Heads of the IFIs were in Geneva in November for a World Trade Organization conference to take stock of its aid for trade taskforce. Two years since its launch, there is still no accepted definition of ‘aid for trade’, no effective monitoring and evaluation mechanisms, and little or no additional money. Bank president Zoellick announced more of the same for the Bank: resources for infrastructure, private sector support and work on tools to analyse trade obstacles. Trade NGOs have developed aid for trade principles demanding that it: be provided without detrimental conditions; not serve as a quid pro quo for concessions in negotiations; and be additional to existing aid.
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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