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IMF loan conditions make situation worse for crisis-hit countries, shows new study

Study shows IMF is increasing number of loan conditions – leading to more influence in countries’ economic policies Fiscal austerity is still a central feature of most IMF programmes Most countriesare repeat borrowers, revealing that conditionality is ‘not working’ Thursday November 29 2018 The IMF is attaching an increasing number of conditions to its loans to crisis-hit countries – and many of these promote harsh austerity measures which are damaging countries’ ability to provide ...

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Politicians and civil society debate the failure of public private partnerships (PPPs) and the implications for the SDGs

What: As the EU institutions discuss their long-term budgets, and how to deliver on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), two important civil society reports exposing the failings of public-private partnerships in Europe and developing countries will be presented at the European Parliament. This will be followed by a debate on whether PPPs are an effective way of financing sustainable development outcomes, and the role of the EU and global institutions in promoting PPPs. The reports that will ...

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One year since Paradise Papers – EU has taken some action, but more must be done to end tax dodging

*** Online civil society press conference at this link  - Monday 5 November @ 15.00 CET *** Monday November 5 is the one-year anniversary of the publication of the Paradise Papers, which made front-page headlines around the world. In the immediate aftermath, the revelations caused political leaders to denounce tax dodging and promise improvements. However, one year after the scandal, most of the problems that led to Paradise Papers remain unaddressed. The European Network on Debt ...

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Report exposes how PPPs across the world drain the public purse, and fail to deliver in the public interest

Experts call for World Bank Group to end aggressive promotion of PPPs for public service provision Monday October 8 2018 A new report exposing how public private partnerships across the globe have drained the public purse and failed to deliver in the public interest will be launched at the Annual Meetings of the World Bank in Bali this week (Wednesday October 10 at 1.30pm). History RePPPeated: How public private partnerships are failing has been written by experts ...

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International experts call out Austria for blocking progress on transparency for multinational corporation practices

Ministry of Finance excuses crumble, as time runs out for citizens to see where multinationals are paying taxes Thursday 27th September 2018 In Vienna today, international organisations criticised the Austrian government for blocking progress on an important EU proposal for transparency about where multinational corporations make their profits and where they pay their taxes. While Austria claims to be pushing for action on corporate tax dodging during their Presidency of the EU (1), the Ministry ...

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More than half of aid spent on procurement still goes to rich countries' firms - almost two decades after commitment to end 'tied aid'

US, Australia and UK worst offenders – with at least US$9 out of every $10 dollars reported going to their own companiesThe estimated cost of not being able to ‘shop around’ for goods and services was between US$1.95 billion and $5.43 billion in 2016A new report concludes that rich countries are still awarding more than half of their development aid procurement spending to companies from their own countries. This is despite a 17-year-old promise to end practices that give their own firms an ...

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10 years on: Global debt at all-time high. Developing countries hit hard by fallout

Brussels, 10 September 2018 Ten years after the collapse of US investment bank Lehman Brothers (15 Sept 2008), the world is in deeper debt than it was in 2009 – the height of the financial crisis. Global debt reached a record peak of US$164 trillion in 2016, equivalent to 225 percent of global GDP. For advanced economies, debt-to-GDP ratios have plateaued since 2012 to levels not seen since World War II (above 105 per cent of GDP). The fallout from the financial crisis is now also hitting developing ...

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C20 Argentina: The G20 plan to create an infrastructure ‘asset class’ must be shelved, and replaced with a plan to increase and improve public investment in infrastructure

Roadmap to turn infrastructure investments in developing countries into financial products is a dead end that will only hit the taxpayer, says new report. Report finds infrastructure has, and will be overwhelmingly publicly financed – the real agenda should be to increase and improve public investment. Thursday August 2 2018 The G20’s plan to develop an ‘infrastructure asset class’ to encourage private investment in developing countries is fundamentally flawed and must be shelved. This ...

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C20 Argentina: El plan del G20 para convertir la infraestructura en una ‘clase de activo’ debe ser archivado y reemplazado por un plan para aumentar y mejorar la inversión pública en infraestructura

La Hoja de Ruta para convertir las inversiones en infraestructura de los países en desarrollo en productos financieros es un callejón sin salida que solo afectará al contribuyente, dice un nuevo informe. El informe concluye que, en la inmensa mayoría de los casos, la infraestructura ha sido y será financiada con fondos públicos, por lo que la verdadera agenda debería apuntar a aumentar y mejorar la inversión pública. Jueves 2 de agosto de 2018 El plan del G20 de desarrollar una ‘clase ...

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Eurodad reaction to EU proposal for whistleblower protection

Today, the European Commission published its proposal for a directive on the protection of whistleblowers.    Tove Maria Ryding, Tax Justice Coordinator at the European Network on Debt and Development (Eurodad), said:    "This is an extremely important proposal from the Commission, and we urge the Member States and Parliament to support it.    "In recent years, we've seen some very serious examples of how important it is to strengthen whistleblower ...