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Christian Aid and Institute of Fundraising develop one hundred new fundraisers

January 7 2013 - In a drive to inspire generous giving and ensure a positive future, Christian Aid has invested in some specially tailored training for over one hundred of its regional and headquarters staff. Working with the Institute of Fundraising (IoF), the charity developed a three day classroom-based course which, taken with a short online IoF course, leads to staff being awarded the IoF’s Introduction to Fundraising Certificate.

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Christian Aid Collective invites young people to share a meal and discuss issues of faith and injustice

January 18 2013 - The Christian Aid Collective is to host a series of meals around the country, where young Christians can share food and discuss what they can do together to end global poverty.

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Christian Aid condems shooting of Brazilian landless rights leader

January 28 2013 - Christian Aid has condemned the fatal shooting of Brazilian landless rights leader Cicero Guedes on Saturday. Mr Guedes, 54, a sugar cane cutter, was the leader of the landless people’s movement (MST) and was killed while returning home from a meeting on his bicycle.

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Escalating violence in northern Mali is fuelling hunger in the Sahel

January 25 2013 - The recent escalation of fighting and the subsequent displacement of people within Mali and to neighbouring countries is exacerbating the Sahel’s chronic food crisis and contributing to ever-rising levels of malnutrition, warns Yacouba Kone, Christian Aid’s Mali country director.

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Humanitarian groups: International community is 'failing the people of Syria'

January 29 2013 - On the eve of a key meeting of donor counties, a coalition of six international humanitarian agencies has warned that the UN’s record $1.5 billion Syria humanitarian appeal remains only 3% funded, and some of the world’s richest countries have failed to provide sufficient support.

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Monsoon and Christian Aid help revive the silk industry in Afghanistan

January 28 2013 - An exciting new partnership between high street retailer Monsoon and development agency Christian Aid, which will help revive the two thousand-year-old tradition of silk production in Afghanistan, was announced today. The two-year project aims to lift 1,500 women and their families out of extreme poverty and potentially lead to international market access for silk producers in the country.

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Christian Aid launches new 'Count Your Blessings' mobile app for Lent

February 11 2013 - With Lent beginning on Wednesday February 13, Christian Aid has launched a brand new mobile app to help people pause and think about their lives and those of others around the world.

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Christian Aid urges UK government to continue backing UN peace and security deal for DRC

February 18 2013 - Christian Aid is urging the UK Government to further support the signing and implementation of the United Nations recently proposed DRC and Great Lakes peace and security deal, which was inexplicably stalled at an African Union Summit meeting in Addis on January 28th.

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Help combat tax avoidance across the world, Christian Aid urges UK Government

February 19 2013 - Commenting before the publication of the Public Accounts Committee’s new report on tax avoidance in the UK, Alex Prats, Christian Aid’s Principal Adviser on Economic Justice, said: ‘Tax avoidance is a major problem across the world and it’s especially devastating for developing countries, which lose billions every year as a result of tax avoidance by multinationals.

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Leading Congolese and international NGOs welcome Peace, Security and Cooperation Framework but call for further action

February 24 2013 - A group of prominent Congolese and international NGOs today called on countries in the Great Lakes region, along with their international partners, to ensure that the Peace, Security and Cooperation Framework Agreement signed in Addis Ababa is given the political backing necessary to bring an end to war in the eastern Congo.

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New statement to the G8 from Christian Aid's economic policy advisor

February 16 2013 - Joseph Stead, Christian Aid senior economic policy adviser said today: ‘The G20 must address as an absolute priority the impact of tax dodging in the developing world'.

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UK must not block major bank reform

Thursday 28 February - European Parliament moves to force banks to reveal more about their finances are a huge step towards getting companies to pay their taxes – although the new rules should be extended to other industries, Christian Aid says today.

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84-year-old twins set for 8000 foot sky dive to raise money for Christian Aid

March 7 2013 - A set of 84-year-old twins are teaming up for a charity skydive to raise money for Christian Aid. Pensioners Frank and Ralph Land will be jumping out of a plane at 8000 feet on April 1st - April Fool’s Day - to raise money for some of the world’s poorest people.

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Budget: Historic achievement on aid but missed opportunity on tax dodging

20 March 2013 - Responding to the Chancellor’s Budget today, Christian Aid Director Loretta Minghella said: ‘Today, a 40 year-old promise to the world’s poorest was finally delivered. We congratulate the Government for ensuring that - even in challenging economic times – this country has done the right thing by the hundreds of millions of women and men around the world living in poverty.

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Christian Aid applauds Justine Greening's speech on girls and women

4 March 2013 - 'Christian Aid warmly welcomes Justine Greening's focus to help women and girls have greater choice, voice and control in their lives. This Friday the world marks International Women's Day and today activists, academics, officials and ministers gather in New York for the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW).'

International Women's Day

Christian Aid internship open for applications

15 March 2013 - Christian Aid is looking for people who are passionate about global justice to apply for its 2013/14 internship programme online by 2 April 2013 at www.christianaidcollective.org/how-apply.

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Christian Aid welcomes Government's steps on aid to Rwanda

March 1 2013 - In response to Justine Greening’s decision today to re-programme £16m aid to Rwanda, Christian Aid welcomes the fact the UK aid will once again be reaching the poorest and most vulnerable in Rwanda. It is also pleased that DFID has recognised that Rwanda has breached the principles that guide the UK-Rwanda long-term partnership.

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David Cameron urged to put tax at heart of new plan to tackle global poverty

25 March 2013 - David Cameron and other leaders working on a global anti-poverty plan should ensure it helps poor countries collect the tax billions they are owed, Christian Aid urges today, on the eve of new talks on the plan in Bali, Indonesia.

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DEC announces Syria Crisis Appeal

20 March 2013 - The Disasters Emergency Committee has today announced that it will launch an appeal tomorrow for people affected by the conflict in Syria. The announcement follows a dramatic deterioration in the humanitarian situation since the beginning of the year.

