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The revised London Mining agreement: better, but still a major problem (2012 - partner briefing paper)

A new mining agreement between the Sierra Leone government and a UK-based company, London Mining, contains a number of provisions which undermine legislation supposed to ensure the country derives full benefit from its mineral wealth.

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Getting growth right (2008)

In this paper, Christian Aid argues that a realistic view of the potential and the limitations of economic growth is necessary. Policymakers must aim not to maximise growth itself, but to maximise the benefits of growth to development. If we are not to waste development opportunities, we must get growth right.

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The Impact of World Bank and IMF Conditionality: An investigation into electricity privatisation in Nicaragua (2007) 
 
Privatisation has increasingly become a condition of aid, new loans and debt relief. This report looks at the failure of that policy applied to the electricity sector in Nicaragua.

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Power and poverty: World Bank energy reforms and poor people (2007)

A summary of electricity reforms in Nicaragua and planned changes in Nigeria reveals that not only is the IMF/World Bank privatisation model failing to deliver more energy to the world’s poorest people, but it is also locking them into a dependence on polluting and increasingly expensive fossil fuels.

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A rich seam: who benefits from rising commodity prices? (2007)

This report shows that despite spectacular rises in the prices of commodity prices in oil, copper and gold, the 'equation' is still weighted very much in favour of the rich, with developing countries scarcely benefiting at all.

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Crossing development red lines? Toward a technical analysis of the implications of the EC's proposals for EPA provisions (2007)

Analysis and recommendations looking at the European Union's Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs) with 76 former colonies in Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific.

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Agricultural Liberalisation in Haiti (2006)

This report examines Haiti’s experience of trade liberalisation particularly in reference to the agriculture sector which suffered a dramatic decline post liberalisation.

It attempts to quantify the losses which have been borne mainly by poor rural communities and it also provides recommendations for ways forward which could aid the regeneration of the agricultural sector.

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EPAs and investment (2006)

This paper looks at how EPAs are failing to help developing countries attract more investment. Developing countries also often find that foreign investment carries potential costs and its much-publicised benefits are not automatic.

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For richer or poorer: transforming Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs) between Europe and Africa (2005)

This report shows the damage EPAs will have on poor people in the 76 former European colonies negotiating the free trade deals with the EU and how they can be reformed to aid development instead.

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Economics of failure: the real cost of 'free' trade (2005)

Our paper shows that sub-Saharan Africa is a massive US$272 billion worse off because of 'free' trade policies forced on the region as a condition of receiving aid and debt relief. 

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Servicing the rich: how the EU will wreck the WTO talks (2005)

A briefing on the risks posed to developing countries by liberalising the services sector.

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Damage done: aid, death and dogma (2005)

The 2005 Christian Aid Week Report exposes the devastating impact unrestricted 'free' trade is having on poor communities in developing countries and calls on the British government to end its support for a ruthless orthodoxy that stretches back quarter of a century.

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Unearthing the truth: mining in Peru (2005)

This report argues that the questionable economic benefits of increased mining in Peru cannot justify the suffering inflicted on poor local communities.

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Struggling to be heard: democratising the World Bank and IMF (2003)

This report demonstrates how the World Bank and IMF fail to fulfil the standards of transparency and accountability that they call for in poor countries and recommends how these institutions need to change if they are to become modern and appropriate for the world in which we live.

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Master or servant (2001)

Report looking at how global trade can be made to work for the benefit of poor people.

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