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As planned Parenthood association of Zambia in partnership with Global platform Zambia, Today as we were celebrating "International youth day" we had an interactive, educative and awesome session on "Mental health" with youths from our respective societies taking all precautions for covid-19.
Mental health is a psychological, emotional and social wellbeing of a person. Mental health is one of the core values of one's person to make choices, ability to interact with others and articulate our daily issues. In this discussion we talked about importance of positive mental health, signs and symptoms of mental health problems or illness,and also the help that can be rendered to one undergoing mental health problems or illness,lastly but not the least we did mention some of the types of mental illnesses that young people encounter as well as the causes. Therefore it's up to us as young people to be aware of our mental health so as to contribute and impact positively to our societies.HAPPY INTERNATIONAL YOUTH DAY all!!!
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Global Platform Zambia is a youth hub for empowerment and activism open for young people who aspire to make possible change in their society

Youth Training Hub for Empowerment and Activism in Southern Africa

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27/07/2021

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#ZambiaDecides2021

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25/07/2021

What are some of the major potential impacts of Mining in the Lower Zambezi National Park?
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What are some of the major potential impacts of Mining in the Lower Zambezi National Park?
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24/07/2021

Election Video

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17/07/2021

What are some of the major potential impacts of Mining in the Lower Zambezi National Park?
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#protectthezambezibasin

What are some of the major potential impacts of Mining in the Lower Zambezi National Park?
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17/07/2021

ActionAid Zambia through its Youths for Climate Justice Project housed at the Global Platform Zambia will be hosting a Webinar on the following topic:

Climate Finance in Zambia; Where does the money come from and where does it go?

The main speaker is Ms. Yvonne Mulenga – Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist at the National Project Coordinating Unit (PPCR Zambia) – Ministry of National Development Planning.


Register in advance for the webinar:
https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYpdOCsqj8rG9wOocjerDkmuVhBm6RRNVB9



After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

ActionAid Zambia through its Youths for Climate Justice Project housed at the Global Platform Zambia will be hosting a Webinar on the following topic:

Climate Finance in Zambia; Where does the money come from and where does it go?

The main speaker is Ms. Yvonne Mulenga – Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist at the National Project Coordinating Unit (PPCR Zambia) – Ministry of National Development Planning.


Register in advance for the webinar:
https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYpdOCsqj8rG9wOocjerDkmuVhBm6RRNVB9



After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

16/07/2021

Global Platform Zambia is inviting you to a Climate Justice Training Bootcamp Zoom meeting.

Interested individuals should email their:
- Full names
- Age
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To: [email protected]

Global Platform Zambia is inviting you to a Climate Justice Training Bootcamp Zoom meeting.

Interested individuals should email their:
- Full names
- Age
- S*x
- Email Address
To: [email protected]

Photos from Global Platform Zambia's post 16/07/2021

ActionAid Zambia in North-western province embarked on a one day Media training in elections coverage with a key objective of understanding the various audiences in election reporting as we head towards the August 12th polls.

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Photos from Global Platform Zambia's post 16/07/2021

STATEMENT ON NEW ACCREDITATION GUIDELINES FROM THE ELECTORAL COMMISSION OF ZAMBIA

The Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) recently issued an election monitor and observer accreditation notice and standard operating procedures limiting the number of observers and monitors to be accredited per organization in all constituencies due to the Covid-19 situation in the country.

For instance, the ECZ has limited the number of local monitors to be allowed at any time per organization to access some facilities to one only. Political parties and CSOs are expected to each have 2 accredited polling station-based monitors/agents of which only one is expected to go in at any given time.

The ECZ is also demanding that local observers and monitors need to provide proof of registration (certificate of registration/incorporation from Registrar of Societies) indicating that the organization has been in existence for the past three years and evidence of having worked in the Governance sector for the past three years.

We the undersigned Civil Society organizations are of the view that measures put in place have the potential to negatively influence the electoral process and the outcome of the election and ultimately compromise the credibility of an election. Even amidst Covid-19, Electoral Commission of Zambia must seek to balance the potential health risk and the risk and impact of having an election with compromised credibility. Election observation is not only key in improving the quality of elections but also in building public confidence in the honesty and credibility of electoral processes.

We observe that in the accreditation notice issued, ECZ is limiting the number of people to be accredited per organization in all constituencies. ECZ may wish to note that constituencies are not homogeneous as some are very vast. It will therefore be time consuming and costly for political parties, CSOs/FBOs, Independent Candidates to deploy a limited number of monitors and observers to cover an entire constituency. As a result, it will affect the effectiveness of carrying out this important responsibility.

