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Eurodad report finds conflicts of interest in Tax Inspectors Without Borders initiative 

Eurodad's latest report "For whose benefit? A different perspective on Tax Inspectors Without Borders", includes an analysis of three TIWB pilot projects, and found that 'serious conflicts of interest' could be identified. It found that donor countries had substantial corporate interests in the countries where their experts were sent. It also found that principles of aid effectiveness were not followed, with donor countries in the lead on pilot projects...


Eurodad reaction to OECD proposals that could see
much more aid spent on
private sector

Eurodad reacted to proposed reforms by the OECD Development Assistance Committee (DAC), which would amount to the biggest changes to aid rules for over 40 years. Eurodad's response warned that the proposed changes would significantly increase the amount of aid used to subsidise private finance without ensuring the necessary safeguards. 


The IMF and World Bank Annual Meetings: The Bretton Woods Institutions stuck in policy dilemmas
The backdrop to this year’s Annual Meetings of the IMF and World Bank was continued slow growth globally and the risk of new debt crises. Despite the IMF warning that private and public debt levels were dangerously high, the response of the Bretton Woods Institutions was to encourage the creation of more debt through the IMF's lending facilities and through the promotion of Public Private Partnerships (PPPs).


Eurodad director Jesse Griffiths’ new blog, "Three principles for aid and the private sector", reflects on recent OECD proposals that could see much more aid used to support the private sector. He notes that no matter what kind of aid we are talking about, basic principles of aid effectiveness must be adhered to. The focus of aid should be on quality over quantity, coupled with a firm commitment to democratic ownership and transparency.


The Reality of Aid 2016 report, "Technical cooperation as an aid modality: Demand-led or donor-driven?" notes that despite technical cooperation being one of the most widely used forms of aid, to date it has largely been conducted in isolation from principles of democratic ownership and partnership. The reports looks at what approaches and reforms are needed in order for donors and recipients to ensure that technical assistance is consistent with these principles.

What’s New

Jubilee Debt Campaign’s latest report “The Fall and Rise of Ghana’s Debt: How a new debt trap has been set” analyses Ghana’s debt crisis, finding that the costs of this crisis have fallen on the people of Ghana while lenders have not carried their share of the cost of any irresponsible lending.

The International Conference on responsible taxation in development finance, organised jointly by Eurodad and Oxfam IBIS concludes a three-year project on establishing responsible tax standards for Development Finance Institutions.
When: 10 November 2016
Where: MCE Conference and Business Centre, Rue l’Aqueduc 118, Brussels.

Eurodad director Jesse Griffiths participated in a debate at the Overseas Development Institute's 2016 CAPE conference 
entitled 'Should donor-backed investments in private enterprises be monitored under the GPEDC effectiveness framework?'

The Guardian covered Eurodad’s recent report on Tax Inspectors Without Borders.

Eurodad’s Jesse Griffiths was quoted in The Guardian as part of their coverage of changes to aid rules proposed by the OECD.
In their latest report ,
Jubilee Debt Campaign has found that Ghana is losing around 30% of government revenue in external debt payments each year.
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