Why tax is a human rights issue: empowering communities living in poverty to hold governments to account for public services
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- Publisher: Institute of Commonwealth Studies, School of Advanced Study, University of London
Sitting on the floor the villagers are drawing a map of their area. They’re marking all the essential services they use, including those that are provided by the government and those that are private. The community map they’re creating has little on it. There is no public school, nor public health clinic. The water borehole they use was built by an NGO. As the women and men discuss, the sense of the government as a provider of public services is almost nonexistent. The access to the local government with the power to make decisions is a district official, in the nearest district town, which is a long distance.
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