South Africa is among the top 20 countries in the world affected by illicit out-flows. According to recent estimates from Global Financial Integrity, SA has lost more than 100.7 billion dollars over for the period 2002- 2011. South Africa is ranked number 13 in terms illicit out-flows among developing countries.

The goal of this project is to reduce illicit financial flows in South Africa. Curbing illicit financial flows remains paramount in raising and retaining domestic resources for national and regional development. Against the background of the billions dollars that Africa is losing through illicit financial flows (Global Financial Integrity 2013; Mbeki Report, 2015), African Monitor has undertaken to work with policy makers, civil society and citizens in Africa in general and South Africa in particular to deepen understanding on the subject.

Work on illicit financial flows aims to achieve the following objectives:

1. An enhanced understanding of illicit financial flows among civil society and policy makers in South Africa;

2. An increased demand for reduction of illicit financial flows by civil society;

3. Consolidated information and messages on illicit financial flows informs policies and systems for improved control of illicit financial flows in South Africa.


Consolidating existing information and Research on Illicit Financial Flows, through:

1. Scoping, gathering, consolidating and disaggregating (where possible) existing studies and information on illicit financial flows in South Africa;

2. Simplifying and publishing information and research from key organisations such as Global Financial Integrity, UNECA, AfDB;

Strengthening the existing coalition of CSO’s in South Africa working on financial accountability and transparency by introducing data, knowledge and advocacy on illicit financial flows, though:

1. Developing an information kit to improve CSO understanding and messaging on illicit financial flows;

2. Reviewing emerging data, develop collective messaging, and joint strategy for fighting illicit flows;

3. Continuously sharing new information with relevant stakeholders.

Advocating and communicating for Policy Change, through

1. Generating key messages and developing targeted and specific proposals for policy and systems’ reform on illicit financial flows to resonate with the South African policy makers and citizens

2.Facilitating engagements between African Monitor’s high level advocates (the Togona) and key high level policy makers and business leaders on reducing illicit financial flows;

3. Developing and implementing a focussed campaign to raise awareness on illicit financial flows in South Africa, especially through the use of dialogue and media.

Development Support Monitor (DSM)

The African Monitor (AM) has set as one of its core objectives monitoring of development funding commitments by African governments and its development partners, and assessing the utilization of the funds towards grassroots development. The Development Support Monitor (DSM) is designed to enhance accountability through providing information on commitments and delivery of development support by African Governments and development partners. The DSM 2007 focused on establishing baseline matrix, DSM 2008/09 focused on Agriculture and food security, DSM 2010 focused on the MDG review Process, and DSM 2011 focussed on unlocking the African moment. The DSM approach is based on the understanding that enhanced social accountability could contribute to increased development effectiveness through improved alignment and effective delivery. The DSM could serve as an effective social accountability tool by generating relevant data/ information on development resource flows and building a credible evidence base that will serve to hold African