The Multilateral Organisations Performance Assessment Network (MOPAN), has published its 2005 survey of the perceptions of multilateral organisations at the country level, covering the World Bank, the UN Population Fund and UNAIDS. MOPAN is a network of nine donor countries (Austria, Canada, Denmark, Finland, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, and the UK) which jointly conduct an annual survey of multilateral partnership behaviour in developing countries. According to the report, the World Bank needs improvement in the areas of capacity development, support to civil society and reform of its internal procedures in order to deepen PRS alignment and harmonisation. The Bank is perceived as “pursuing its own institutional goals and procedures” and “pushing a technical blueprint inappropriate to existing capacity”.
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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