Syria Crisis Appeal

It’s time to make multinationals pay their fair share of tax, campaigners urge

27 March 2013 - The international system for taxing multinationals is broken and out of date, with many loopholes which allow unscrupulous companies to avoid paying their fair share - as the recent Google, Amazon and Starbucks scandals have shown. So say 58 campaigning organisations today, in a response to the OECD’s February report Addressing Base Erosion and Profit Shifting.

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One in three are voting with their wallet following tax revelations

March 1 2013 - Millions of Britons are using consumer power to boycott companies seen to be avoiding their fair share of UK tax, new research reveals.

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The PM can’t afford to ignore environmental risks in setting the post-2015 development framework

22 March 2013 - Next week, the High-level Panel on the post-2015 development agenda meets for the fourth time. Disappointed that David Cameron, one of the co-chairs, will not be attending this meeting, a coalition of the UK’s leading environment and development groups – Christian Aid, Greenpeace, RSPB, WWF and Green Alliance – has warned that the post-2015 framework won’t be fit for purpose if the environmental challenges faced by developing nations are ignored.

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Christian Aid backs faith leaders’ call for action on global poverty

5 April 2013 - Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby and religious leaders from across the G8 countries have called on Heads of Government to follow the UK in fulfilling existing commitments to spend 0.7% of national income on aid, in a letter to the Financial Times.

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Christian Aid Week bites back at hunger

2 April 2013 - Christian Aid Week (12-18 May 2013 www.caweek.org), Britain’s longest running door-to-door fundraising week, will this year be urging the British public to ‘bite back at hunger’ and ask why, in a world where there is enough food for everyone, 1 in 8 people go to bed hungry every night?

Christian Aid Week

EU anti-corruption law welcome but UK must answer ‘difficult’ tax questions

10 April 2013 - Christian Aid gives two cheers today for European moves to tackle corruption by forcing some large companies to come clean about their payments to governments around the world. However, the charity says the UK Government’s failure to push for stronger EU rules means the upcoming G8 will be an acid test of the commitment to tax transparency.

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Growing UK carbon footprint highlights need for global deal

24 April 2013 - The UK’s rise in CO2 emissions despite its efforts to be a world leader in tackling climate change highlights the need for an ambitious international deal to curb greenhouse gases, said Christian Aid today.

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Reforming Pakistani tax system vital – but aid increase to poor should not be at risk

4 April 2013 - MPs are right to say that the UK should strongly encourage Pakistan to raise its disastrously low rate of tax collection – but Christian Aid is concerned by the suggestion that any increase in UK aid be conditional on the country improving its tax system. Rather, UK aid should be used to help with such reform.

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Rowan Williams begins new social justice role as Chair of Christian Aid

25 April 2013 - Dr Rowan Williams, the former Archbishop of Canterbury, becomes Chair of Christian Aid’s Board of Trustees on May 1 with a plea to Christians to become agents of social justice.

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Stop dodging difficult questions on climate, warns Christian Aid

15 April 2013 - World leaders should stop dodging difficult questions on climate change because doing so will only exacerbate the crisis, Christian Aid warns today at the opening of a conference linking climate, hunger and nutrition in Dublin, Ireland.

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Syria's “double refugees” face overcrowding and hardship in Lebanon

2 April 2013 - DEC reaches needs of Palestinian refugees, who risk missing out on vital help. Palestinians who have fled the violence in Syria are facing overcrowding, poor shelter and hardship in Lebanon, aid agencies from the UK's Disasters Emergency Committee said today.

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UK government called on to help address sexual violence in Colombia

23 April 2013 - UK agencies warn that despite some advances made by the current Colombian government, significant human rights concerns persist. They are calling on the UK government to raise the issue of conflict-related sexual violence at a United Nations review in Geneva today of human rights in Colombia.

Sexual violence

World Malaria Day 2013

Fatima Brima, 40, and her son Dalla, 7, sit beneath the insecticide treated mosquito net they sleep together beneath at night, provided by Christian Aid partner ADDRO.

25 April 2013 - this World Malaria Day, Christian Aid's Winnie Ssanyu Sseruma looks at the latest advances against one of the world's biggest killers.

World Malaria Day

An agenda for equitable and sustainable development?

Brazil slums and sky scrapers

31 May 2013: Helen Dennis analyses the much-anticipated report from the High-Level Panel on the global plan to replace the the Millennium Development Goals.

Millennium Development Goals

Angola's poor people hit hard by urbanisation crackdown in Luanda

Children playing in Angola

15 May 2013 - Lilly Peel looks at why forced evictions and illegal housing demolitions have become the norm for people in the overcrowded Angolan capital.

Forced evictions

Christian Aid calls for ‘equity review’ to drive global climate deal

3 May 2013 - Christian Aid is calling for countries negotiating a new global climate change agreement to ensure that fairness towards poor countries with the least responsibility for carbon emissions is central to future negotiations. It wants an ‘equity review’ to determine the emission capping actions each country should take.

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Christian Aid releases £100,000 to help communities affected by Cyclone Mahasen

17 May 2013 - Christian Aid is releasing £100,000 emergency funds to partner organisations in Bangladesh to help them distribute food and provide emergency assistance to vulnerable communities hit by Cyclone Mahasen. Nearly 1.3 million people have been affected, 128,000 homes destroyed and 14 people are dead after heavy rain and cyclone-strength rains hit low-lying coastal regions of Bangladesh on Thursday evening.

Cyclone Mahasen

Christian Aid’s web-doc ‘Big River Rising’ nominated for a Green Award at the Sheffield Doc Festival

Sheffield Film Festival Green Award Etmb

21 May 2013 - The internationally acclaimed Sheffield Doc Festival has nominated Big River Rising, an interactive documentary produced by international development agency Christian Aid, for a Green Award, its category to honour documentaries addressing major environmental challenges.

Green Award

DECC carbon target a step in the right direction, but answers needed

26 May 2013 - Christian Aid welcomes news that the Government is to pursue an ambitious EU carbon capping target, but says a refusal to commit further to renewable energy raises doubts as to how the target can be achieved.

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Enslaved to maize

Conservation farming scheme Etmb

24 May 2013 - Maize is a political crop that has essentially enslaved Malawi. Vitu Chinoko explains why we need to re-think Malawi’s agricultural future.

