Lessons from COVID-19 for addressing loss and damage in vulnerable developing countries

This is the first in a series of 3 briefings under the banner: Unpacking Finance for Loss and Damage, produced by Stamp Out Poverty, Heinrich Böll Stiftung (Washington, DC), ActionAid International, Bread for the World and Practical Action.

This briefing examines how the size of the Covid crisis and the level of required response teaches us to reset our level of ambition, both to speed up and scale up  climate action to meet the challenges of loss and damage.

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The Currency Transaction Tax - enhancing financial stability and financing development

Read Sony Kapoor’s original report for the Tobin Tax Network back in 2004: The Currency Transaction Tax – enhancing financial stability and financing development.



Billions to Trillions: A Reality Check

Our new report, Billions to Trillions: A Reality Check authored by Sony Kapoor of the think tank, RE-DEFINE, was launched during the 2019 UN Financing for Development Forum in New York.

The report outlines whay the mobilisation potential of blending has been oversold through the Billions to Trillions agenda by a factor of ten, and how continued blending evangelism is unhelpful in reaching the Sustainable Development Goals.

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The Climate Damages Tax: A guide to what it is and how it works

Our new Climate Damages Tax report was launched during COP24 in Katowice, Poland. The report outlines how a Climate Damages Tax on the fossil fuel industry – those overwhelmingly responsible for the climate problem – could raise approximately $300 billion a year in revenues for loss and damage to help the most vulnerable people deal with the worst impacts of climate change, and billions more for just transition to renewable energy, jobs and transport.

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: Executive Summary – The Climate Damages Tax: A guide to what it is and how it works

REPORT: The Climate Damages Tax: A guide to what it is and how it works

OPED: It’s time for those who caused climate change to pay for it

Please click here for the full data estimating potential CDT revenues.

Financiers Letter

More than 50 financiers have come out in support of the financial transactions tax (i.e. Robin Hood Tax, FTT), arguing that it will reduce financial instability and raise significant additional government revenue.


To read the letter: Click here

Improving resilience, increasing revenue

Avinash Persaud – Intelligence Capital, May 2017

Former banker makes the case for modernising the UK’s current stamp duty on shares which could bring in an extra £4.7bn/year, £23.5bn over the course of a 5 year Parliament.


Closing the Stamp Duty Loophole

Avinash Persaud – Intelligence Capital, April 2015

This paper estimates that £1.2bn to £1.9bn could be generated by closing loopholes in the UK’s stamp duty on share transactions, leading to an increase in total revenues from £3.1bn to £4.3bn to £5.0bn. 4175

Taxing Transactions in Financial Derivatives: Problems and Solutions

Avinash Persaud – Intelligence Capital, September 2014

In this report, Professor Persaud dismantles arguments made by bank lobbyists fighting against the Financial Transactions Tax. 3913

Financial Transactions Tax: Myth Busting

Hillman D and Ashford C, 2012

Stamp Out Poverty have created an extremely useful ‘FTT Myth-Busting’ paper which covers 12 common ‘myths’ concerning the impact of the FTT which continue to be peddled by our opponents. All of which can be shown to be false. 844

Climate Finance: a tool-kit for assessing climate mitigation and adaptation funding mechanisms

Stephen Spratt and Christina Ashford, 2011. Institute of Development Studies (IDS) and Stamp Out Poverty

Developed countries have committed to raising $100 billion a year to help finance climate mitigation and adaptation activities in developing countries. Where will this money come from?