Global Processes

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
Tove Ryding

Ground-breaking civil society proposal for a UN Convention on Tax is published

A UN Convention on Tax would, for the first time, create a truly global framework where all countries can participate on an equal footing. The UN is the only truly universal body that exists, making it the obvious place to anchor a truly global convention on tax.

  • Tax Justice
  • Stop Tax Dodging
Tove Ryding

Proposal for a United Nations Convention on Tax

Tax-related illicit financial flows continue to cost countries hundreds of billions of dollars in lost tax income every year. This document contains a proposal for what a UN Convention on Tax might look like.

  • Tax Justice
  • Stop Tax Dodging
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
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
Julia Ravenscroft

CSOs across the world call on the OECD DAC to drop all plans to report the donations of excess Covid-19 vaccines as aid, as member governments fail to agree on guidelines

The OECD’s Development Assistance Committee (DAC) has failed to agree on a plan on how to report the donation of excess Covid-19 vaccine doses as aid, following months of wrangling. This is a bitter-sweet victory for CSOs, as donors willing to report these excess vaccine donations will still be able to do so as in-kind donations, despite the lack of agreement.

This press release was updated on 15 February following a formal announcement by the OECD. 

  • Development Finance
  • Covid-19
Jean Saldanha

2022: The year of uncertainty

As many countries welcomed in the new year they were also hit by Omicron, yet another even more infectious variant of the Coronavirus. The world is once again faced with the common challenge of dealing with a new turn in the pandemic.

  • Development Finance
  • IFIs

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