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The Micah Challenge blog is a space for discussion and debate about the issues of global poverty, faith, advocacy and justice and the Millennium Development Goals. This blog aims to provoke thought and challenge you to learn more about the issues discussed. We welcome your comments.

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  • Leaders map way to take global development beyond 2015

    Posted by Amanda

    6 June, 2013

    The leaders of three very different nations, Indonesia, the UK and Liberia (as well as an army of advisors) have been meeting over the last nine months to discuss what the world might want to aim for in the next generation. At the moment we have the Millennium Development Goals which Micah Challenge campaigns around, but what happens after 2015? That’s what the High Level Panel has addressed in its report to the UN. It set out its ideas on a post 2015 global development agenda after hearing from thousands of people and groups. The report builds on the MDGs in many ways but goes beyond them. It wants to ‘eradicate’ extreme poverty and it urges the world to embrace sustainable development with social, economic and environmental dimensions. It puts women and youth at the heart of the picture and talks about the importance of peace and good governance. It weaves human rights throughout the report and importantly it wants any future goals to be universal – so they apply to Australia as much as Timor Leste and Brazil. And perhaps unexcitedly it… read more

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  • Time to make global tax rules work for the poor

    Posted by Jennifer

    4 June, 2013

    Why does Marta Luttgrodt pay more tax on her informal kiosk business than a multi-billion dollar multinational corporation like SABMiller in Ghana? Why do developing countries lose around USD 160 billion each year due to just two forms of corporate tax evasion (transfer mispricing and false invoicing)? Does more than half of world trade really pass through tax havens as it appears to on paper? How can the Cayman Islands be home to around 57,000 people but have 92,000 registered companies? It's pretty clear that the global tax system is broken. When the wealthiest individuals and corporations avoid paying their fair share of tax in the countries where they operate, it is left to smaller businesses and poorer individuals to pay more in tax, or do without the services that governments provide. Corporate tax evasion has a particularly diabolical effect on poor countries. If the governments invested the money they lose to corporate tax evasion according to current spending priorities, it could save the lives of 350,000 children each year. We have been… read more

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  • Faces Behind Finish the Race: Jake Doleschal

    Posted by Micah

    28 May, 2013

    Jake Doleschal is the Finish the Race community leader for the Victorian electorate of Flinders. As a young, passionate advocate who uses his voice to promote social change in a number of different areas, we thought we would let Jake share with you what makes him such a driven activist. Why are you passionate about being an advocate for the poor? My motivation to advocate with the poor is rooted in the gospel of Christ. Indigenous activist Lilla Watson summarizes the essence of this universal call in which Christ beckons us to join, in her response to those coming to help her community - “if you have come here to help me, you are wasting our time. But if you have come because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together”. I advocate with the poor because when we are unified as a global body, we cannot help but advocate for change! When did you first become involved with Micah Challenge? My first experience with the Micah Challenge was attending Voices for Justice in 2012 (which was a great experience… but quite cold!)… read more

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  • Crackdown on Tax Dodging Needs to Go Global

    Posted by Mark

    22 May, 2013

    After all the attention focused on aid delays and asylum seekers in last week’s Federal Budget, you may be forgiven for not noticing that the Government also announced steps to crack down on multinational tax dodging. This move could raise an extra $4.2 billion over the next four years. The Government will crack-down on multinational companies being able to loan money to themselves and then claim the interest repayments as a tax deduction, a process whereby multinationals essentially receive a tax break for recycling money from one part of the company to another. Research by Dr Grantley Taylor of the Curtain Business School and Professor Grant Richardson (paywall) from the University of Adelaide found that for publicly listed Australian companies, this practice, along with the misuse of transactions between different parts of the same multinational enterprise (known as transfer mispricing), were the primary methods of tax avoidance in the period 2006 to 2009. These tax-dodging practices are also used by multinational companies to cheat developing countries… read more

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