Public funding for private health care?

Mounting evidence shows that this funding is going to expensive out-of-reach private hospitals and clinics in low- and middle-income countries that are widening healthcare inequalities, exacerbating poverty and gender-based discrimination and violating human rights. Far from advancing progress towards Universal Health Coverage as governments have committed, this form of development finance is undermining it. 

Open statement: stop spending development funds on for-profit private healthcare providers | Oxfam International

Is this what aid was meant to be?

A critical analysis of Official development Aid in 2023, by Eurodad

ODA-2023-briefing-jun18-EN.pdf (nationbuilder.com)

Government Debt is only a symptom

 Developing country governments are being blamed for irresponsibly borrowing too much. The resulting debt stress has blocked investments and growth in this unequal and unfair world economic order.

Government Debt Is Symptom, Not Cause | Inter Press Service (ipsnews.net)

Poverty Inc.

How helping the poor becamebig business

The Rise of Poverty Inc. – The Atlantic

Land grabs squeeze the rural poor

A worldwide phenomenon: since 2008, farmland acquisitions have doubled prices worldwide, squeezing family farmers and other poor rural communities. Such land grabs are worsening inequality, poverty, and food insecurity.

Land Grabs Squeeze Rural Poor Worldwide | Inter Press Service (ipsnews.net)

Cleaners come out of the shadows

‘The EU’s ultra-liberal policies can even be found in Parliament’s toilets’ read the lead into a recent media investigation of cleaners’ abysmal working conditions in the European Parliament. The findings—including the fear of speaking to journalists—should not come as any surprise.

Cleaners come out from the shadows to mobilise (socialeurope.eu)

Why Inequality matters …

On Labour’s ‘deselection’ of a candidate who fights inequality …

Why Wealth Inequality Matters, Part 2: Reflections on the deselection of Faiza Shaheen | LSE Inequalities

International Domestic Workers’ Day

he ITUC demands democratic workplace rights for all domestic workers as it stands in solidarity with them this International Domestic Workers’ Day, 16 June.

International Domestic Workers’ Day: democracy and decent work for all domestic workers – International Trade Union Confederation (ituc-csi.org)

Child food poverty …

Sadly, the fact that vast numbers of very young children are deprived of the food types they need to develop properly may be little surprise, but the sheer scale of the crisis still has the power to shock.

Child Food Poverty | UNICEF

Democratic Workers’ rights crumbling …

The 2024 ITUC Global Rights Index makes for difficult reading – a clear and urgent wake-up call that the democratic values and fundamental rights agreed upon by most countries at an international level are crumbling.

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