Maize in Malawi

EU on verge of ‘historic breakthrough’ for tax justice

24 May 2013 - An EU decision, reported late yesterday, that European multinationals will be required to report the profits made and taxes paid in every country where they operate, would, if enshrined in law, be an ‘historic breakthrough’ in battling tax evasion, Christian Aid said today.

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Failure to legislate on aid a ‘broken promise’

8 May 2013 - Christian Aid’s senior UK political adviser Sol Oyuela said today: ‘Failing to enshrine in law the principle that 0.7 per cent of GNI should go on overseas aid is a broken promise.

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Fight tax abuse, don’t raid the aid budget, urges Christian Aid

6 May 2013 - The UK Government should concentrate on helping stop the damage caused by tax abuse in developing countries rather than raiding the aid budget, Christian Aid said today.

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Fundraising: a choice between donations and dignity?

Christian Aid Week advert etmb

22 May 2013 - Britons are more likely to donate to campaigns that help people survive, than thrive. Steven Buckley explains Christian Aid's decision to concentrate our new ad campaign on the upside.

Christian Aid Week advert

High Level Panel: a good start, but increasing inequality can’t be ignored

30 May 2013 - Helen Dennis, Christian Aid’s Senior Adviser on Poverty and Inequality, responds to news of today’s High Level Panel report on the global plan that should follow the Millennium Development Goals when they expire in 2015.

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How tax dodging feeds world hunger

14 May 2013 - The scandal of world hunger could soon be ended if the revenues that developing countries lose through tax dodging were available to them to invest in agricultural development, says a new report from Christian Aid.

Tax injustice

Northern security vacuum deepens plight of Malians at onset of hunger season

28 May 2013 - Mali faces a heightened risk of severe food shortages at the onset of the annual ‘hunger season’, with on-going conflict and its aftermath exacerbating the situation.

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Seventy six-year-old Methodist cycles 600 miles to combat poverty

Colin Brannen on his bike Etmb

28 May 2013 - Former RE teacher Colin Brannen is cycling from Newcastle-Upon-Tyne to London – and back – to join thousands of fellow supporters of the Enough Food For Everyone IF campaign in Hyde Park on Saturday June 8.

Big IF London rally

Tax havens - who pays the price?

Christian Aid partner Chetna Vikas helps to tackle malnutrition in India

16 May 2013 - 'Tax haven' may increasingly be a term of abuse but for multinationals they remain extremely popular places to have subsidiaries. Alex Prats explores - who pays the price for tax havens?

Who pays the price?

The fight for social equality in Brazil

Quilombola community in the Amazon Etmb

6 June 2013 - In the eyes of the world, Brazil is a country of promise, economic growth and influence, but for many people the reality is a stark contrast. Christian Aid partner Julia Esther Castro explains.

Quilombola rights

Thousands forego food to urge G8 to take action on global hunger

22 May 2013 - Thousands of people around the UK – including at least three bishops – are getting ready to go without food to show world leaders their commitment to ending global hunger.

Big IF fast

Tipping Point - Bengal by Gerry Judah

2 May 2013 - Artist Gerry Judah has been commissioned by international development agency Christian Aid to produce a series of works for Tipping Point, a new exhibition about climate change in association with Wolverhampton Art Gallery, which runs from 11 May – 6 July 2013.

Tipping Point art exhibition

UK-linked tax havens must now join countries refusing to hide dirty money

29 May 2013 - Tax evaders will have fewer places to hide their money after nine countries, including tax havens Singapore and Luxembourg, today signed a treaty agreeing to share information about financial account holders.

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Vicar with vertigo set to sky dive for Christian Aid

9 May 2013 - People across the UK will be raising funds for Christian Aid Week (May 12-18) in all kinds of ways – but none will go to the same heights as the Revd Mike Haslam.

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Aid and security in Somalia

3 June 2013 - Christian Aid's Cristina Ruiz responds to the news that the UK and other countries have pledged £50m in aid to Somalia to help rebuild its security forces.

Security in Somalia

Christian Aid launches India floods appeal

26 June 2013 - Christian Aid has launched an emergency appeal to provide assistance to communities and pilgrims affected by flash floods and landslides in northern India.

India floods

Clamp down on UK-linked tax havens key to success of G8

14 June 2013 - UK-linked tax havens are at the centre of a global financial system that encourages crime, corruption and aggressive tax avoidance in developing countries, reveals a new report by Christian Aid as part of the Enough Food For Everyone IF campaign.

UK-linked tax havens

Haiti's problems can't be addressed without greater co-operation and trust

Destruction after the 2010 earthquake

11 June 2013 - With 1.5 million people in Haiti suffering from severe malnutrition, Prospery Raymond reflects on the food crisis in Haiti and what is being done to address it.

Haiti food crisis

Holding aid agencies to account improves value for money

18 June 2013 - Opportunities for local people to hold NGOs to account for their actions have improved in recent years, but there has been little evidence to suggest that they can actually influence the quality and results of aid itself - until now.

Improving Impact

MPs rejection of decarbonisation target 'deeply disappointing'

4 June 2013 - Today’s vote by MPs against setting a decarbonisation target in the Energy Bill is ‘deeply disappointing and a missed opportunity’ said Christian Aid.

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My journey into the tax justice movement

Tax justice bus tour

27 June 2013 - Christian Aid’s country manager for East Africa, Dereje Alemayehu, discusses tax and development.

Tax justice

A view from the ground in São Paulo as the protests in Brazil continue to rage

Poor housing Brazil

28 June 2013 - Christian Aid’s programme officer for Brazil, Ana Rocha, shares her thoughts on the protests in Brazil.

Brazil protests

Spending review: protection of aid is right - and should be enshrined in law

26 June 2013 - Barry Johnston, Senior UK Political Advisor at Christian Aid, comments on the spending review announced by the UK Chancellor George Osborne today.

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The inequality of climate change

Thermal power station West Bengal

13 June 2013 - Press Officer Melanie Smith visited communities in India who are bearing the brunt of climate change.

Adapting to climate change

World Refugee Day

Refugee camp, Baynjan, northern Iraq

20 June 2013 - To mark World Refugee Day, Antoinette Powell, Communications officer for Christian Aid, reports back from her recent trip visiting Syrian refugees in Iraq.

