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The Make it Happen campaign was launched in 2018 and is an initiative of faith actors, youth and civil society organisations in Eastern and Southern Africa to put tax justice on the agenda.
The campaign was borne out of the need to address economic inequality between countries and within countries, and contributes as such towards realisation of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. Economic inequality is a major challenge of development and exclude many people from common goods and services that could secure their fundamental rights and welfare
Today, the richest 1% own more of the world’s wealth than half of the world’s population. Southern Africa has the highest levels of inequality in Africa, and is among the most unequal regions in the world. Many countries in this region face similar social, economic and political challenges.
African countries such as Angola, Botswana, Zambia and South-Africa have especially high levels of inequality. It is a region endowed with substantial natural resources. However, governments struggle to have proper mechanism in place to properly tax the extractive industries, including the mining sector, which could generate enough finances to eradicate poverty and redress inequality.
From a faith perspective, the economy is a means of securing the fullness of life, as intended in God’s care of all of creation. The earth and all that is in it belong to God (Psalms 24:1), and there is enough for all our needs if we share God’s resources .
Human beings are created in the image of God and entrusted as God’s stewards for the creation, giving us a mandate to promote a society that fulfills God vision for the whole creation and human kind (Gen 1:26-36), hence theologically, social development is to work for a just society for all because the lack of socio-economic justice is the cause of the many socio-economic problems we face today. “How many populations have We destroyed, which were given to injustice”, Qur’aan 22:45 warns.