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Shame of belly politics in county governments taxation and budgeting

January 30, 2014

Prior to Ghana’s independence; Kwame Nkrumah, the young Pan-Africanist would chant “Seek ye first the political kingdom and all things shall be added onto you.” Kenyans just got political kingdoms at county level.
On-going county revenue collection and budgeting processes should be giving us good news of ‘creative local development’ processes. In sober societies local governance has better understanding of local priorities than national governments. Our paradox is that of misplaced priorities.


IF campaign’s success will help fix broken food system

February 28, 2013

‘When I give food to the poor, they call me a saint. When I ask why they are poor, they call me a communist’ said Dom Hélder Câmara, the Catholic Archbishop of Olinda and Recife, Brazil (1909-1999). Dom Helder was in fact talking about the need to tackle the structural causes of food insecurity. If he were alive today, he would agree with campaigners that the current world food system is broken and unsustainable. Supported by over 100 British Aid agencies, the IF campaign is the largest coalition of its kind since Make Poverty History in 2005. CAFOD, one of the founder members, and others are addressing the structural issues which keep people hungry including land grabs, tax evasion, transparency and aid.