Syrian refugees

Christian Aid fears hunger in floods aftermath

19 July 2013 - Christian Aid fears acute hunger will hit communities devastated by floods in Uttarakhand, northern India which killed at least 6,000 people, and destroyed food supplies and livelihoods.

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Farmers killed demanding land rights in Colombia

Catatumbo Colombian peasants meeting

19 July 2013 - Peace talks are taking place in Colombia, but the reported killing of four unarmed peasants demanding their land rights is a stark reminder that land is the main driver of conflict in the country.

Land rights

G8 decisions could make life very hard for tax dodging companies

Isle of Shady tax haven

5 July 2013 - G8 leaders condemned the 'scourge' of tax evasion, but how much has actually changed for tax dodging companies?

Tax dodging companies

Holiday in Haiti: how tourism could fuel redevelopment

Haiti sea view

26 July 2013 - Haiti may have made headlines for the utter destruction of the 2010 earthquake, but it's also blessed with some of the Caribbean's most beautiful beaches and was once a prosperous, peaceful, and loving place to live.

Hope in Haiti

Living in the midst of a humanitarian disaster: the victims of the Indian floods

Sheela Devi India floods

9 July 2013 - Heavy, incessant rains in India have destroyed homes, damaged roads and caused bridges to collapse. An estimated 11,000 people are still missing.

India floods appeal

Mali elections spark fears of more violence

26 July 2013 - With Mali about to go to the polls in the first round of Presidential elections, Christian Aid urges all parties involved in the process to work towards ensuring the ballot passes peacefully.

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OECD Action Plan on tax dodging is step forward but fails developing countries

19 July 2013 - The new OECD Action Plan against multinationals’ tax dodging is a step forward but fails developing countries, the Global Alliance for Tax Justice, Christian Aid and Oxfam warn today.

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March for justice: seeking land rights for the poor of India

Land rights march India

24 July 2013 - Nine months after the historic victory of India's Jan Satyagraha march for justice, the work is far from over in a country heavily influenced by deep-rooted beliefs of social hierarchy. Find out what happened next.

Land rights

Sierra Leone land grabs increase poverty and food shortages, says new report

26 July 2013 - The rush for farmland by foreign investors engaged in industrial-scale plantation agriculture in Sierra Leone has increased poverty and food shortages among communities who have lost their access to land, new research shows.

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The plight of dalit women: it’s time to end the caste system both in India and the UK

Manual scavenging

17 July 2013 - Caste-based discrimination remains a wide-spread practice across the globe, with an estimated 260 million people considered to be ‘outcastes’ (dalits) worldwide.

Caste system

The urban youth vote: high stakes for Zimbabwe elections 2013

A group of young people in Zimbabwe

30 July 2013 - Young people in Zimbabwe are left disappointed as they queue for hours to cast their vote.

Youth vote

UK government should lead by example over rights of domestic workers

15 July 2013 - Christian Aid welcomes a new UK aid funded programme to tackle the exploitation of domestic workers in South Asia and the Middle East, and says the UK government should back its commitment by supporting an international convention aimed at tackling that exploitation.

Domestic workers

Zimbabwean Church leaders urge world to pray for peaceful elections

24 July 2013 - Church leaders in Zimbabwe have asked Christians around the world to pray for their country, and called for there to be no violence ahead of elections taking place on July 31.

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Chemical-spraying of indigenous people’s land threatens children’s futures

Indigenous Peoples Day

9 August 2013 - An indigenous community in Northwest Colombia, subjected to controversial aerial-spraying of coca crops, is demanding that the government respect their rights, land and their lives.

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Escalating DRC conflict pushes humanitarian situation to crisis levels

2 August 2013 - Despite intermittent peace talks in neighbouring Uganda, the conflict between the DRC national army (FARDC) and the M23 rebel group continues on the ground in eastern DRC.

DRC conflict

Escalating military conflict in Syria: civilians will pay the price

29 August 2013 - As the international community considers its response to the reported use of chemical weapons in Syria, Christian Aid is warning of the humanitarian consequences of escalating military action in Syria. The charity continues to call for a political solution.

Syria crisis

Flooding fears in Pakistan

Pakistan floods

14 August 2013 - With torrential monsoon rains and flash floods claiming at least 80 lives and displacing more than 80,000 people in Pakistan in recent days, Christian Aid has sent funds to provide emergency food for worst-hit communities.

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G20 leaders will need great political courage to win fight against tax dodging

31 August 2013 - G20 governments will need to find great political courage if they are to curb multinationals’ multi-billion tax dodging, campaigners warn today.

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International Youth Day: Brazil's shocking violent death rate

Sao Paulo slums

12 August 2013 - On United Nations’ International Youth Day we look at the extraordinarily high rate of violent death among young people in Brazil.

International Youth Day

Myanmar floods displace thousands

9 August 2013 - Christian Aid has sent funds to provide assistance to communities affected by heavy rain and severe flooding which has devastated south east Myanmar since late July, leaving three dead and forcing tens of thousands to flee their homes.

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Pesticide misuse affects millions each year

Pesticides in Ghana

7 August 2013 - More than 90% of pesticide fatalities are believed to occur in developing countries. Claire Meeghan looks at pesticide use, and misuse, in Ghana.

Pesticide misuse

Public urge crackdown on company secrecy offered by UK and its tax havens

26 August 2013 - The majority of Britons (57%) believe that company owners should not be allowed to keep their identities secret, with most (57%) saying they are suspicious of the owners’ motives where that is the case.

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Quilombola: Another face of tax injustice

Quilombola community leaders

28 August 2013 - There are all too many Amazons and Starbucks out there – rich and powerful companies not paying their fair shares – but tax injustice also has another face: that of poor families facing gigantic bills.

Tax injustice

Wave of Syrian refugees entering Iraq

Syrian refugees in Iraq

30 August 2013 - As the Syrian conflict grows ever deadlier for the country’s civilians, some two million people, a tenth of the population, have now fled as refugees, half of them children.

