'Plain English' Economics

The Project

Between January and May 2021, we piloted a project to produce 'plain-English' resources that were requested by teachers involved in teaching global justice at the post-primary level. Feedback from teachers and educators was that they needed more jargon-free, accessible current-affairs content for the classroom - and we listened!

This project has now been funded for a second year, and we will be producing five more 'Plain English Economics' resources on a variety of topics, such as the new tax rules, vulture funds, climate finance and more. 

You can find them in the 'resource finder' on our website by searching 'Plain English Economics' under 'type'.

See below for our Plain English Economics content to date. These are ready to be used in the classroom.

Plain English Economics 

LinkThemes ExploredType

Climate Finance: The Devil is in the Detail


Tax, Debt, Interest 
rates, Inequality

Teacher/educator resource with video, quiz and follow up activities
Reprogramming Tax Table QuizTax, HealthcareDistilled report

We need a green fiscal plan to beat the twin crises of climate and Covid

Climate Change,
European Policy
Accessed-up article from the Business Post
Interactive activity

Debt and Covid-19: The Case of Zambia

Debt, ColonialismCase study (Zambia default)

Debt and Covid-19: The Case of Zambia - Crossword

Debt, ColonialismCrossword

Profiting from the Pandemic: The How and Why of a People's Vaccine

Vaccine, Nationalism, Trade
Responsible business,
Intellectual property

Case study (TRIPS Waiver)
Definition Matching
Moving debate

Why does the UN chief think a debt crisis for the global south is on the way?

Debt, Economic growth
Interest rates
Accessed-up article from Financial Times

How the Pandemic is worsening Inequality


Inequality, Labour,

Accessed-up article in video format from Financial Times

What is the proposal for a Global Minimum Tax Rate? And why is it important for Global Justice?

TaxDistilled articles and activities throughout (worksheet)
Reflective questions

Global austerity alert! 'Looming public budget cuts' after covid-19, and alternative pathways.


Austerity, InequalityDistilled working paper and essay from the Third World Network


Please email campaign@financialjustice.ie with any feedback on any of the resources.