We, therefore, recommend that the ECZ leave it to organizations (Political parties/Independent Candidates, CSOs/FBOs and Media) to decide on the number of persons to be accredited in the Constituencies to be part of specific election activities based on their resources and election monitoring strategy. This is so, especially that only a specific number will be allowed to access the facility at a particular time in adherence to the Covid-19 SOPs. ECZ should also consider increasing the number of monitors expected to be at a particular polling station/tallying center from one to two per organization, especially that they are only expected to be at a particular facility (polling station/tallying/Counting center) for a limited period. Two people will improve the ability to observe any anomaly or issues as opposed to one.

We also note that the process of accrediting local monitors is cumbersome and costly as each monitor is required to submit a certified copy of national registration card (NRC) and three copies of declaration of compliance. The demand for certified copies of registration certificates for organization is inhibitive and must be discarded. ECZ can do vetting using its own system. In any case most of the NGOs monitoring elections are in their system or data base and this may have been directed to new entrants in the monitoring process This is a departure from the previous requirement where monitors were only required to submit uncertified copies of NRCs and one copy of declaration of compliance. We are of the view that the ECZ reverts to the previous requirements for accrediting local monitors and demand a fair engagement of the local stakeholders.

Furthermore, the three years existence of an organizations and working in the governance sector requirement may be a hindrance to the participation of most organizations especially CBOs, social movements and individual activists in the electoral accountability process. ECZ should reduce this to at least 12 months as well as providing for social movements and individual activists, who are key stakeholders in the electoral process, to participate in the process.

It is our expectation that ECZ will revise the accreditation process, reduce the red tapes and guidelines and/or consult the relevant stakeholders, in view of the recommendations from the undersigned CSOs. We are of the view that the recommendations will help in upholding the integrity of the electoral process, promote transparency and ensure that all key stakeholders contribute effectively to the electoral process. This is in full cognizance of the Standard Operating Procedures put in place to undertake elections in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Nalucha Nganga Ziba
Country Director – ActionAid Zambia

For and on Behalf of the undersigned CSOs.

ActionAid Zambia
Foundation for Democratic Process (FODEP)
GEARS Initiative Zambia

14/07/2021

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As one of the ways of curbing and condemning political & electoral violence in Zambia, ActionAid Zambia's Northern Hub and a human rights defender from Muchinga skills in Nakonde yesterday featured on Nakonde Radio's live segment called 'Hot Issues'.

Some of the issues discussed include ActionAid Zambia's position on the electoral violence in Nakonde, causes, effects and AAZ's interventions on elections.

Other issues that were highlighted include the role of young people in elections and election key as.

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13/07/2021

What are some of the major potential impacts of Mining in the Lower Zambezi National Park?
#savezambezisafezambezi
#protectthezambezibasin

What are some of the major potential impacts of Mining in the Lower Zambezi National Park?
#savezambezisafezambezi
#protectthezambezibasin

13/07/2021

#istandforpeacefulandviolencefreeelections
#august2021elections

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#august2021elections

12/07/2021

What are some of the major potential impacts of Mining in the Lower Zambezi National Park?

#savezambezisafezambezi
#protectthezambezibasin

What are some of the major potential impacts of Mining in the Lower Zambezi National Park?

#savezambezisafezambezi
#protectthezambezibasin

12/07/2021

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10/07/2021

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09/07/2021

What are some of the major potential impacts of Mining in the Lower Zambezi National Park?

#protectthezambezibasin #savezambezisafezambezi

What are some of the major potential impacts of Mining in the Lower Zambezi National Park?

#protectthezambezibasin #savezambezisafezambezi

[07/03/21]   Press Release
3rd July 2021

ACTIONAID ZAMBIA STRONGLY CONDEMNS POLITICAL VIOLENCE IN NAKONDE

ActionAid Zambia has noted with great concern the increasing incidences of violence and disorderly conduct associated with political and electoral activities in Nakonde District and wishes to strongly condemn it as it violates the rights of electorates and comprises the peace of the country.

Political party leaders and players must learn to resolve differences through dialogue and must be tolerant of the divergent views of the other political players as provided for by the democratic values and principles enshrined in the Zambian Constitution. Therefore, ActionAid Zambia would like to urge political parties and players to desist from all manner of political and electoral violence that compromises the peace that the country has witnessed over the years.

We encourage all political parties to engage in issue-based campaigns where they clearly share their plans to the voters as opposed to using character assassination campaigns and violence. We expect all political leaders to show genuine leadership by promoting peace, the rule of law, respect for human rights, good governance and unity in Nakonde District for the benefit of all citizens.