Syria crisis

World leaders and tax dodging: an absence of will

84% are angry about multinational companies avoiding tax

29 August 2013 - A new Christian Aid poll on tax dodging shows that the British public remain as angry, if not more so, than before the G8.

Tax poll

Christian Aid produce spoof film to engage church youth

23 September 2013 - A new film and spoof campaign, Leftovers For Africa, produced by the Christian Aid Collective to raise awareness of poverty and hunger, has launched today.

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Christian Aid remains deeply concerned at Lobbying Bill

September 7 2013 - Christian Aid remains deeply concerned that despite claims that concessions will be made, the proposed Lobbying Bill could still place huge and complex demands on charities if they are not to fall foul of the law at election time.

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Christian Aid sends funds to help survivors of two earthquakes in a week

Destroyed homes in Awaran District, Balochistan

30 September 2013 - Christian Aid is sending funds to relief organisation and partner Muslim Hands to deliver food, medical kits and tents to survivors of the two earthquakes to hit Pakistan’s south west region in the past week.

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Climate change already happening - world must heed new IPCC climate warnings says Christian Aid

23 September 2013 - Christian Aid is urging governments to heed the warnings of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which publishes its new report on the state of the world’s climate on Friday (27th) September.

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Conference diary – Liberal Democrats, Glasgow

Christian Aid intern Katie Allan posing with Russian dolls used in our tax campaign

19 September 2013 - A round-up of the topics under discussion at the Liberal Democrat party conference in Glasgow.

Tax and green issues

Crisis looms as erratic weather and crop failure put 2.2 million Zimbabweans at risk of chronic hunger

6 September 2013 - Erratic rains and unusual mid-season droughts over the past year have triggered critical levels of crop failure in Zimbabwe, leaving more than two million people in need of urgent food assistance in the coming lean months, according to the World Food Programme (WFP).

Crop failure

G20 makes good progress on tax but only for rich countries, says Christian Aid

6 September 2013 - G20 leaders’ decisions on tax and financial transparency are welcome but they do little or nothing for poor countries, which currently lose some $160 billion a year to tax dodging by multinationals, says Christian Aid.

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G20 tax and transparency rules must work for everyone

Tax march in Bolivia

12 September 2013 - Recent progress made on tax and transparency has been encouraging, but Alex Prats explains why it is important for the voices of developing countries to be heard.

Tax and transparency

Give us a voice over new development goals, say people living in poverty

12 September 2013 - Decisions on a new global plan for ending poverty and protecting the environment must be informed by the voices of poor people, Christian Aid Chair Rowan Williams says in a new report today.

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Can the hidden ownership of companies finally be outlawed?

Uncover the phantom firms: give tax dodgers nowhere to hide

17 September 2013 - Every year, millions of companies are ‘born’, many of uncertain parentage. Join us for an in-depth look at the intricacies of these 'phantom firms' and their devastating effect.

In-depth analysis

International NGOs and legal firms highlight irregularities in controversial Colombian murder case

13 September 2013 - A joint statement by lawyers and international non-governmental organisations highlighting irregularities in the trial of human rights campaigner David Ravelo has been issued today to mark the third anniversary of his arrest.

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IPCC report a stark warning of the need for global climate action

27 September 2013 - The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report released today is a stark warning of the need for urgent global action to avert devastating global warming, said Christian Aid today.

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Conference diary - Labour, Brighton

Labour party conference tax stunt in Brighton

27 September 2013 - Christian Aid took its bucket and spade (and those Russian Dolls) to the seaside this week for Labour's conference in a balmy Brighton.

Conference diary

Major breakthroughs in talks on new global development goals, says Christian Aid

25 September 2013 - Governments have made several major breakthroughs in talks about what should replace the Millennium Development Goals in 2016 – although there are still challenges ahead, says Christian Aid.

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New EU law could help stop natural resource trade fuelling conflict

16 September 2013 - A coalition of 59 non-governmental organisations (NGOs) is calling on the European Commission to pass a strong law to prevent European businesses fuelling conflict and human rights abuses through their purchases of natural resources, such as tin, gold and diamonds. The call comes ahead of draft legislation due to be published by the Commission by the end of 2013.

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The world we want to see: post-2015

India's March for justice

12 September 2013 - The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), while certainly flawed, have ensured that global poverty reduction stays on the political agenda at the highest level. But what have they achieved and what comes next?

After the MDGs

Thousands lose livelihoods as Philippines floods cause more than £7 million crop damage

2 September 2013 - Christian Aid has released emergency funds to local partner organisations to provide essential food and basic household items such as sleeping mats, blankets, and buckets for vulnerable families affected by recent floods in the aftermath of Typhoons Utor and Trami and severe monsoon rains.

Philippines floods

What will the UN General Assembly achieve?

School in Malawi

20 September 2013: Next week world leaders will turn their attention to questions of poverty eradication and sustainable development. Will they start to deliver the transformational change we need?

UN General Assembly

Use your power to find a political solution for Syria, Christian Aid urges G20 leaders

4 September 2013 - With Syria high on the G20’s agenda in St Petersburg this week, Christian Aid is urging that member states work towards a political resolution to the conflict.

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Violence and women in Brazil

Women protest gender violence in Brazil (Photo: Elaine Campos)

26 September 2013: Brazil, a vibrant country of celebration and colour, hides a dark secret. Over the past thirty years nearly 100,000 women have been killed inside their homes.

Violence and women in Brazil

Will 2015 be the year we save the world?

Climate justice now

27 September 2013: Two events this week have enormous implications for people across our planet. The agendas differ widely, but each, in its own way, will help determine the kind of future our world faces.

Climate change

Will Aid celebrates 25th anniversary

2 September 2013 - This November Will Aid, the UK’s most successful charity will-writing scheme, celebrates its 25th anniversary, having raised over £100 million for a range of good causes both in the UK and overseas.

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A huge blow to Nicaraguan women's rights

Protest against reforms to Law 779 in Nicaragua

4 October 2013 - In the past few weeks thousands of women have taken to the streets in Nicaragua, protesting against legal changes that could mean abused women are forced to face their abusers.

Woman's Rights

Christian Aid angered as El Salvador Church closes human rights office

Protest against human rights office closure

11 October 2013 - The Roman Catholic Church in El Salvador last week closed its human rights and legal aid office without notice, putting thousands of human rights abuse victims at risk of never obtaining justice.

