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Ghana learning review

A decade of innovation in tax justice and inclusive markets programming

Use and abuse of tax breaks: how tax incentives become harmful

Tax incentives widespread, but ineffective for developmet. How do they become harmful, and what can be done to stop their abuse?

Joint Country Programme newsletter - July - Sept 2018

A new country director, piped water comes to villages in Mumbeji, advocating for tax justice and more...

Make a difference with coffee assembly

Primary school assembly suitable for ages 7-11 Duration: 15 minutes This assembly explains how growing coffee is making a huge difference to communities and school children in Nicaragua.

Make a difference with coffee assembly presentation

Primary school assembly suitable for ages 7-11 Duration: 15 minutes This PowerPoint presentation accompanies the Make a difference with coffee assembly which explains how growing coffee is making a huge difference to communities and school children in Nicaragua.

Nuts about nature assembly

Primary school assembly suitable for ages 7-11 Duration: 15 minutes This assembly explores the story of the Brazil nut tree to explain the circle of life and why protecting the rainforest is important for all of us.

Nuts about nature assembly presentation

Primary school assembly suitable for ages 7-11 Duration: 15 minutes This PowerPoint presentation accompanies the Nuts about nature assembly to explore the story of the Brazil nut tree and why protecting the rainforest is important for all of us.

Vital vegetables assembly

Primary school assembly suitable for ages 7-11 Duration: 15 minutes This assembly helps to raise awareness about children around the world who do not have enough to eat, and understand what it means to be malnourished.

Vital vegetables assembly presentation

Primary school assembly suitable for ages 7-11 Duration: 15 minutes This PowerPoint presentation accompanies the Vital vegetables assembly, helping to raise awareness about children around the world who do not have enough to eat, and understand what it means to be malnourished.

Humanitarian response to populations affected by violence in Konduga

A Christian Aid (CA) humanitarian response programme funded by the European Union’s Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations has reached more than 40,000 people affected by the conflict in Konduga area, within Borno State. Food Security and Livelihoods (FSL) and Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) are the major response areas which has targeted the most vulnerable persons. ECHO has empowered Christian Aid to support access to food for the most vulnerable persons in Konduga through cash based interventions. The food security response targeted 18,000 people through a cash transfer intervention to help the vulnerable access food. Those reached through food assistance are spread across five communities within Konduga Local Government Area, in Borno State.

Questionable Values? Policy Report

Why we believe that it is time to stop defending the indefensible across all the world’s tax havens. Following the hurricanes Irma and Maria that devastated a number of Caribbean islands in September this year, the focus has rightly been on supporting the hardest hit and those in greatest need. But as the rebuilding effort develops, many are starting to think more deeply about the long-term sustainability of these islands’ economies, and their ability to protect and provide for their populations in an economically and climatically uncertain future. What type of jobs, and what type of economy, should places such as the British Virgin Islands (BVI) be looking to build? This is a question that extends beyond the storm-hit Caribbean. Defensive measures against tax evasion and avoidance are on the rise in the US, the EU and emerging economies, driven in part by the exposure of these activities in successive leaks of information (most recently, the Paradise Papers). Such developments call into question the sustainability of any economic model that relies on providing various combinations of secrecy and low taxation. So far, many small offshore centres, and their supporters, have largely reacted defensively to the threat of change, arguing that media coverage has unfairly maligned ‘tax havens’; that the problem is not as large as portrayed; and that they are already instituting tax and transparency standards better than many large ‘onshore’ economies. However, careful scrutiny of one of the most comprehensive efforts to explain the role of international finance centres and to illustrate the impact that such a territory has on the global economy – the prominent report that the government-backed financial lobby group, BVI Finance, commissioned this year from consultancy firm Capital Economics – demonstrates major weaknesses in the arguments and conclusions presented, and suggests to us that such defences are more concerned with maintaining the status quo than a genuine concern for the wider global economy. Our analysis of the Capital Economics report is an example of why we believe that it is time to stop defending the indefensible across all the world’s tax havens. With public demand building for new regulation, and the ever-present threat of further mass leaks, the UK Government needs to initiate a serious discussion about alternative economic pathways for the British Overseas Territories and Crown Dependencies. Alternative futures for offshore tax havens are not only vital for the poorest countries of the world that lose tax revenues each year to the offshore system, but also for the ordinary women and men in places like the BVI, for whom a secure future is dependent on the creation of robust, equitable and sustainable economies.

Exploring Christian Aid: lesson plan

Exploring Christian Aid: lesson plan

Benefits? Tax Incentives in Latin America and the Caribbean (Spanish)

Overview of the use of tax incentives that analyses whether or not tax incentives bring benefits to countries and communities.(Spanish)