Health in Action
Medact and Health Poverty Action
15 November 2014
London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
Guest speakers include:
Mary O’Hara, author of Austerity Bites
Anuj Kapilashrami, People’s Health Movement
Danny Kushlik, Director of Transform Drug Policy Foundation
Social, economic and political determinants of health all up for discussion and debate and the day includes the launch of Global Health Watch 4
http://www.medact.org for more information and to book a ticket
This blog in the Guardian will be familiar ground for Progressive Development Forum members. But please feel free to comment on the Guardian website to get the debate going.
A great recent article by Dhananjayan Sriskandarajah, head of Civicus. Well worth sharing.
We’ve adopted the strategic planning and management tools of the power structures we should be challenging.
We’re settling for incremental change – quantifiable outocmes that appleal to donors.
Some organisations involved in the Progressive Development Forum alongside a number of African partners recently published the report ‘Honest Accounts’ This report, briefing and animation (below) quantifies the resource flows in and out of sub Saharan Africa, across a wide range of areas. It shows that inflows on $134 per year compared to outflows of $192 leaving a $58 billion dollar net loss each year.
Africa is losing:
• $46.3 billion in profits made by multinational companies
• $21 billion in debt payments, often following irresponsible loans
• $35.3 billion in illicit financial flows facilitated by the global network of tax havens
• $23.4 billion in foreign currency reserves given as loans to other governments
• $17 billion in illegal logging
• $1.3 billion in illegal fishing
• $6 billion as a result of the migration of skilled workers from Africa
In addition to these resource flows Africa is forced to pay a further:
• $10.6 billion to adapt to the effects of climate change that it did not cause
• $26 billion to promote low carbon economic growth
This provides a challenge to the idea that we are generously ‘aiding’ Africa and demands action on the structural causes of poverty. We also have a manifesto action targeting party leaders calling for ‘honest accounts’ of our financial relationship with Africa which you can take here.
This is an old piece but it’s worth sharing. Nigerian born, US based writer Teju Cole on the ‘white saviour industrial complex’. I used one of his tweets recently in a report and a presentation – here’s a link to the full list of his tweets on this topic and his article that’s very relevant to debates on development, privilege and ‘helping Africa’. http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2012/03/the-white-savior-industrial-complex/254843/
I was asked by Bond – following the Enough If campaign and others – to write a piece on the role of the Global South in campaign coalitions.
Here’s a link:
See what you think… any thoughts??