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Christian Aid slams Durban violence

9 October 2013 - The on-going brutality by Durban city officials against residents of the densely populated Cato Crest informal settlement has been strongly condemned by Christian Aid local partner organisation, the Church Land Programme (CLP).

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Conference diary - Conservatives, Manchester

Theresa May and Barry Johnston at Conservative Party conference

4 October 2013 - Our advocacy team wrapped up their conference road show with a trip to the northwest for the Conservative gathering. Here's what was said on tax, climate and development.

Climate concerns

Cyclone Phailin left as many people homeless as Hurricane Katrina

24 October 2013 - Cyclone Phailin, which hit the east coast of India last week, has left more than one million people homeless, causing destruction on the scale of Hurricane Katrina, says Christian Aid.

Cyclone Phailin

Cyclone Phailin: More than one million homeless

People eat at a Christian Aid CASA cyclone shelter in India

28 October 2013 - Cyclone Phailin was the biggest storm to hit India in 14 years, yet because few were killed, the story quickly lost the attention of the UK media. So how can charities communicate that there is still a desperate need for funds to help survivors?

India Cyclone Appeal

Dominican Republic court ruling leaves tens of thousands facing a future of statelessness

Milciades has struggled for many years to get full recognition as a Dominican citizen.

17 October 2013 - Following a historical court ruling last week, tens of thousands of Dominicans of Haitian descent face a highly uncertain future, with many at risk of statelessness.

Dominican nationality

Cautious optimism as Colombian peace talks resume

Paramilitaries in Colombia

3 October 2013 - The next round of Colombian peace talks are resuming in Havana, almost a year to the day since the start of the process. Our country manager Thomas outlines his hopes and concerns for the future.

Peace talks

Humanitarian need is huge in Cyclone Phailin aftermath, says Christian Aid

15 October 2013 - Despite a successful evacuation effort that avoided the high death toll which resulted from a 1999 super cyclone, there is still massive humanitarian need in the Indian states of Odisha and Andhra Pradesh, says Christian Aid.

Cyclone Phailin humanitarian need

Christian Aid launches appeal to support people affected by Cyclone Phailin

12 October 2013 - Christian Aid has launched the India Cyclone Appeal in response to Cyclone Phailin, reported to be almost half the size of India, which hit the east coastal states of Odisha and Andhra Pradesh this afternoon.

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Lords vote leaves continued confusion for clean energy investors

29 October 2013 - Dr Alison Doig of Christian Aid comments on last night’s House of Lords vote, in which peers narrowly rejected a proposal for the UK to have decarbonised its power stations by 2030.

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Making tax justice a part of worship – new church resources launched

Reverend Jacob Wandusim, Ghana

10 October 2013 - Tax and financial secrecy may not immediately spring to mind when people think about church worship but Christian Aid is launching a series of resources to help Christians engage with the subject of tax justice.

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Monsoon floods in Cambodia claim 168 lives and displace over 100,000

Cambodia floods

25 October 2013 - A month of monsoon rains and flash floods in Cambodia have claimed 168 lives and left over a hundred thousand people homeless across 20 of the country’s 24 provinces, including parts of the capital, Phnom Penh.

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Rowan Williams heralds ‘brave decision’ to reveal who really owns UK companies

31 October 2013 - The UK Government’s decision to create a new, public register of who owns some 2.5 million companies is a welcome breakthrough in the global fight against tax evasion, corruption and other financial crime, says Christian Aid.

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Strengthening laws to protect migrant domestic workers

Drop-in centre in Tel Aviv, providing practical advice and legal aid

10 October 2013 - Immigration was a hot topic at the UN General Assembly, but we must do much more to protect one particularly vulnerable group of migrants - domestic workers. This mainly female workforce faces abuse and exploitation.

Migrant workers

The fight for land: the Quilombola and indigenous people of Brazil

Quilombola land

7 October 2013 - Dominguinhos, leader of a Quilombola community in Brazil, explains how delays in granting communities legal title to their own land could have devastating consequences on the environment and their way of life.

Land rights

WCC blog: A community of women and men - A reflection from Busan

Dionne Gravesande

31 October 2013 - Dionne Gravesande reflects on the WCC pre-assembly programme, which was focused on gender injustice.

Working together

WCC blog: A global assembly

WCC Busan assembly logo

31 October 2013 - Paul Valentin is moved by a presentation by the Korean churches at the WCC official opening.

Powerful images

WCC blog: Hotel havoc

Christian Aid's international director Paul Valentin

31 October 2013 - As he waits for WCC official business to begin, international director Paul Valentin muses on the peculiarities of South Korean hotels.

Confusion reigns

WCC blog: Settling in

WCC Busan assembly logo

29 October 2013 - Paul Valentin, international director at Christian Aid, reports from Busan, South Korea on the eve of the World Council of Churches assembly.

Global gathering

What could a universal set of development goals mean for the UK?

Water collection in South Sudan

14 October 2013 - At the UN General Assembly last week it was agreed that new development goals would be 'universal and applicable to all countries'. But what's the significance of this for the UK?

Development goals

World Food Day: A reflection

Enough Food For Everyone IF demonstration in Hyde Park

16 October 2013 - On World Food Day, Chris Hegarty, senior advisor for policy & advocacy Scotland, reflects on the achievements of the Enough Food for Everyone IF campaign.

Hunger is barbaric

World Food Day: We must stop Angola and Namibia becoming the next Sahel

Huila province in south west Angola has experienced severe drought for the last two years.

16 October 2013 - In the middle of one of the most severe droughts in decades, an estimated 1.5 million people in southern Angola and more than 778,000 people in northern Namibia do not currently have enough food or water.

World Food Day

Aid agencies rise to the challenge as impact of Philippines typhoon is revealed

14 November 2013 - The Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC), a group of 14 UK aid organisations has today said that life saving aid is on the move in the Philippines, despite huge obstacles to reaching survivors of Typhoon Haiyan. Water, food and emergency shelter remain the top priority.

