There is enough global wealth to eradicate poverty several times over. There is enough food to feed the world. But our economic policies and systems are undemocratic, inefficient and ineffective. Tax havens, banks, hedge funds and corporations, flourishing in a neoliberal policy environment, are as responsible for millions of child deaths as viruses and bacteria. Socio-economic inequality – growing at the global level and within many countries – breeds violence and conflict; and undermines good governance and sustainable development.
Medact exists to support the wider development movement to reform our global economic institutions. It works to promote tax as a public health policy instrument that can strengthen democracy and promote redistribution. It calls for the eradication of tax havens and for a reallocation of global resources towards social development and environmental protection.
In this new piece, Daniel Carter, Medact member and research fellow at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, discusses the need for greater protections for renters as a public health measure to prevent a second wave of COVID-19. The piece is also...
Our 2020 Annual Report provides an overview of our work and direction in the last year, including how this has pivoted in response to the coronavirus pandemic.
Our monthly economic justice issue group meeting where this month we will be developing actions to address housing and income insecurity, key determinants of the unequal impact of the pandemic.
Watch a recording of our Action Call with London Renters Union & Pathways where we discussed the interconnected issues of housing justice and health equity.
This piece was written during the peak of the Black Lives Matter movement. In the wake of BLM protests and the global uprising against racism during a devastating pandemic, we are left thinking about what our society could look like - post hyperawareness of this...