Assessing Progress Towards the African Union’s 10 Per Cent Budget Target for Agriculture

Assessing Progress Towards the African Union’s 10 Per Cent Budget Target for Agriculture

Report for ActionAid (June 2009)

This report assesses government progress towards achieving the targets set by the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP). It finds that the overwhelming majority of African governments are failing to meet their commitments to spend 10 per cent of national budgets on agriculture and to double spending on research and development. Donors are also failing to meet their aid commitments to African agriculture.

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Sierra Leone at the Crossroads: Seizing the Chance to Benefit from Mining

Sierra Leone at the Crossroads: Seizing the Chance to Benefit from Mining

Report for National Advocacy Coalition on Extractives, Sierra Leone (March 2009)

This report shows how the people of Sierra Leone could benefit more from the country’s mineral resources, which account for 90 per cent of exports but only $9-10 million in government revenues. It shows how mining tax laws have given away too much to companies while government policies to regulate the mining sector are poor or non-existent. Includes case studies of the two largest foreign investors, Sierra Rutile and Koidu Holdings.

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Mining and Tax in South Africa: Costs and Benefits

Mining and Tax in South Africa: Costs and Benefits

Report for African NGOs (February 2009)

This report shows that while mining contributes significantly to the South African economy, the generous tax treatment given to companies means that it does not benefit as much as it could. The costs of mining are borne by poor communities in rural areas. A new royalty system introduced by the government will see the government lose up to $499 million a year compared to previous proposals.

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The Global Food Crisis and Fairtrade: Small Farmers, Big Solutions?

The Global Food Crisis and Fairtrade: Small Farmers, Big Solutions?

Report for the Fairtrade Foundation (February 2009)

This report analyses the challenges faced by the world’s 450 million smallholder farmers as a result of the food price crisis. It considers the effects of the crisis on fairtrade producers around the world, asking whether fairtrade producers are in a better position to cope with price volatility. The report includes a case study of Uganda, based on field research and interviews with coffee, tea and vanilla growers.

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A Golden Opportunity: How Tanzania is Failing to Benefit from Gold Mining

A Golden Opportunity: How Tanzania is Failing to Benefit from Gold Mining

Report for Tanzanian NGOs (October 2008)

This report is an analysis of gold mining and tax payments in Tanzania. Although Tanzania is one of Africa’s largest gold exporters, ordinary people benefit little, since the government has implemented tax laws that are overly favourable to mining companies and because of the policies of those companies themselves, notably AngloGold Ashanti and Barrick.

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The Crisis in Agricultural Aid: How Aid has Contributed to Hunger

The Crisis in Agricultural Aid: How Aid has Contributed to Hunger

Paper for ActionAid (September 2008)

This paper is an analysis of overseas aid to agriculture, showing how aid levels have dramatically declined over the past two decades, how the focus of aid spending is not geared to the needs of poor farmers and how aid has been used to push a neo-liberal economic model of agriculture that has increased poverty and hunger.

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Precious Metal: The Impact of Anglo Platinum in South Africa

Precious Metal: The Impact of Anglo Platinum in South Africa

Report for ActionAid (March 2008)

This report analyses the operations in South Africa of the world’s largest platinum producer, Anglo Platinum, a company majority-owned by the British mining giant, Anglo American. The findings suggest that company activities have deprived communities of agricultural land while community protests are often met by police brutality and company legal action.

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Fanning the Flames: The Role of British Mining Companies in Conflict and the Violation of Human Rights

Fanning the Flames: The Role of British Mining Companies in Conflict and the Violation of Human Rights

Report for War on Want (November 2007)

This report documents the impacts of the largest British mining companies, including BHP Billiton, Anglo American, Xstrata, Rio Tinto and Vedanta, in around twenty countries. It shows companies’ involvement in human rights violations, the exacerbation of conflict and environmental destruction at the same time as making record profits.

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Anglo American: The Alternative Report

Anglo American: The Alternative Report

Report for War on Want (August 2007)

This report reveals the role of the British mining company, Anglo American, in human rights abuses around the world, along with the companies in its business group, which include AngloGold Ashanti, De Beers and Anglo Platinum.

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The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: A Decade of New Labour’s Arms Exports

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: A Decade of New Labour’s Arms Exports

Report for Saferworld (May 2007)

This report reviews the British government’s arms exports policies since 1997, showing how it continues to arm persistent human rights abusers and states enduring conflicts, how the arms trade remains mired in secrecy, and the foreign policy benefits of arms exports.

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