Susanna Moorehead, former DFID head in India, has been appointed UK executive director (ED) to the World Bank; Alex Gibbs will remain ED to the Fund (formerly the ED covered both the Bank and Fund). Labour MP and member of the International Development Committee (IDC) Hugh Bayley has been elected chair of the Parliamentary Network on the World Bank (PNoWB), succeeding US Congresswoman Betty McCollum, who resigned to devote more time to upcoming US elections. More hands on deck are welcome considering DFID’s massive increase in support to the Bank (see Update 59) and weak oversight. The latest example of the latter came in DFID’s response to the critical IDC report on DFID and the World Bank which was described by the Bretton Woods Project as a “sheepish defence”.
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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