Report slams child labor in tobacco fields – CNN


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Africa Rising: Time for a fair deal for Africa’s people

Extreme inequality is a threat to democracy, warns Oxfam’s global CEO Winnie Byanyima, at today’s closing session of the IMF – Mozambique government’s Africa Rising conference.

Maputo, Mozambique – Extreme inequality is a threat to democracy, warns Oxfam International’s Executive Director Winnie Byanyima, at today’s closing session of the IMF – Mozambique government’s Africa Rising conference.

Addressing global decision makers, Ms. Byanyima said that “when wealth shapes policy-making, the rules bend to favor the rich, democratic governance suffers and corruption proliferates.”

Africa has six of the top 10 fastest growing economies in the world – yet despite strong economic growth, Sub-Saharan Africa is home to six out of the 10 most unequal countries in the world.

The resource curse

Much of the continent’s growth over the last decade has been driven by new discoveries of oil, natural gas and mineral reserves. However, it is estimated that Africa loses $ 63 billion a year to illicit flows and tax dodging. The resource drain from Africa over the last 30 years is almost equivalent to its current GDP. 

“If Ethiopia could capture just ten per cent of the money it loses each year through tax exemptions it could enroll 1.4 million more children in school,” added Ms. Byanyima. “Tax advantages do not bring more resources to a country; they deprive them of needed resources.” 

Tax reform and investment

Oxfam is calling on delegates to take action against rising and damaging economic inequality by implementing more progressive tax policies, investing in public services and jobs and committing to ending extreme poverty.  

When wealth shapes policy-making, the rules bend to favor the rich, democratic governance suffers and corruption proliferates.

Winnie Byanyima

Executive Director, Oxfam International

Contact Information

Winnie Byanyima is available for media interviews in Maputo. To arrange interviews please contact:
Harriet Tolputt, +44 782 4503108, HTolputt@oxfam.org.uk

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Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims Report

In the week ending May 24, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 300,000, a decrease of 27,000 from the previous week’s revised level. The previous week’s level was revised up by 1,000 from 326,000 to 327,000. The 4-week moving average was 311,500, a decrease of 11,250 from the previous week’s revised average. This is the lowest level for this average since August 11, 2007 when it was 311,250. The previous week’s average was revised up by 250 from 322,500 to 322,750.
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South Sudan: From the other side of the war

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