Activists from Eastern and Southern Africa gathered in Nairobi early August to discuss a civil society Economic Policy Project launched by MWENGO, a reflection and development centre for NGOs in the region. MWENGO argues that “there is a wide gap between the far reaching social implications of economic policy on the one hand and the select preserve of those able, in African civil and political society, to participate in serious debate on such policy”. The new initiative aims at exploring ways to increase “capacity for the public to understand issues of economic policy, and to petition for their own economic rights”.
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.
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