The IFC is considering a US$20 million funding proposal for a polyvinyl chloride (PVC) plant in an industrial estate in Cuddalore, Tamil Nadu. Corporate Watch charges that “the process has been marred by irregularities, behind-the-scenes dealings and a lack of transparency. Local communities already suffer health problems and PVC is a known carcinogen”. Villagers have succeeded in getting the loan decision delayed but the IFC says it still wants to fund the project as PVC pipes are a priority for developing India’s water infrastructure.
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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