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23 October 2013

Capturing Africa's Missing Billions and Making It Work for Its People

Author: Winnie Byanyima, in The Huffington Post

...[How] is it that many of Africa's countries fall among the lowest in global rankings of economic growth, despite exports of minerals, oil and gas from Africa worth roughly seven times the value of international aid to the continent? Africa...[loses]...

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7 October 2013

Africa’s mineral wealth: A blessing or a curse?

Author: Donald Kaberuka, in This is Africa

We...estimate that the continent’s natural resources will contribute over $30bn per annum in government revenues over the next 20 years...Africa is said to be losing over $60 billion a year in illegal outflows and price manipulation in the extraction...

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1 October 2013

[PDF] Tax Abuses, Poverty and Human Rights: A report of the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute Task Force on Illicit Financial Flows, Poverty and Human Rights

Author: International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute Task Force (UK)

The tax practices of multinational enterprises and wealthy individuals are being increasingly questioned and scrutinized…Tax abuses are in the media spotlight and on the international political agenda. But why are tax abuses becoming so important?...

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27 September 2013

Kofi Annan talks at Geneva's Graduate Institute

Author: Kofi Annan, Africa Progress Panel

The wise management of Africa’s incredible natural wealth is a high priority...Africa’s governments must manage these resource revenues wisely to lift millions of people out of poverty...Africa’s natural resource wealth rightly belongs to the continent...

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20 September 2013

Investors should work with farmers, not grab their land

Author: Pascal Liu, in The Guardian

Land grabbing has become a hot topic in the international development community and beyond...[R]esearch by the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) shows they carry risks for local communities and their environment. Displacement of small farmers,...

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3 September 2013

Oxfam urges G20 to curb tax avoidance that harms Africa

Author: BBC News

Urgent action is needed at...G20 summit in St Petersburg to fix a tax system allowing firms to "rip off" poor African nations, Oxfam has warned. Such countries were losing almost 2% of national income in tax not paid by firms, depriving them of...

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1 September 2013

UK National Action Plan Implementing UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights

Author: UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office

On 4 Sep 2013, the UK Govt. released its National Action Plan to implement the UN Guiding Principles on Business & Human Rights. The action plan "embodies [the UK's] commitment to protect human rights by helping UK companies understand and manage...

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1 August 2013

Business & Human Rights Resource Centre launches briefing on Myanmar

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1 August 2013

[PDF] Business & human rights in Myanmar: a round-up of recent developments

Author: Business & Human Rights Resource Centre

This briefing summarises major business and human rights developments in Myanmar (Burma) from November 2010, when the country held its first elections after 20 years and pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi was released from house arrest, to the...

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20 July 2013

G20 backs plan to stop global tax avoidance and evasion

Author: BBC News

Finance ministers from the G20 group of leading nations have formally backed plans to tackle international tax avoidance and evasion. A statement...supports the automatic exchange of tax information between countries. It also backs plans by the...

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