In July South African activists told IMF Managing Director Horst Köhler that the IMF was not welcome. They pointed out that the IMF made huge loans to apartheid South Africa during the late 1970s and early 1980s and called for the IMF to make reparations. The Campaign for Neoliberalism in South Africa concluded that the IMF has no role in a democratic society, and should begin the process of full debt cancellation and reparations for the enormous damage done to the region over the past few decades.
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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