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8 February 2018
Top Story

The Doing Business Report: a longstanding controversy

Recent criticism of Chile’s ranking in the Doing Business Report (DBR) has once again put the report in the spotlight, with renewed calls for scrapping the highly controversial annual World Bank publication. Over the years Eurodad has consistently called for an end to the DBR because of its lack of scientific rigour and biased policy orientation.
News & Reports
Is blended finance a silver bullet or a double-edged sword?

More debate on the interaction between aid and the private sector is needed, but must be led by the voices and priorities of the poorest people, says Polly Meeks of Eurodad.
 

Strong safeguards are needed when investing public money via private financial intermediaries


You wouldn’t just hand your money over to someone else to invest without asking them what they were going to do with it, would you? If you were a public body, at the very least you’d want to make sure it wasn’t used in a way that damaged the environment or undermined human rights. 


Call for submissions for the Reality of Aid report 2018

The 2018 Reality of Aid (RoA) Report, to be launched in November 2018, will focus on the theme “The Changing Face of Development Aid and Cooperation: Will new directions and forms of aid benefit the poor?” If you are interested in contributing, please contact Polly Meeks: pmeeks@eurodad.org 
In the News

OECD seeks common ground on 'blended finance' Devex

"FfD: Time for the UN to Take Centre Stage Again" Global Tax Justice

Is blended finance a silver bullet or a double-edged sword? Public Finance International

Blog Post Discusses Challenges, Risks Of Using Blended Finance To Achieve SDGs The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

There is too little evidence on the positive development impacts of blended finance.
Polly Meeks,
Senior Advocacy Officer at Eurodad
Useful Resources

Financial Secrecy Index 2018 

The Right to Education Movements and Policies: Promises and Realities, Norrag Special issue 01

Recommended resources on the World Bank and IMF: 2017

How is EU money spent in Africa in response to migration Concord

Resetting the International Monetary (Non)System José Antonio Ocampo

Upcoming events
Ethical Banking Works! Christian Felber - "Bank for the Common Good" & Panel Debate - "The Future of Ethical Banking", 5 March, Brussels, Académie Royale des Sciences et des Beaux-Arts

2nd High-Level Conference on the topic “High Net-Worth Individuals: The Challenge They Pose for Tax Administrations, FIUs and Law Enforcement Agencies”, 21-23 February, Vienna, WU Vienna University of Economics and Business
Job opportunities

Oxfam: International Financial Institutions Intern
Oxfam International is seeking an energetic and enthusiastic intern to work closely with its Washington, DC Advocacy Office, which is focused on the International Financial Institutions (IFIs), primarily the World Bank Group and the International Monetary Fund (IMF). Deadline: 8 February



Jubilee Debt Campaign: Honorary Treasurer
Jubilee Debt Campaign is seeking a qualified finance professional with significant experience of financial management and oversight in a charitable context to join our Board of Trustees in the role of Honorary Treasurer. This is a voluntary, unpaid position. Travel expenses are provided, and funds are also available to support childcare arrangements if needed. Deadline: 12 March



Development Initiatives international development organisation working on the use of data to drive poverty eradication and sustainable development is recruiting Project Administrator/Officer, Communications Officer, Senior Engagement Advisor, Senior Project Manager, IATI Team Assistant intern, Crisis and Humanitarian Lead and Head of East Africa Office. More information on the requirements and deadlines can be found here. 



Transparency International EU: 
EU Anti-Corruption Policy and Liaison Officer
Transparency International EU seeking an EU Policy Officer who will lead our advocacy toward and partnership with the EU in achieving the anti-corruption and good governance targets as part of the EU’s commitment to the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Deadline: 26 February
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