ActionAid Zambia further requests political party leaders to engage their sympathisers to desist from electoral violence and instead, provide direction on how to conduct their political activities within the confines of the law. In addition, we call on the Zambia Police and other state law enforcement agencies to act decisively and bring all perpetrators of violence to justice as a way of preserving peace in the District. We expect the police to fairly enforce the public order act as no one is above the law.

Furthermore, we wish to appeal to all traditional leaders to not only promote and preach peace but also counsel all political leaders and party sympathisers against electoral and political violence.
Finally, ActionAid Zambia wishes to call on all young people to strongly refuse to be used as tools for electoral violence in this year’s elections.

Nalucha Nganga Ziba
Country Director - ActionAid Zambia.

03/07/2021

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02/07/2021

actionaid.org

Press Release

2nd July 2021

ACTIONAID’S REACTIONS TO THE NEW OECD BASE EROSION AND PROFIT SHIFTING (BEPS) INCLUSIVE FRAMEWORK.

For some time now, there have been concerns from relevant stakeholders and economic players on the equality and inclusivity of Base erosion and profit shifting (BEPS) frameworks which have been facilitating the loss of tax revenues by most developing countries who heavily rely on corporate tax revenues from multinational companies. Multinational companies have been exploiting gaps and mismatches in tax rules to artificially shift profits to low or no-tax locations where there is little or no economic activity or to erode tax bases through deductible payments such as interest or royalties among other things especially in the digital economy.

The recent study by ActionAid International on the five Big Tech Companies revealed that 20 developing countries could be missing out on as much as $2.8bn in tax revenue from Facebook, Alphabet Inc. (parent company of Google) and Microsoft due to unfair global tax rules. The research further revealed that Zambia is currently losing an estimated $3.5m from the same big five Tech companies in tax revenues annually.

Following the announcement and publication of the OECD new and renegotiated Inclusive Framework on Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (BEPS) framework, ActionAid welcomes OECD recognition of the need to better tax the digital economy and the fact that big tech companies will now make bigger tax contributions.

ActionAid is however disappointed that the vast majority of the additional tax revenue will go to the rich global north countries where most large tech companies are headquartered. Countries in the global south look set to benefit marginally from the re-allocation of taxing rights which aims at ensuring a fairer distribution of profits and taxing rights among countries with respect to the largest MNEs, including digital companies by re-allocating some taxing rights of MNEs from their home countries to the markets where they have business activities and earn profits. This is regardless of whether firms have a physical presence there or not, and barely – if at all – from the global anti-base erosion mechanism which aims at putting a floor on competition over corporate income tax, through the introduction of a global minimum corporate tax rate that countries can use to protect their tax bases.

Therefore, ActionAid is of the view that this deal was negotiated primarily by rich countries only for their benefit and thus calls for all countries to remove their unilateral measures to tax the digital economy, such as digital services taxes, and replace them with the new rules laid out in the re-allocation of taxing rights and the global anti-base erosion mechanism. It is fundamentally unfair to ask countries in the global south to remove their taxation of the digital economy in order to implement a deal that they have not been meaningfully part of negotiating and that they will not be the primary beneficiaries. Countries in the global south should therefore maintain their right to tax digital companies operating in their jurisdictions.

The fact that this new deal will take effect earliest in 2023 and cannot even be reviewed until earliest 2030 is just not good enough. Revenues are desperately needed in the global south to face the challenges of the covid-19 pandemic and to fight poverty and inequality. As such, companies in the digital economy need to be made to pay their fair share of taxes everywhere, including in the global south countries where they operate.

Further, to announce a deal which in many ways amounts to a revenue grab by rich countries at a time when many countries in the global south are struggling to finance the healthcare and economic responses to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic is highly problematic. The recovery should be characterised by increased equality within and between countries. Instead, this deal widens the gap by increasing taxing rights primarily in rich countries.

ActionAid agrees with concerns expressed by ATAF (the African Tax Administrators Forum) who immediately after the publication of the new deal said that ‘political pressure should not be brought on countries to apply these rules.’ ActionAid also agrees with ATAF that, only including profits above a 10% profit margin in re-allocation of taxing rights ‘does not seem like an equitable outcome.’

While the new deal is disappointing, it, however, underlines the need for more comprehensive reforms of the international tax system that will give countries in the global south an equal voice in the negotiation of international tax rules through e.g. a UN Tax Body; and that give increased rights to global south countries to tax companies operating in their jurisdictions, including digital companies.

NOTES
https://actionaid.org/sites/default/files/publications/Mission%20Recovery_ActionAid%20Tax%20Report%202021.pdf

130 Inclusive Framework countries and jurisdictions join a new two-pillar plan to reform international taxation rules – What does this mean for Africa? (ataftax.org)

Nalucha Nganga Ziba
Country Director - ActionAid Zambia

actionaid.org

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