Raymond Baker at he Huffington Post: Outflows, Not Aid, Must Be Curtailed to Fight Poverty

January 11th, 2012

Raymond Baker, Director of the Task Force, wrote today:

We learned some devastating news last month. A new study from Global Financial Integrity revealed that despite the onset of the global financial crisis in late 2008, the developing world still suffered nearly $1 trillion in illicit financial outflows in 2009, a number that is almost 10 times larger than the official development assistance they receive each year from Western economies like the United States, United Kingdom and Norway.

These outflows — the proceeds of crime, corruption and tax evasion — bleed developing economies of much-needed tax revenue, exacerbate income inequality, and fuel the underground economy. They undermine the rule of law, entrench corruption, and shrink developing nation economies at a time when they can least-afford it.

Continue reading at The Huffington Post.

Written by EJ Fagan

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