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In 2015, 50% of Malawians are living in poverty. Yet while poverty may be a familiar issue for discussion in Malawi’s development sphere, Oxfam is today putting the spotlight on a less talked about issue, but one that threatens to severely hinder poverty reduction in the country: Malawi’s increasing inequality.
Today is the 1 year anniversary of #LuxLeaks, the scandal which revealed the tax secrets of 350 multi-billion companies. The three whistle blowers who revealed the tax dealings are currently facing criminal charges.
The package of tax reforms launched by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in Paris this week, and due to be endorsed by G20 finance ministers meeting in Peru this week, is toothless.
For oil, gas, and mining companies, gaining access to land and water can make or break a project. For many communities their land is their lifeline, and this can be lost when they don’t have a say and their rights are ignored. Today, Oxfam launched a new report reviewing the public policy commitments of 38 oil, gas, and mining companies around issues of community engagement and rights, with a particular focus on free, prior, and informed consent (FPIC).
The upcoming Third Financing for Development conference (aka #FfD3) in Addis Ababa will have a marked effect on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Summit in New York in September, and ultimately on December’s climate change deal that must be agreed in Paris. It’s a domino effect that will determine how development and climate action is funded for the next fifteen years.
How can these three little letters ‘FfD’ bring us one step closer to tackling the world’s greatest threats: poverty, climate change and inequality?
Africa is losing billions of dollars through tax dodging. This week's World Economic Forum on Africa 2015 must squarely address tax avoidance tricks and other illicit financial flows, tax incentives, and debt repayments. Unless African leaders tackle such issues, it is the rich world that will continue to gain the most from Africa’s progress.http://www.weforum.org/events/world-economic-forum-africa-2015
From Rome to Berlin, Robin Hood Tax campaigners are coming together this week to present a ‘Million Strong’ petition to European leaders. Since the campaign launched, supporters in Europe have taken over a million actions in support of the Financial Transaction Tax (FTT), making it one of the most popular taxes in history.
Last month Oxfam’s International Executive Director Winnie Byanyima was in Washington for the World Bank/IMF Spring Meetings, and then in New York for one of the drafting sessions ahead of the