10 – 11 July 2023 (Nairobi, Kenya) – PALU participated in the ECOSOCC Annual Citizens Forum that brought together diverse stakeholders with the view of achieving the following:

Highlighting, amplifying, and raising awareness of the existing continental and international frameworks and mechanisms, instruments, and protocols on digital governance.

Creating an inclusive space and platform for African civil society in their various representations and capacities to unpack and examine historical and contemporary issues surrounding democracy and digital governance.

To mobilize and build more partnerships and support among stakeholders, including global and continental institutions CSOs, the media, and academia, in order to foster collaborative efforts towards achieving the AU Agenda 2063 aspiration and targets pertaining to an Africa of good governance.

To create a space for learning and experience-sharing among stakeholders working on the nexus of democracy and digital governance and finally to establish a roadmap by which civil society actors can support the entrenchment of democratic values across the continent.

PALU Chief Executive Officer Donald Deya moderated a session titled The Impacts of Illicit Financial Flows (IFFs) & Governance In Africa. The discussion focused on identifying the assets, including financial resources lost through illicit capital flight and flows to Africa, and the possible recovery and return of these assets with efforts within a broader historical, political, economic, and social narrative to fully understand the implications of IFFs on African communities. The UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), estimates that Africa loses about US$ 88.6 billion annually. It’s important to discuss IFFs due to the fact that IFFs divert resources from social development and raise serious problems for financing development in Africa.


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