Global Health Justice

Global Theft

Much of our global health work is defined by what we can do – or we can’t do – in the context of resource scarcity. But we also know that most countries have more than enough resources to achieve health for all. Resource scarcity is largely a myth, and the real problem is global theft of those resources. The GH community, however, rarely draws attention to the systematic theft of these resources, either by, or enabled by, people in rich countries. Rich individuals, including those considered global health saviors, and their large corporations move money from accounts in one country to another in order to avoid paying taxes, and not contributing their fair share to efforts that could improve global health. Other examples include expropriation of raw materials, like water, without fair compensation, patents and trade regimens that are highly unfair, currency speculation, corporate practices that engender poverty wages and dangerous working conditions, and environmental devastation.

January 22, 2024

UN Tax Reform offers hope to Low Income Countries

By GHJ Team

In late November 2023, developing countries at the UN won a historic vote to set up a tax convention in spite of resistance from rich countries. This Guardian editorial (see below) explains how poor nations’ ability to feed, educate and provide healthcare to their people is hobbled by illicit and hidden movements of capital worth…

July 31, 2023

Countries on course to lose $4.7 trillion to tax havens over next 10 years

By GHJ Team

The tax justice network recently released its 2023 State of Tax Justice report that estimates that, if no action is taken, countries will  lose nearly US$5 trillion in tax to multinational corporations and wealthy individuals using tax havens to underpay tax over the next 10 years. Lower incomes countries’ tax losses ($46 billion) are equivalent…

March 24, 2023

UK Job Offers Threaten Nepal’s Hospitals: Concerns Grow Over Devastating Impact on Healthcare System

By Alina Metje, GHJ Team

Nepal’s public health system is plagued by staff shortages, dilapidated infrastructure, overcrowded wards, long wait times, and meager pay, making it a country that the WHO has designated to not be targeted for healthcare professional recruitment. Despite this, the UK’s National Health Service (NHS) has signed a deal with Nepal to recruit Nepali nurses, a…


March 10, 2023

Record Profits for Top Western Oil and Gas Companies Amid Global Crisis

By Alina Metje, GHJ Team

Crisis year 2022 brought $134 billion in excess profit to the West’s five largest oil and gas companies The world’s five largest oil and gas companies made a record $195 billion in profits in 2022, up almost 120% from the previous year, thanks to the global energy crisis triggered by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and…


March 8, 2023

Poverty and Exploitation in Jobs, Housing, Banking

By Matthew Desmond from the NY Times Magazine

Desmond describes the structural role of exploitation in the persistence of poverty in the USA –  that is also highly relevant to poverty globally. While we try to promote programs to aid the poor, ‘we have not confronted the unrelenting exploitation of the poor in the labor, housing, and financial markets,” This simply means that…

June 7, 2022

Is Bill Gates a barrier to fair taxation?

By Steve Gloyd

Fair taxation is fundamental to global health. Taxes provide the necessary resources to finance strategies to improve health, including social determinants of health (education, nutrition, housing, water, sanitation) and health care. Taxes provide resources for the public health infrastructure that is essential to implement and scale up the technologies and programs developed by the Gates…

May 31, 2022

Haiti’s stolen billions

By NY Times series - multiple authors

For more than a century, Haiti has been labeled a disaster, a basket case, a place so destitute, indebted, lacking and lawless that it needs constant saving. The assassination of the president in his bedroom, the kidnappings in the capital, the swells of Haitian migrants heading to the United States — they all point to…


[BOOKS] on Global Theft

By Steve Gloyd

Here are some excellent books on global theft that relate to global health: A Brief History of Equality, by Thomas Picketty (2022) An excellent history of  social/political movements and resulting national policies in dozens of countries that have markedly improved equality since 1780. With impressive data, he shows that progressive taxes on income and wealth…


May 18, 2022

[PODCAST] USA – global leader on the 2022 Financial Secrecy Index

By Naomi Fowler, Tax Justice Network

Naomi Fowler (Tax Justice Network) May 2022: “We’re hearing a lot from world leaders about sanctions against Russian oligarchs at the moment. We know financial secrecy is what the powerful, the corrupt, and criminals really love. With financial secrecy they can undermine the democratic will of any country’s government. They can drain the tax revenues that…

March 19, 2022

Tax justice network: The 4 Rs of tax justice

By Tax Justice Network

If revenue losses due to global tax abuse were reversed, every year 17 million more people could benefit from clean water and 34 million from basic sanitation – preventing 600,000 child deaths and 73,000 maternal deaths.  International cooperation to progressively raise more state revenue,  tax policies to foster social redistribution in the context of extreme…


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