Financial liberalisation has created volatility in financial markets, threatening the orderly running of national economies. Taming Global Financial Flows: a Citizen’s Guide by Kavaljit Singh, Coordinator of the Public Interest Research Centre, Delhi, explains and analyses the rapidly changing world of global finance and calls for radical reforms. It covers many aspects of the financial system, including capital account liberalisation, hedge funds, tax havens, capital controls and the international financial institutions. Singh sets out guiding principles for a more stable financial architecture and recommends concrete reform measures.
After 4 years of on-off negotiation and public opposition, the government of Egypt has signed a loan deal with the IMF whose impacts civil society fears will encroach upon human rights, social protection and social provision, like health and education, upon which the poorest depend.
Investments by the World Bank-hosted Global Financing Facility (GFF) do not reflect the family planning priorities identified by developing countries and local communities. The GFF also continues to suffer from a lack of transparency and meaningful civil society participation, raising doubts about the new mechanism’s effectiveness.
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