In association with Global Justice Sheffield
Martha Musonza Holman of the Fairtrade charity Love Zimbabwe sets the scene of Zimbabweans’ everyday lives; Africa@UK’s Gbenga Shadare describes working with insiders who assisted looters; Jubilee Debt Campaign’s Tim Jones reveals how UK banks facilitate ruinous debt, including via ‘odious loans’; and Christian Aid’s Sophie Efange argues for reparations for Britain’s violent colonial history, now perpetuating Africa’s modern-day structural inequalities.
The wealth privately sent abroad each year from Africa averages at least four times total international aid. And that’s only the tip of an iceberg of theft facilitated by Western interests. Debate with our panel of speakers about their own recommended contributions to the broader set of policy and social change that's required to end this and other injustices.
Martha Musonza Holman, of Love Zimbabwe, a Fairtrade charity, will set the scene in terms of the everyday impacts of this international theft on people’s everyday lives in Zimbabwe.
Tim Jones, of Jubilee Debt Campaign, will highlight how UK companies extract wealth from Africa through odious loans. This includes the case in Mozambique where $2 billion of secret loans from London banks have triggered a debt crisis in the country.
Gbenga Shadare, of Africa@UK, will tell his own personal story, as a former investment banker/wealth manager, describing his experience of working with insiders and former operatives who assisted looters and politicians.
Sophie Efange, of Christian Aid, will bring out the role of Britain’s violent colonial history in perpetuating modern day structural inequalities in Africa – including via tax havens and illicit financial flows – and the need to shift from Aid to reparations.
This event is part of the 'Living Together' strand which has kindly been sponsored by Learn Sheffield, Create Sheffield and Cohesion Sheffield.