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The Link between Tax and Development is Scrutinized by the UK Parliament
March 28th, 2012
Latindadd and other civil society organisations recently sent their contributions to the UK parliamentary inquiry into tax in developing countries. In its call, the International Development Committee of the UK parliament highlighted that “developing countries lose an estimated $ 160 billion each year through tax avoidance by multinational companies (including those based in the UK)” and the important role of the extractive industries, “where payments to governments are often not disclosed and may not contribute to development or poverty reduction.”
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Oxford and conflicts of interest
July 29th, 2009
Oxford Journals (linked, of course, to the University of the same name) says in its FAQs:

What is a ‘Conflict of Interest’?

Any financial interests or connections, direct or indirect, or other situations that might raise the question of bias in the work reported or the conclusions, implications or opinions stated – including pertinent commercial or other sources of funding for the individual author(s) or for the associated department(s) or organization(s), personal relationships, or direct academic competition.

How can I be sure if I should declare something?

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DFID Releases Its Annual Report
July 16th, 2009
Today, the UK Department for International Development released its annual report, which sums up the work that DFID has done over the past year. Douglas Alexander, Secretary of State for International Development, said in a statement:

"The achievements highlighted here have helped to transform lives for the better. Thanks to DFID's work in 2008, more than three million children have been vaccinated against measles - a disease which continues to claim lives across the developing world. We have helped train over 100,000 teachers, provided clean water to almost a million people, and given more...

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Time to bury the Oxford report
July 16th, 2009
On several occasions we have written about a report produced by the Oxford Centre for Business Taxation, which is critical of estimates of illicit flows and other offshore-related phenomena published by TJN and its colleagues. Professor Michael Devereux of the Centre has replied in the Financial Times to an earlier letter from TJN and its partners. Devereux’s riposte says little of interest, but accuses us of seeking “to spread innuendo about the messenger rather than to engage in constructive debate about the research” – without noting that the letters page of a newspaper – ours was just...
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