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Aid sector missing opportunity to help people hit by disaster, says new report

4 November 2013 - International organisations which help people recover from disasters such as floods, famines and earthquakes are missing opportunities to achieve more, according to a new report commissioned by ActionAid, CAFOD, Christian Aid, Oxfam and Tearfund.

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Typhoon Haiyan smashes the Philippines

A woman and two children in the Philippines

8 November 2013 - Listening to news reports of super typhoon Haiyan, which smashed into the Philippines in the early hours, Emma Wigley reflects on her time spent in Manila last year during monsoon flooding.

Typhoon Haiyan

Campaigners give onshore and offshore secrecy jurisdictions the red light

25 November 2013 - Some of the world’s most infamous secrecy jurisdictions, such as the British Virgin Islands and Jersey are considering becoming more transparent, whereas several G8 countries lag behind, said campaigners today.

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Christian Aid calls for urgent climate finance to unlock talks

20 November 2013 - As finance ministers from around the world arrive at the UN climate summit in Poland, Christian Aid has called on them to unlock the talks with firm commitments on climate finance.

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Christian Aid concerned by reports of amnesty for former Guatemalan dictator

1 November 2013 - In the last few days, press reports emerging from Guatemala have claimed that Guatemala’s Constitutional Court has decided to 'open the door' to a general amnesty that could see Efrain Rios Montt, former military leader and former president of Guatemala, avoid prosecution for war crimes.

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Christian Aid fears heavy rains will hinder Philippines recovery from Typhoon Haiyan

11 November 2013 - Further heavy rains forecast for the southern Philippines over the next 48 hours could seriously affect the progress of the huge emergency response in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan, says Christian Aid.

Philippines storm

Christian Aid invites Britons to fast in solidarity with people of the Philippines

19 November 2013 - Christian Aid is inviting its supporters and others moved by the plight of the victims of Typhoon Haiyan to fast for a day tomorrow (Wednesday), in solidarity with the leader of the Philippines delegation to the UN climate talks who has gone without food for more than a week.

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Christian Aid launches Typhoon Haiyan Appeal

8 November 2013 - Christian Aid has launched an appeal to help those affected by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, thought to be the strongest storm in recorded history. It is particularly concerned that some of the poorest communities in the islands seem to have been worst hit.

Typhoon Haiyan

Christian Aid slams 'perverse' Polish coal summit

18 November 2013 - Christian Aid has today condemned the hosting of a meeting of coal producers during the UN climate summit in Warsaw, Poland.

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Christian Aid to spearheard £1.2m maternal and child health project in rural Kenya

20 November 2013 - With funding from the European Union, Christian Aid is launching a £1.2 million (Ksh170 million) maternal and child health project in Narok County, south-western Kenya, where just one in five mothers have access to a skilled midwife during childbirth.

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Christian Aid urges developed countries to help ‘climate captives’ at UN summit

10 November 2013 - A new report by Christian Aid has called on representatives at the UN climate summit in Warsaw to put the issue of equity at the heart of discussions on creating a global deal to tackle climate change.

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Christian Aid welcomes UK move to scrap overseas coal funding

20 November 2013 - Christian Aid's Senior Climate Adviser, Alison Doig, responds to the announcement by UK minister Ed Davey at the UN climate summit in Warsaw that Britain will not fund coal powered plants in other countries.

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Demise of M23 is no ‘quick fix’ for stability in the DRC and Great Lakes, Christian Aid warns

12 November 2013 - The announcement by the M23 leadership that it is to abandon its rebellion and continue as a political movement will not provide a ‘quick fix’ solution to instability in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) says Christian Aid. Last night the DRC Government and the M23 rebels were expected to sign a peace deal, but the talks in Kampala broke down and have been delayed indefinitely.

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Japan ‘will be a byword for bad faith’ after it breaks climate promises

15 November 2013 - Mohamed Adow, senior climate change adviser at Christian Aid, responds to decisions by Japan and Australia to renege on their promises to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions.

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Lives at risk as Syrian refugees face harshest winter in years

7 November 2013 - As the region faces a bitter winter, Christian Aid warns that the lives of Syrian refugees will be at risk due to inadequate shelter.

Winter for Syrian refugees

Moderate progress at climate talks on loss and damage but countries playing dirty, says Christian Aid

23 November 2013 - At the close of this year’s UN climate summit, Christian Aid's Senior Climate Change Adviser, Mohamed Adow, acknowledged some moderate progress had been made to help poor countries suffering from the effects of climate change, but warned that greater ambition is needed to tackle negotiations in 2014.

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Moment of truth for Britain’s tax havens as they attempt to shake off their shameful status

26 November 2013 - Britain’s Overseas Territories should use a joint ministerial summit, starting in London today, as a golden opportunity to commit to exposing the true owners of more than half a million shell companies set up on their shores, some of which are providing cover for tax dodgers trying to disguise their profits, as well as money launderers and even people financing terrorism.

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New crackdown on tax evasion must involve poor countries

20 November 2013 - The latest international clampdown on tax evasion must involve both rich and poor countries if it is to stop criminals hiding billions from the taxman, campaigners say today.

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New Present Aid Christmas gifts - treat loved ones and help those in need

Present Aid ethical gifts - antibiotics

28 November 2013 - Present Aid (www.presentaid.org), Christian Aid’s virtual gift shop, has launched 22 new ethical gifts for Christmas 2013 with presents and prices to suit everyone; from stocking fillers and secret Santa ideas, to larger gifts that can be given as a group.

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Philippines Typhoon: a living nightmare

Marina Acaylan and her husband lost their home and all their belongings during Typhoon Haiyan

25 November 2013 - Driving through the streets of Tacloban two weeks after Typhoon Haiyan, it was the smell that hit me first – the smell of death. Thousands of people across numerous islands are struggling to emerge from this living nightmare.

Two weeks on

Secret company ownership aids corruption, says former UN chief

26 November 2013 - Former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan has urged governments to take a stand against corruption by following the UK’s lead in establishing public registries showing the true owners of companies registered within their jurisdiction.

