The joint draft report from the Executive Board Working Groups reviewing the leadership selection processes of the World Bank and IMF recommends that candidates could be nationals of any member country, and that Executive Directors should agree on a shortlist and make an appointment by consensus. If implemented, the new process could offer more flexibility than the current process where European and US governments put forward candidates for the IMF and Bank leaders respectively. In practice there is nothing in the recommendations that would prevent powerful countries continuing to impose their candidates.
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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