The East Africa Tax and Governance Network (EATGN) emerged out of a Relay workshop held in November 2009 with support from CommGAP in Naivasha, Kenya to ‘increase stakeholder engagement and public debate on tax and governance in Kenya.’ A network steering committee was created thereafter comprising of civil society and research players with a presence in the region. Namely, Tax Justice Network-Africa, Panos Eastern Africa, Panos London, Society for International Development, Centre for Governance & Development/National Taxpayers Association, Institute of Economic Affairs, and Action Aid International Kenya.
The purpose of the EATGN is to promote new and sustained multi-stakeholder dialogue and media debate in Kenya and across East Africa on governance and taxation issues informed by research and inclusive of a wide variety of voices with links to national, regional and international research and civil society networks.
The objectives for the network are as follows:
- To support and formalise linkages between media, civil society and research organisations with an interest in tax and governance issues
- To provide contacts, sources, analysis and credible, high quality information on tax and governance issues
- To increase the quality and frequency of media reporting on tax and governance issues
- To increase communication between research organisations and other actors in society – media civil society, policy-makers and wider publics – ensuring that research agendas are relevant to publics and research findings are accessible to non-specialist audiences
- To provide spaces and platforms for genuinely inclusive dialogue around key tax and governance issues for the region – both online and face to face
- To expand the network across countries in the East African Community (EAC)
The EATGN is involved in the current DFID-funded project on tax and governance in Kenya, an acts as an advisory group.