After failing to resign in April despite characterising UK PM Tony Blair’s leadership in the attack on Iraq as “reckless”, International Development Secretary Clare Short finally left her cabinet post in May. Ms. Short said that the failure to place the UN at the centre of Iraqi reconstruction efforts – breaking a promise made to her by the PM – had precipitated her departure. Replacing Short is the pro-Blair, Guyanese-born Baroness Valerie Amos – an unelected member of the House of Lords and formerly the PM’s envoy to Africa. Baroness Amos is the first black woman in cabinet.
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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