The Kilimanjaro Declaration

Africans Rising is a growing and self-selecting collective of social movements, NGOs, peoples and popular social justice movements, intellectuals, artists, sports people, cultural activists and others, across the continent and Diaspora. People who have given input to the development of the movement agree that African unity reflected by greater social, political and economic integration is critical for Africa and its peoples, nations and nationalities – a united civil society should be the vanguard of such a movement for justice, peace & dignity.

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The Kilimanjaro Declaration

We, the citizens and descendants of Africa, as part of the Africans Rising Movement, are outraged by the centuries of oppression; we condemn the plunder of our natural and mineral resources and the suppression of our fundamental human rights.

We are determined to foster an Africa-wide solidarity and unity of purpose of the Peoples of Africa to build the Future we want – a right to peace, social inclusion and shared prosperity.

On 23-24 August 2016, two hundred and seventy two representatives from civil society, trade unions, women, young people, men, people living with disabilities, parliamentarians, media organisations and faith-based groups, from across Africa and the African diaspora gathered in Arusha, Tanzania and committed to build a pan-African movement that recognises these rights and freedoms of our People.

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THE CONFERENCE DECLARED THAT:

  1. Africa is a rich continent. That wealth belongs to all our People, not to a narrow political and economic elite. We need to fight for economic development that is just and embraces social inclusion and environmental care. We have a right to the ‘better life’ our governments have promised.
  2. Africans have a diverse, rich and powerful heritage that is important to heal ourselves and repair the damage done by neoliberalism to our humanity and environment.  Being African, embracing the philosophy of Ubuntu should be a source of our pride.
  3. African Youth are a critical foundation of building the success in our continent and must play a central role in building Africans Rising.
  4. Africa’s Diaspora whether displaced through slavery and colonialism or part of modern day migration are part of Africa’s history and future. They are a reservoir of skills, resources and passion that must be harnessed and integrated into our movement.
  5. We are committed to a decentralised, citizen-owned future that will build support and solidarity for local struggles, empower local leadership and immerse our activists in grassroots work of building social movements from below and beyond borders.
  6. We are committed to building a citizens movement that is accountable to the constituencies we represent and enforcing the highest standards of ethical behaviour.

 THEREFORE, WE RESOLVE THAT OUR WORK SHOULD BUILD A LOCAL, NATIONAL, CONTINENTAL AND GLOBAL CAMPAIGN THAT IS:

  1. Expanding space for civic and political action
  2. Fighting for women’s rights and freedoms across society
  3. Focussing our struggles on the right to Equity and Dignity
  4. Demanding good governance as we fight corruption and impunity
  5. Demanding climate and environmental justice

CALL ON OUR PEOPLE AND ACTIVISTS TO:

Jointhis Africans Rising Movement and mobilise our people around this shared vision; organise and connect local struggles under this umbrella; galvanise solidarity with all African struggles. This movement is committed to peace and non-violent action. We assert our inherent rights as Africans and invite our governments, leaders, other stakeholders and institutions to join us in pursuing the Future We Want to leave our future generations.

We commit to mobilising our people in Africa to launch this Movement on the 25th May, 2017, when we deepen the meaning of African Liberation Day and call on all sectors of our society to mobilise and organise events in every African country that will build the momentum towards the genuine liberation of our beautiful continent.

As the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) hold their Spring meetings in Washington, DC, billions of dollars due to African nations are illicitly leaving the continent.

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Africans Rising for Justice, Peace and Dignity, an emerging pan-African citizens’ movement, condemns the World Bank’s and IMF’s lack of action on and complicity in illicit financial flows from Africa and calls on them, as well as African governments and regional bodies, to act to #StopTheBleeding of African wealth now.

According to the Economic Commission for Africa, illicit financial flows from the continent could be as much as $50 billion a year. That amounts to approximately double the official development assistance that Africa receives.  The well documented Africans Rising for Justice, Peace and DignityPanels concluded that “Africa loses more in illicit outflows than it gains in aid and foreign direct investment”.

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Multinational corporations are the main drivers of illicit financial outflows, through practices such as trade mispricing, under-invoicing of exports, exaggeration of import values and general tax avoidance schemes.

Illicit financial flows are robbing the continent of much needed resources for economic development, education, healthcare, climate mitigation, infrastructure development and other essential services.  These vital resources could help create the quality jobs our young people throughout the continent crave.  Instead, we see the steady flow of money to illegal tax havens and shadowy offshore bank accounts as well as through corruption and tax avoidance.

We also see the World Bank and IMF, and many of our governments, promoting a neoliberal agenda and a globalTRADE SYSTEM that promotes this plunder.

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We, the citizens and descendants of Africa, as part of this emerging movement, are outraged by illicit financial outflows and the centuries of oppression. We condemn the plunder of our natural resources and the suppression of our fundamental human rights.

Said Kumi Naidoo, Africans Rising Launch Director: “The neoliberal agenda has created a continuous cycle of debt and depletion.  Illicit financial flows continue a pattern of exploitation, feeding the greed of elites at the expense of the people.”

South African human rights activist and international executive director of environmentalist group Greenpeace Kumi Naidoo gives a press conference in Helsinki, Finland, on October 15, 2013, on the current situation of detained Arctic Sunrise ship activists who are charged with piracy and held in Murmansk, Russia. Among the detained activists is Sini Saarela from Finland.      AFP PHOTO / LEHTIKUVA / Milla Takala *** FINLAND OUT ***        (Photo credit should read MILLA TAKALA/AFP/Getty Images)

“We condemn the World Bank and the IMF for their silence and complicity on this issue. The Africa we want uses the continent’s vast resources in the interest of her people and future generations, “ said Naidoo.

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