CAMPAIGN AGAINST TAX HAVENS

With so much doom and gloom around us, it’s always cheering to come across people trying to make the world a better place.

Christian Aid has launched the End Tax Haven Secrecy campaign, and is asking G20 leaders to act on tax dodging – which costs poor countries more each year than the entire global aid budget.

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CA partner INESC in Brazil has released a report that reveals that every year, tax dodging costs Brazil 9% of GDP – nearly twice what the government spends on public education.

The Nicaragua Tax Alliance has presented tax reform proposals showing that the country must increase its tax collection by 4% of its GDP to meet its Millennium Development Goals in education.

CA is talking to several international companies, with the result that Intercontinental Hotels Group has agreed to work with them towards bringing about change for the world’s poorest people.

CA is ramping up pressure on our government leaders ahead of the G20 meeting in November, demanding that they stop companies hiding their profits in tax havens.

They are wanting people to join the campaign, to be found at
christianaid.org.uk/G20.

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8 thoughts on “CAMPAIGN AGAINST TAX HAVENS

  1. I agree entirely with the point of view you have put forward here. Opting out of political activity can lead to much more dreadful things happening. Your words critical mass are very well chosen.

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  2. The governments involved invariably waste the money raised and spend it on all sorts of unchristian things. Quite why Christian Aid wants to get itself involved in such activities is beyond me.

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    1. I think there are various answers to that: if we don’t do anything, then nobody is standing up for the poor and for justice, which is what Christian believers consider important because that is our understanding of the nature of God:
      if ‘we’ work at national and international level, with big business and governments, then the influence generated is more likely to have a positive effect:
      CA and other reputable charities always work with local partners, who can keep an eye on things and step up protest if necessary:
      it’s a case of building a ‘critical mass’ to create the necessary change of policy.

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