On 31 January, the IFC approved a $125 million loan to Newmont Mining Corporation for the development of the Ahafo gold mine project in western Ghana. Ghanaian and international NGOs say the project has displaced 9,500 people and will displace a further 20,000. A number of people have been injured over compensation rows. Environmental concerns include depleted groundwater, contamination of water sources, and threats to biodiversity. “Newmont has not addressed the community concerns. Instead it has spent resources on research to support its public stance that the community problems are nonexistent”, said Daniel Owusu-Koranteng, executive director of the Wassa Association of Communities Affected by Mining.
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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