The Brazilian campaign is the first of its kind in South America and has been active in championing a financial transactions tax (FTT) for social justice since November 2011.
The campaign has gone to great lengths to associate the tax with the fight against AIDS, the provision of funds for development and gender equality, and in tackling the effects of climate change, both internally and globally.
Brazil made an important step in 2011 by introducing a tax on currency derivatives, but the government of Dilma Rousseff has yet to endorse such a move on a global level. Through building a coalition with regional and international organisations, the Robin Hood Tax campaign is continuing to engage with the public and pressure politicians for more substantive commitments. In 2012, Brazil’s progress was highlighted in their involvement with the FTT global week of action, successfully staging a rally in Recife and releasing a hoard of media products to great reception.