Everyday 10 women die giving birth in Sierra Leone

Every day, 10 women die giving birth in Sierra Leone. Sierra Leone lacks the funds to provide basic services like adequate health clinics, proper health training or enough ambulances to transport people to far-away hospitals.

A lack of funding for such services is a complex matter, but an effective tax system would help developing countries like Sierra Leone to access a sustainable and predictable flow of revenue that could be used to fund essential services, such as healthcare.

As a result of successful campaigning Christian Aid persuaded the Irish government to undertake a ‘spillover analysis’, which was intended to assess whether Ireland’s tax code is damaging developing countries efforts to raise taxes from companies operating there.

Ireland’s very attractive tax offering can have the effect of pulling taxable profit away from companies based in developing countries with higher levels of corporation tax, into related companies in low tax countries like Ireland, and in doing so, deprive those countries of vital revenue.

However, Christian Aid found that the government’s ‘spillover analysis’ contained a number of gaps and Christian Aid’s 2017 report, Global Linkages, showed that developing countries are, in fact, being negatively affected by Irish tax policy.

This Christian Aid Week we are calling on the government to revisit their spillover analysis, to address the gaps Christian Aid have identified and make sure their policies do not negatively affect countries like Sierra Leone. Please sign our petition to Minister for Finance, Paschal Donohoe, calling on him to revisit the spillover analysis.