The Zacchaeus Tax (ZacTax) campaign, which formed part of the New International Financial and Economic Architecture (NIFEA) initiative promoted by CWM and several ecumenical partners*, will be relaunched among churches in South Africa on 20 May 2023. The event will offer faith-rooted African perspectives on just taxation and reparations, and share concrete proposals to advance corporate and wealth taxation as well as social and ecological reparations.
Targeted at ensuring that the campaign is informed by tax justice issues in the African region, this relaunch also aims to strengthen connections between church actors and tax justice networks and activists, as well as between regional ecumenical networks and global ecumenical networks for tax justice.
ZacTax was first launched as a side event at the United Nations (UN) High-level Political Forum on the Sustainable Development Goals in New York in August 2019, and released a toolkit to equip churches to tackle tax justice in November 2021.
The event will feature opening worship on the theme of economic and ecological justice, a panel on tax justice and reparations with a focus on Africa, and a closing ceremony with the ZacTax Calls. Up to 20 regional experts in tax justice and regional church leaders and actors will participate in the strategy meeting to deepen the ZacTax campaign in Africa, while the public event will gather regional and international participants including participants of the WCRC executive committee meeting.
*Lutheran World Federation (LWF), World Communion of Reformed Churches (WCRC), World Methodist Council (WMC) and World Council of Churches (WCC).
Organised by All Africa Conference of Churches (AACC), Council for World Mission (CWM), Lutheran World Federation (LWF), World Communion of Reformed Churches (WCRC), World Methodist Council (WMC), and World Council of Churches (WCC)