At its April spring meetings, the World Bank decided not to give press accreditation to Aidwatch – a blog linked to the New York University’s Development Research Institute – banning the site’s bloggers from access to the media briefing center. Aidwatch contributor Laura Freschi said: “I was shocked, actually, since the World Bank is usually ahead of the curve when it comes to technology and communication. I expected so much better.” The Bank has not explained its decision, but responded by forwarding to the Aidwatch bloggers the 2011 World Development Report, which at that time had not yet been released.
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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