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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 June I had the great privilege of representing New Zealand Baptists at the celebrations of 70 years of Baptist work in Papua New Guinea. Those 70 years have been a period of enormous change as PNG’s many tribes and people have worked to become a nation. It is many years since NZBMS had staff there, but I...
The Council for International Development (CID) is the member body for New Zealand development organisations. CID conducts an annual survey of members around issues like how many employees we have, where we work, and what our funding sources are. This year’s report was published in July. Here is a summary...
Most of the world’s hungry now live in middle-income countries. More than 75% of the world’s hungry, 78% of stunted children, and 64% of the extreme poor live in middle-income countries. “The level of severe food insecurity is almost three times higher in countries with high-income inequality compared with...