The World Bank said in late February that it would not guarantee the billion-dollar Nam Theun II dam in Laos until the government commits itself to significant political and economic reforms. World Bank Vice President for East Asia and the Pacific Jean-Michel Severino said “It is important that the government has a good understanding of the conditions which will make the project technically, economically, politically, and ecologically sustainable,” Severino is quoted as saying. “We can’t commit ourselves on global risk without acceptable macroeconomic conditions being in place.”
The IMF and the World Bank are increasingly engaged with the challenge of addressing how tax avoidance and evasion affect developing countries, but need to address the role played by multinational enterprises and tax havens in exacerbating inequality and undermining countries’ domestic revenues.
The Bretton Woods Project has published a new briefing providing a critical analysis of the IMF's latest work on gender equality. The briefing questions the sustainability of the Fund's new approach to gender equality and reveals that the Fund's analysis so far is limited and inconsistent with the full achievement of women's economic empowerment.
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