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Tax-Related Illicit Financial Flows: Perspectives from the Global South

The Global South Dialogue on Economic Crimes (GSDEC) is an interdisciplinary platform for advancing dialogue, research, and capacity on economic crimes. The GSDEC is now welcoming guest posts for our website, https://gsdec.network/. We are looking for highly relevant and valuable information to be written for our readers and members on ‘Illicit Financial Flows: Perspectives from the Global South.’ For this call, we are looking to publish six guest posts. The final selected posts will be posted on our website in May 2021. The authors will also gain from the opportunity to be invited as presenters-and-discussants at a webinar to be announced shortly around the topic of ‘Illicit Financial Flows: Perspectives from the Global South.’

About the Blog Post Topic

Illicit financial flows (IFFs) out of Global South countries have become a matter of significant concern because of the scale and negative impact of such flows on the countries’ development, governance, economic and financial agendas. Through the loss of billions of dollars, IFFs negatively affect domestic resource mobilisation by reducing the tax collection base and investment inflows. Generally, IFFs deprive countries of resources that could have been invested in the provision of public goods and services such as education, infrastructure, and health care during a crisis, such as the COVID-19 pandemic. These flows differ across countries and regions and may originate from several sources, such as criminal, commercial, and other activities.

IFFs are recognised globally. In the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, countries are called to significantly reduce illicit financial flows and arms flow, strengthen the recovery and return of stolen assets and combat all forms of organised crime by 2030. Whereas under the Addis Ababa Action Agenda, countries have committed to redouble efforts to substantially reduce IFFs by 2030 by combating tax evasion and corruption through strengthened national regulation and increased international cooperation. Nonetheless, there is still much debate around the definition, nature, measure and how to best tackle IFFs.

It is in this context that we invite scholars, including academics and stakeholders from civil societies, regional and international organisations, national authorities and think tanks that are

interested in or with expertise on the different types of illicit financial flows (IFFs) to submit a blog post on the topic from perspectives drawn from countries in the Global South.

Content

Guest post content should be focused on demystifying the topic of illicit financial flows (IFFs) in the Global South by offering practical and actionable information from various perspectives. Including, how IFFs occur, estimating IFFs, drivers and enablers, national, regional and global efforts to combat them, challenges, impact, recommendations etc. Blog posts should be written from a research and analysis perspective and may include country-level case studies, advocacy opinions, academic and policy dimensions.

 Submissions

Blog Posts: Please send a blog post of between 1000-1500 words. They should be written in an accessible style and references should be hyperlinked. Please also provide a brief bio with your current affiliation and LinkedIn/Twitter link. The deadline for submission is 23rd April 2021.

Submissions should be sent to to [email protected] and [email protected]

For questions or clarifications, please contact [email protected]