Illicit Financial Flows and Development, Tanzania

Tanzania country study of illicit financial flows

The project was commissioned by the Bank of Tanzania and funded by the Government of Norway. It involved 5 one-month visits to Tanzania, four months of research off-site (at least!), copious fact-finding and research (including into how others have estimated illicit financial flows), and many meetings in Tanzania with government, agencies and the private sector.┬áDr Ameth Soloum Ndiaye was the International Technical Adviser and hails from from University of Dakar, Senegal. I was International Project Manager. The report was submitted to Bank of Tanzania in early 2016, after presentation to the project’s Advisory Board in December 2015. The report is not being published.

I learned a lot about how such illicit financial flow country studies might best be undertaken in future. The UN Sustainable Development Goals (especially Goal 16, target 4) are likely to drive the need for a common research approach. In my view, it would be best if this approach focused on crime-based activities that lead to net cross-border resource losses and can be seen (and thus resonate) in-country. I am keen to discuss how this might be done, as well as why approaches deployed in multinational and country studies to date have been inadequate or misleading.