Category Archives: Global Development

The inconvenient truth about foreign aid

Like political campaign contributions, today’s self-interested foreign aid often supports badly-designed development projects, imposes foreign investor-friendly policies on recipient countries, facilitates access to intended beneficiaries’ resources, helps aid-giving countries to look good on the world stage, all the while making unquestioning taxpayers in aid giving countries feel good about their supposed generosity.

Africa’s tax avoidance crackdown nets US$260m as continent loses billions to “illicit financial flows”

There is nothing to celebrate about the US$260 million Africa recently netted by cracking down on tax avoidance. The figure pales in comparison to the billions the continent losses to “illicit financial flows” every year thanks to corporate tax avoidance by multinational corporations, corruption by African officials, and African countries’ weak audit capacities.