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Doing more harm than good? Our latest report on the UK's development bank, CDC


14 February 2020
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Amid the recent back and forth over whether the Department for International Development will be merged into the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, very little attention has been paid to the role of the UK's development finance institution, CDC, in UK development policy.

Freedom of Movement 2.0 Party – a day to imagine a world without borders

We currently live in a dystopian world of borders. In the past couple of weeks Greece has revealed plans to install a ‘floating wall’ in the Aegean sea to deter migrants from attempting to enter Europe. Trump has announced he will expand his travel ban to citizens from Nigeria, Eritrea, Sudan, Tanzania, Kyrgyzstan and Myanmar. And Boris Johnson has deported 17 Jamaicans many of whom have been in the UK since they were children. None of this is natural, and none of this should be normal. On 15 February we will gather  to listen, discuss and dance to the utopian ideals of open borders. Join us!

Trump in your trolley: how big business is pushing for lower standards through a trade deal with the US


23 January 2020

Big business wants to use a US-UK trade deal as a way to get deregulation that they have long been pushing for. Transnational corporations try to justify this by saying it would be easier for them to produce to one set of standards, but somehow it is always the lowest common denominator that they push for, not a raising of standards across the board.

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CDC Group using international aid money to invest in private health and schools, fossil fuel projects and companies accused of human rights abuses, many based in tax havens.

As campaign group Global Justice Now finished the final day of their legal attempt to force the UK government to release details of trade talks with more than a dozen countries this week, government lawyers admitted that further trade talks are underway with unnamed countries, which the public is not even allowed to know are happening. 

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A sixth development secretary in five years speaks volumes about the government’s lack of interest in fighting global poverty.