Our Clean Up Barclays campaign now has support from activists in Zambia and Cameroon. With this global support, we're continuing to put pressure on the bank to review its promotion of tax havens to businesses in Africa.
Coming back to the office after Christmas on a bleak January morning, updates from campaigners in Zambia and Cameroon really helped to cheer me up and get me excited about being back at work. African campaigners from both these countries have joined in with our Christmas card action, taken by Community Campaigners and other supporters across the UK.
Activistas from our Zambia office delivered cards to Barclays Head Office in Lusaka and to three local branches - you can see pictures on their Facebook page. The Zambian team are committed to working on tax justice and its great they've been able to get involved in asking Barclays to clean up its act on tax havens.
Alfred Nangeri (pictured) is Project Manager at Nnanpalle Foundation. Based in Kumba, Cameroon, he works to provide health services to his community. ActionAid doesn't work in Cameroon - Alfred found our Clean Up Barclays campaign online and decided to get involved. He ordered a card to send to Antony Jenkins and posted it with a personal letter. Here's some of what Alfred wrote:
"You said you wanted Barclays to be a good bank this year... But by encouraging big companies to use tax havens like Mauritius you are helping to drain vitally needed funds, that can be used for health care and education in some poorest of the poorest African countries, out of Africa."
Barclays staff have started to talk to us but its not yet showing any sign of stopping promoting tax havens in Africa to its clients. Since developing countries like Zambia and Cameroon lose three times more to tax havens than they recieve in aid, we need campaigners all over the world to keep up the pressure for Barclays to clean up their act.
More than 11,000 people have emailed Chief Exec Antony so far - please join them and take action if you haven't emailed already. If you've already taken action, watch this space for next steps - we'll have more you can do to get involved very soon.