This Colombian community’s land is threatened by mining development, yet they struggle to get the information they need to defend their rights
Transparency is a popular word right now, but working out exactly what it means can be difficult.One of the four IFs of the Enough Food for Everyone IF campaign is all about transparency: forcing governments and investors to be honest and open about the deals they make in the poorest countries that stop people getting enough food.
So when it comes to the IF campaign, what does transparency actually mean in practice and what it’s got to do with tackling hunger?
Our world produces enough food to feed everyone but we know that currently one in eight people go hungry. One of the reasons why our global food system is not working as it should, is that power in concentrated in the hands of relatively few players.
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When will people in developing countries benefit from the wealth beneath their feet?
This letter was signed by 15 Bishops from three continents.
Multinational companies deprive developing countries of nearly 125 billion Euros each year.
We, church leaders from all over the world, call on the EU to stop this now.
As the crises hit our economies and societies harder every day and impact particularly on the poorest, citizens are asking for new rules to put more morality into the financial system.
Take action now: support CAFOD’s Open up the books campaign >
One particularly hairy Mrs Doyle
Outside Methodist Central Hall in Westminster, the passers-by are bemused. That’s because they’re being harangued by a group of men and women dressed as Mrs Doyle from Father Ted: “Go on, go on, go on, go on, refresh the call for global justice,” they chant, in semi-convincing Irish accents.
The Mrs Doyles are surprisingly well informed about the overseas development budget: “Labour promised in 1974 that 0.7% of GDP would be ring-fenced for aid,” says one particularly hairy Mrs Doyle, “and 35 years later, we’re still waiting… Now will you have a cup of tea?”
Today is Teatime for Change, a lobby organised by a coalition of aid agencies: alongside CAFOD are Christian Aid, Action Aid, Oxfam, Save the Children and Tearfund. The idea is that members of the public can sit down with their MPs and talk to them about why overseas aid matters.
Bernie O’Callaghan at Tea time for change