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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.

In Bangladesh, Banzaid’s local partner is Baptist Aid-BBCF . Baptist Aid is the aid and development department for the Bangladesh Baptist Church Fellowship (BBCF), who are a national organisation of Baptist Churches. In February Banzaid manager, Paul Thompson, visited Bangladesh for the Centenary...
In January I spent the week in Malaysia, at meetings of the Asia Pacific Baptist Federation. The APBF represents 60 different Baptist groups in 22 countries with over 33,000 local churches. The conference was a meeting of three subcommittees within APBF – Theology, Mission and Development. I was there for...
The Council for International Development (CID) is the umbrella body for New Zealand organisations working in aid and development. A recent press release predicts that 2019 will be a challenging year for New Zealand aid organisations. Conflicts, natural disasters, refugees, climate change and growing...