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WATCH — Illicit Financial Flows grow poverty in the developing world

Raymond Baker is the president of Global Financial Integrity and an international authority on financial crimes. He was at the conference on Tax Justice and Poverty in Nairobi, Kenya 21-24 March 2019. Ricardo da Silva SJ stole him away from one of the sessions for an interview. He asked him about Illicit Financial Flows, their impact on the developing world and why it’s important for people of faith to act against these injustices.

Raymond Baker interviewed in Nairobi, Kenya by Ricardo da Silva SJ for spotlight.africa

* The opinions expressed here by Spotlight.Africa contributors and editors are their own and not official statements of the Society of Jesus in South Africa or of the Catholic Church unless explicitly stated.

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Ricardo da Silva SJ
Ricardo is a member of the South African region of the Jesuits and an ordained deacon of the Roman Catholic Church. In 2020, he received a master's degree in journalism from the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University, New York, where he was an African Pulitzer Fellow and reported on religion, mental health, housing and other social injustices. Before moving to the U.S.A., Ricardo served as acting editor of spotlight.africa and was on the team at Jesuit Institute South Africa. His preparation for ministry as a Jesuit has taken him to study theology in Brazil, philosophy in the U.K and brief working stints in Zimbabwe and Spain. As a Jesuit, he has ministered to refugees, migrants, people experiencing street homelessness, young adults, seminarians, the elderly, and high school and university students, staff and faculty. Before entering religious life in 2007, Ricardo worked in marketing, communications, and brand management before joining the Jesuits in 2007. Ricardo holds dual citizenship, having emigrated from Portugal to South Africa at the age of six with his mother.

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