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Cyclone Idai: a damaged house in Chimanimani, Zimbabwe

In the wake of Cyclone Idai, ActionAid Malawi’s Chikondi Chabvuta discusses the devastating impact of the disaster, the situation on the ground now, and the ongoing role climate change is playing in Malawian society.

ActionAid, Oxfam and Christian Aid turned London’s iconic Trafalgar Square into an interactive, tropical tax haven to increase pressure on world leaders to clamp down on tax dodging at the anti corruption summit in May 2016

Late last night news broke of another massive tax haven leak, this time from the Bahamas. Developing countries lose billions every year to corporate tax avoidance, money that could be spent on fighting poverty.

Tags: Malawi, Africa

If multinational companies paid a fair share of tax, children in developing countries could access a decent education.

Why tax dodging matters to me and my generation

Posted in Blog 3 years 2 months ago

Whether you're young or old, African or European, tax dodging by multinational companies affects us all in many ways. I'm 26 years old and pay my tax, so it angers me when I hear reports of companies like Amazon and Starbucks not paying their fair share. The more I've learnt about tax dodging in the UK, the more I wanted to find out what damage was being done in developing countries. The IMF estimates that they lose around $200billion a year to tax avoidance. To find out more, I asked Oyin and Fraser, two ActionAid campaigners from Nigeria and Malawi about their experiences. 

Ayesha and her friends have been painting pictures for their sponsors at their playgroup in Bhakkar, Pakistan. "I did hand painting and it was fun. I feel joy when I do drawings for my sponsor," Ayesha told us

"I love writing messages to my sponsor."

Posted in Blog 3 years 4 months ago

When you sponsor a child with ActionAid, you'll get two handwritten messages from them every year. Our staff collect these messages regularly from the children in their communities.​We make every message collection a special event for the children, and the whole community gets involved. For many children, it's the only opportunity they get to draw, paint, play and be creative.

Festival-goers partying away at Latitude 2015. You certainly can’t dance on someone’s shoulders like that if you’re on your period without a sanitary towel!

Yes, it's the time of the month to talk about periods again. I always get super excited about festivals – the music, the dancing, the food... but this week I’m even more excited than usual, because not only am I going to Latitude - one of the UK's best music and culture festivals - but I'm going there with the ActionAid team to do something pretty out there - bust period taboos!

Chrissy Mgemezulu shows her VAT tax receipt at her market stall in Lilongwe.

Though complicated, taxes are a key building block of society. When tax works, it pays for roads, schools, hospitals and much more. But when they aren't paid there is a real human impact with the world's poorest women and children paying the price for the lack of public services. Read on to hear from people affected by tax dodging, and what we can do to stop this.