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pdf The Hole in the Pocket

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pocket 50This report from ActionAid looks at unpaid corporate taxes as the missing link in development finance. "Christian Aid estimates, on the basis of figures quoted by the World Bank, that corporate evasion through abuses of trade pricing costs developing countries around $160bn each year - which if spent according to current patterns would, among other things, avert the deaths of around 1,000 children under-five every day." Alex Cobham of Christian Aid and Anna Thomas of ActionAid continue: "Our analysis also shows that the same lack of transparency and use of tax havens that make these abuses possible are also responsible for the financial crisis which is now hitting the poorest hardest."

pdf Economic Greed is a Spiritual Crisis

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greed 50This is a 2008 article by Ann Pettifor, published in the Guardian, and used by Micah Challenge as a prayer issue in November 2008

pdf A New Debt Crisis

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crisis 724x1024As the financial crisis leads us into a deep recession at home, what impact is the economic downturn having on the world’s poor, and in particular what might be the consequences for developing country debt? This report is intended as a wake-up call to anyone who thinks the developing world debt crisis has been resolved.

Globally there has been a fierce outbreak of measles this year. Parts of Africa have been badly hit. We saw it ourselves in New Zealand with a surge in cases earlier in the year. However in recent weeks the news from Samoa has been devastating. By early December over 50 children have died from the measles...
The Murshidabad District is one of the poorest in West Bengal. Trafficking agents prey on this poverty to trap young women into the brothels of Kolkata. The key target of the Murshidabad programme was the creation of employment opportunities in the District for women assessed as being at risk of being...
Missions have always seen development activities as an essential part of what we do. Schools, hospitals, agricultural programmes, disaster relief activities have been an integral part of mission activity. On a spiritual level, this has been a part of our calling to follow Christ's example of compassion to...