Strategic Plan

The Work Plan 2017 is the second of the ATAF Strategic Plan for the period 2016 - 2020, in which organisation identified and defined 4 Strategic Objectives to be achieved within the respective period.  These Strategic Objectives reflect ATAF’s mandate areas and core business.  

The Strategic Objectives are thus the building blocks for the achievement of the organisation’s new Vision, Mission and Objectives. They provide the framework within which ATAF intends to work – or more precisely, in which ATAF intends to deliver its envisaged outputs – over the next five years. Accordingly, the outputs have been formulated to reflect their contribution to the achievement of the Strategic Objectives. Moreover, the indicators have been defined to measure ATAF’s progress in achieving both the objectives and the envisaged outputs. While, the indicators for the objectives are valid for the five-year period, the indicators on output-level will be updated on an annual basis.


The Work Plan 2017 thus presents the Outputs and corresponding Indicators for this year. More importantly, it provides the Key Activities required to deliver the envisaged Outputs as well as the respective budget allocated. 

Objective I:

Output 1: ATAF’S responsiveness and flexibility as an organisation are strengthened and its governance structures are improved 

Indicator 1:   All positions within the Secretariat are systematically filled

Indicator 2:  The ATAF Governance Structures are reviewed and fully functional

Indicator 3:  All meetings of the ATAF decision-making bodies are convened as required 

Output 2: The financial sustainability strategy is enhanced and rolled out 

Indicator 1: ATAF is able to cover its operational costs through membership fees

Indicator 2: Pooled funding is secured to co-finance the ATAF Annual Workplans

Indicator 3: A value-for-money assessment is conducted annually

Indicator 4: Formal donor and development partner consultations are conducted regularly

Indicator 5: Financial sustainability progress reports are presented to members annually 

Output 3: Member engagement mechanisms are strengthened to ensure membership mobilisation and recruitment

Indicator 1:  The member engagement strategy is reviewed and implemented

Indicator 2: Participation of all member categories (active, paying, potential members) is increased

Indicator 3: Media & communication tools are employed more regularly & effectively

Output 4:  Corporate governance and financial frameworks to guide the operation of the organisation are implemented 

Indicator 1:  All ATAF policies and procedures are reviewed and implemented

Indicator 2:  The external audit is conducted annually

Indicator 3:  The Risk Management Strategy is developed and employed annually

Output 5: Continuous strategic review and impact assessment of ATAF activities are implemented 

Indicator 1: A strategic review and impact assessment is presented to Council annuall

Objective II:

Output 1: Sustainable training formats have been institutionalised 

Indicator 1:  At least two (2) regular online courses are conducted annually for members

Indicator 2: At least six to ten (6-10) ATAF technical training courses are conducted each year

Indicator 3: Work is conducted to establish ATAF regional training capabilities in at least two (2) sub-regions by 2020

Indicator 4: Graduate at least 150 students from the ATAF Executive Masters in Taxation programme by the end of 2020 


Output 2: Appropriate technical support and advisory services are offered

Indicator 1: A fully-staffed technical assistance unit, with approved budgets, procedures & processes, is institutionalised and operational within the Secretariat

Indicator 2: At least ten (10) technical assistance interventions are conducted per year

Indicator 3: An international taxation programme is developed and implemented 


Output 3: Peer learning activities among the members are institutionalised 

Indicator 1: Approved member networks (focus areas) are established

Indicator 2: A system to facilitate secondments and study tours among members is in place and fully operational


Output 4: Home-grown standards are developed and disseminated 

Indicator 1: At least two (2) models / standards relevant to tax administration are developed annually 

Objective III:

Output 1:  Mechanisms to gather member inputs on African tax priorities are developed

Indicator 1: A members’ needs assessment is conducted twice during this strategy period

Indicator 2: A platform for the delivery of inputs is put in place 


Output 2:  Knowledge that is demand-driven and based on home-grown solutions is produced

Indicator 1: The ATAF Secretariat conducts five (5) research projects per year

Indicator 2: ATAF steers ten (10) coordinated research projects per year

Indicator 3: An African Multidisciplinary Tax Journal is produced annually


Output 3:  Databases of existing knowledge, expertise and products are created, maintained and disseminated in a timely fashion 

Indicator 1:  Tax statistics of member countries are annually updated

Indicator 2: Good practices are updated regularly

Indicator 3: A library of existing regional and international research is annually updated

Indicator 4: An online database of accredited & available technical experts is in place

Indicator 5: All products are disseminated to relevant stakeholders within three months of production 

Objective IV:

Output 1:  An approach to harness tax priorities of various continental organisations, such as the African Regional Economic Communities (RECs), is implemented 

Indicator 1: A consultative strategy to enhance tax engagements with African multilateral organisations is developed for each region 

Indicator 2: At least 2 regional consultations are conducted per year on specific tax issues


Output 2:  The ATAF Technical Committee Working Programme is established 

Indicator 1: The required Technical Committees (TCs) are identified and approved

Indicator 2: The structures and Terms of Reference for the identified TCs are developed

Indicator 3: The TC Working Schedule is implemented annually

Indicator 4: Technical Guidelines / Standards are developed by the TCs 


Output 3:  Mechanisms to present African positions in regional and global tax dialogue are implemented 

Indicator 1:  Discussion documents on key global tax issues are made available for comment 

Indicator 2:  ATAF Guidelines / Standards are published once approved 


Indicator 3: Presentations are made at ATAF General Assemblies, ICTAs and other international platform

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