we are able to raise awareness and gather citizens’ opinions on tax policy which are fronted during advocacy.
Alliance Building and Networking
SEATINI Uganda currently hosts and coordinates the Tax Justice Alliance-Uganda a group of like-minded CSOs working towards a fair, just and accountable tax system in Uganda. SEATINI Uganda is also a member of national, regional and global networks on tax such as Civil Society Coalition on Oil and Gas (CSCO), the East Africa Tax and Governance Network (EATGN), Tax Justice Network Africa (TJNA) and the Global Alliance for Tax Justice (GATJ). Through these networks and partnerships, SEATINI Uganda is able to work with other CSOs to advance the Tax Justice Agenda at the Local, National, Regional and Global Levels.
SEATINI Uganda continues to engage with various Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) some of which include the Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development, Parliament of Uganda, Uganda Revenue Authority, Local Government Finance Commission in order to advance revenue mobilisation alternatives aimed at government adoption of progressive and accountable tax policies in Uganda. As part of the efforts towards engaging citizens in policy advocacy, SEATINI Uganda with other CSOs under the Tax Justice Alliance Uganda has previously held campaigns such as the Campaign against Harmful Tax Incentives in Uganda, Campaign against Taxes on Mobile Money and over the Top services.