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Sexual exploitation: the hidden danger after Typhoon Haiyan

Menchu Llesi, a women's rights campaigner in the Philippines

15 November 2013 - Jaw-dropping scenes of devastation from the Philippines dominate newspapers and TV screens, but there is another ‘hidden’ danger, often neglected during emergencies - sexual exploitation.

Philippines devastation

Top Colombian journalist tells her story of sexual violence in Colombia’s armed conflict

27 November 2013 - Jineth Bedoya Lima, a Colombian journalist carrying out exceptional investigative work reporting on armed conflict, drug trafficking, organised crime and issues around women and violence, is in the UK to launch a new report about the systematic use of sexual violence in Colombia’s armed conflict.

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UK has moral responsibility to influence FTSE companies’ conduct worldwide

13 November 2013 - The UK should require the mining, oil and gas companies listed on the London Stock Exchange to reveal more about their finances across the world, Christian Aid has told MPs who are investigating the country’s extractives industries.

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Victory for education in the Caribbean

Victory for education in the Dominican Republic

7 November 2013 - The Dominican Republic - famous as a holiday destination and with a growing economy. On the face of it, the country is doing very well, but unfair tax policies and a failure to adequately address poverty mean inequality is growing.

Inequality in Dominican Republic

WCC blog: Back to business

WCC Busan assembly logo

4 November 2013 - Following a trip to Seoul, Paul Valentin attends further talks on climate change and gains a harrowing insight into the life of a 'comfort woman' under the Japanese occupation.

The importance of speaking out

WCC blog: Bible studies and ecumenical conversations

Christian Aid's international director Paul Valentin

1 November 2013 - The churches are reminded of their responsibility to vulnerable people, ecumenical conversations call for a degree of patience and there's a moving celebration of the Eucharist.


WCC blog: uniting in a diverse world

Christian Aid's international director Paul Valentin

5 November 2013 - Paul Valentin discusses the theme of unity, which lies at the heart of the WCC - a diverse group of churches with differing traditions striving to work together.

Differing traditions

WCC blog: Justice and consumer behaviour

WCC Busan assembly logo

6 November 2013 - On the theme of justice, Paul discusses the difference between land grabs 3000 years ago and today, and questions modern consumer behaviour.

Lessons learned

WCC blog: what does peace mean to you?

WCC Busan assembly logo

7 November 2013 - On the final full day of the World Council of Churches assembly, Paul Valentin sums up his experiences and reflects on the meaning and significance of peace in today's world.

Giving thanks

Welcome for Government concessions on Lobbying Bill but grave concerns remain

6 November 2013 - Christian Aid today welcomes the limited concessions which the Government has made to its Lobbying Bill, which it says risks harming legitimate campaigning for good causes in the UK.

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Christian Aid’s Philippines typhoon appeal tops £2 million

20 December 2013 - Donations to Christian Aid’s Typhoon appeal, launched only six weeks ago to help survivors of one of the worst storms in history, have topped £2.2 million.

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Nelson Mandela ‘a man of magnanimity and moral courage’

Nelson Mandela

5 December 2013 - Christian Aid today paid tribute to the ‘magnanimity and moral courage’ of South Africa’s first freely elected President, Nelson Mandela, who has died.

Nelson Mandela

More action needed on corporate tax dodging, campaigners urge EU leaders

16 December 2013 - European leaders should use a meeting of the European Council this week to agree further action against tax dodging by multinationals, campaigners urge in a new report.

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Nelson Mandela: memories of a great man

Nelson Mandela

6 December 2013 - I was there when Nelson Mandela walked to freedom from Victor Verster prison near Cape Town. I saw the arm raised with Winnie, the broad smile, and heard, or thought I did, the shout - Amandla! (Power!)

Nelson Mandela

New Year’s Honours for two Christian Aid stalwarts

31 December 2013 - Christian Aid today welcomes New Year’s Honour awards for two people who have been closely involved in its activities.

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In the presence of greatness: meeting Mandela

Nelson Mandela and Paul Brannen

6 December 2013 - Christian Aid's Paul Brannen reflects on his meeting with Nelson Mandela in 1990 while working for the Anti-Apartheid Movement.

Nelson Mandela

Philippines debt must be cancelled to support typhoon recovery work

5 December 2013 - The enormous financial burden the Philippines labours under in servicing international debt while struggling to recover from Typhoon Haiyan and prepare for future emergencies must be lifted, said Christian Aid today.

Philippines debt

Seeking justice for women in Kenya

Saida Ali - Coalition On Violence Against Women

9 December 2013 - As the 16 Days Of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence come to an end, Saida Ali asks how many more women and girls have to become rape statistics before we can get truly angry about it.

Violence against women

South Sudan: Christian Aid concerned over escalating human rights violations

20 December 2013 - Christian Aid is deeply concerned about reports of escalating human rights abuses and violence across South Sudan, particularly in the capital city of Juba in Central Equatoria and Jonglei state in the remote east of the country.

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Syrian refugees: The edge of breaking point

Refugee Layal in her makeshift kitchen in Lebanon

23 December 2013 - Amy Merone, Communications Officer for Christian Aid, shares her experiences from her trip to Lebanon in early December.

Syrian refugees

Syria's double refugees in Lebanon

Palestinian Syrian refugees living in a disused mosque in Lebanon

20 December 2013 - Mairead Collins, Emergency Programme Officer, describes what life is like in Lebanon for five-year-old Hamed, now a refugee for the second time.

Double refugees

Tax evasion and avoidance under scrutiny in 2013

Tax dodging stunt at the Labour Party Conference in Brighton, September 2013

17 December 2013 - Alex Prats, Principal Economic Justice Adviser, looks at four highlights of progress towards tax justice in 2013, and explains why he is hopeful for 2014.

Tax justice

The day I met Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela - Make Poverty History

12 December 2013 - I arrived in Cape Town for the International Conference on AIDS and STIs in Africa early last Friday morning, oblivious to the global news story that had broken while I was sleeping in mid-air.

Nelson Mandela

The Philippines – a month since disaster struck

Typhoon Haiyan flattened coconut trees

6 December 2013 - A desolate hillside of flattened coconut palms vividly depicts the scale of the challenge facing the Philippines as islanders hit by Typhoon Haiyan now confront their future.

Typhoon Haiyan

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