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All Quotes by author - Winnie Byanyima
" African countries lose billions every year because of tax dodging by big corporations and wealthy individuals. They lose billions more from overly generous tax incentives in a misguided belief that this is the only way to attract foreign investment. "
" African countries lose the most from tax dodging. African governments must, therefore, do more to push for a full reform of the global tax system and demand action from countries, such as the U.K., whose financial centres sit at the heart of the global network of tax havens. "
" Africa's young population could be a huge economic asset if inequality were addressed. "
" A global tax body would give all countries - not just the rich and powerful - an equal say in how the global rules on taxation are designed. "
" A good leader, in my view, should have a clear vision of the future they want and the society they need to build. They must also have a connection with the people who work for them and be able to mobilise their best energies to create teams where people can be most creative and happy. "
" A tax system is important because of what it can pay for, but also for how it works. When we pay taxes, we expect something back from the state; it strengthens the relationship and accountability between us and our governments. It also pays for what private finance shouldn't: our needs for healthcare, education and social security. "
" Billions of people are being left behind by economic growth. "
" By allowing super wealthy corporations and individuals to avoid paying their fair share of tax, tax havens are denying governments' revenue that could and should be spent on schools, healthcare, and other essential services. "
" Citizens need to know how their countries are being run so that they can hold governments and big business to account. "
" Civil society space provides the oxygen for citizens to participate and meaningfully hold their governments and the private sector to account - and ensure that decisions are made in the interest of the majority and not the few. Without it, citizens have limited space to dissent and challenge the elites. "
" Conflict and callous politics drive famine. "
" Corporations are driving down wages and working conditions across the globe to maximize returns for their shareholders. They use their power and influence to ensure the rules align with their interests - no matter the cost. "
" Crucially, African governments must ensure they prioritize the eradication of tax evasion and tax avoidance. "
" Cutting down a forest for timber adds to GDP, but what we don't record is the loss to our wealth in terms of natural resources. "
" Democracy in Myanmar cannot be achieved with discrimination and gross violations of human rights. "
" Developing countries are losing significant tax revenues through corporate tax dodging. "
" Developing countries can make great strides towards more progressive and effective taxation and spending through action within their own borders. But the damage caused by exemptions, loopholes, and tax havens requires action beyond national borders - it requires international action and cooperation. "
" Development cooperation between nations is very important because it is one of the building blocks of shared peace, prosperity, and human rights for all. It is one of the antidotes to the poison of xenophobia. "
" Economic inequality is a corrosive force that undermines economic growth, puts a brake on the fight against poverty, and sparks social unrest. "
" Ending extreme poverty is possible. "
" Extreme inequality is no temporary blip. It is hard-wired into our economies. "
" Far too many governments are cutting back on their investment in human development. "
" For me, growing up as an activist under an oppressive dictatorship in Uganda, the U.N. was a friend to those of us who fought our way to freedom, as it was for the millions who joined decolonization struggles in the African continent. "
" Fundamental is the need for governments to protect the space for citizens to claim their rights, organize, and express themselves. "
" GDP excludes care work and other unpaid work, most of which falls to women and girls in rich and in poor countries alike. "
" Global governance needs recalibrating so it works in the public interest of all the world's citizens - not just for the few. "
" Global governments should start seriously talking about the creation of a World Tax Authority with the mission to ensure that tax systems will deliver for the public interests in all countries. "
" Global growth and development that is strong, sustainable, and inclusive requires the challenges of inequality to be met head-on. "
" Governments and civil society must step up to ensure inclusivity in the commissioning, design, delivery, and assessment of vital public services. "
" Governments should end the extreme concentration of wealth in order to end poverty. This means tackling tax dodging but also increasing taxes on wealth and high incomes to ensure a more level playing field and generate the billions of dollars needed to invest in healthcare, education, and job creation. "
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