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News and analysis on complex policy issues by experts in their field.

Chiara Mariotti

Civil society warns World Bank: The Business Enabling Environment Project is a rebranding of the disgraced Doing Business Report and it must be abandoned

Today the World Bank closed a consultation process on their plans to replace the discontinued Doing Business Report (DBR) with the Business Environment Enabling Project (BEE). A coalition of  CSOs have delivered a strongly worded submission arguing this is a rebranding exercise which does not address the root problems in the Bank's engagement in private sector advice

  • Development Finance
  • IFIs
Adrian Chikowore

The 6th EU-Africa Summit: Plenty of rhetoric, very little substance

The 6th European Union-African Union Summit was held in Brussels last month. This event - which is held every three years is designed to offer a separate platform for dialogue and setting a common political agenda, along with the existing set of policies between the members of the EU and AU.

  • Development Finance
Tove Ryding

New leak shows Swiss banking secrecy and illicit financial flows is still a serious problem

The Suisse Secrets leak confirms civil society's long held concerns that trusts can be used to circumvent transparency rules and hide money. The era of bank secrecy is far from over.

  • Tax Justice
  • Stop Tax Dodging

African-European CSOs issue statement to all Heads of States and government dignitaries attending the 6th EU-AU Summit

Ahead of the 6th European Union - African Union Summit, a coalition of African and European civil society organisations issued a declaration to urge governments and institutions to build a new AU-EU partnership based on equality, inclusivity, mutual accountability, shared values and prosperity.

  • Development Finance
Ilaria Crotti

Infogram: Ghana and the debt crisis

Ghana passed quickly from being the poster child economy for West Africa to being one step away from losing its access to international capital markets.

  • Debt Justice
  • Covid-19
Iolanda Fresnillo

G20 buries its head in the sand amidst increasing calls for action on sovereign debt

Last week, G20 Finance Ministers failed to act on calls to enhance the Common Framework. In this article we look at the trends and risks regarding sovereign debt that the G20 seem to be ignoring and we believe will need close attention in the coming months. 

This article was originally published on 16 February and updated on 24 February. 

  • Debt Justice
  • IFIs

CSOs call for entire plan to count donated excess Covid-19 vaccines as aid to be scrapped following failure of OECD DAC members to agree

Last week, the OECD’s Development Assistance Committee (DAC) failed to agree on a plan to report the donation of excess Covid-19 vaccine doses as aid. Yet, donors willing to report their excess vaccine donations will still be able to do so as in-kind donations, despite the lack of agreement.

  • Development Finance
  • Covid-19

Joint civil society organisations’ letter to the EIB Board of Directors on the draft Environmental and Social Sustainability Framework

Ahead of the adoption of the EIB’s Environmental and Social Sustainability Framework (ESSF), civil society call on the EIB Directors to adopt a stronger set of policies and standards guiding its future operations, especially at a time when the EIB is creating a development branch and undergoing a transformation into the “EU Climate Bank”.

  • Climate Finance

CSOs call for open public consultation on the IMF’s forthcoming Gender Strategy

81 civil society organisations call on the IMF Board to support an open and meaningful public consultation process around the forthcoming Gender Strategy.

  • Gender Justice
  • IFIs
Eurodad

Joint CSO reaction on the ODA-eligibility of Covid-19 vaccine related spending

An open letter to the OECD by Eurodad and other civil society organisations on the latest proposal for valuation of donations of excess Covid-19 vaccine doses to developing countries in ODA.

  • Development Finance
  • Covid-19
Eurodad

Joint civil society submission on the Development Policy Financing Retrospective

The World Bank Group's use of Development Policy Financing as an instrument to nudge countries towards specific policy reforms, undermines countries’ policy space and democratic ownership.

  • Development Finance
  • IFIs
Eurodad

CSOs issue joint statement following World Bank's 'inadequate' consultations on global development policies

A coalition of Civil Society Organisations issues a joint statement addressed to the World Bank Executive Directors to express concern about inadequate World Bank CSO engagement on key policy processes, such as the IDA20 replenishment and Development Policy Financing retrospective.

  • Development Finance
  • IFIs