An ILO and UNDP publication on 18 succesful experiences with a social protection floor.
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ad governance and the persistence of the tax avoidance industry allow billions of dollars of profit to be siphoned out of Africa, untaxed, every year.
For the past 25 years, tax revenues in most African countries have missed even the low target of 15 percent of gross domestic product, far less than rich countries' average of 35 percent, according to a recent report of the Tax Justice Network's Africa section.
The World Bank and the IMF formally recognise tax avoidance and tax evasion as a critical problem for developing countries' domestic resource mobilisation. The Bank's public position on tax evasion and tax havens does not however identify concrete measures to stop investing in companies practicing tax avoidance. The IMF addresses tax policy under its surveillance mandate and in its technical assistance, but does not have an explicit framework or clear approach to deal with tax evasion.
The Lisbon Treaty
The Lisbon Treatyhas moved the competence for foreign investments from the 27 European member states to the European Union level. The European Commission, Council and Parliament are at present discussing the content and directions of the future EU investment policy. Social movements, human rights, development and environmental organisations as well as trade unions must speak out and push for a balanced investment policy that promotes and protects public interests.
The Independent Evaluation Office of the IMF just published its report on the reasons why the International Monetary Fund did not see the emerging crisis in 2007 and 2008. Why did it not detect the vulnerabilities of the financial and economic system? 'The findings of the report are the stuff of a 'psychodrama', says co-author Biagio Bossone.
The history of aid shows an inverse relationship between aid on the one hand and the policy space and the level of economic growth of recipient governments on the other. That is, when aid levels rise, there are more policy conditions imposed on recipient governments by donors, which reduces "policy space" or the autonomy of governments to design policies and respond to the policy priorities of citizens.
Europe must take its responsibility to implement a Financial Transaction Tax
(2 February 2010, Brussels) The European Federation of Public Services Unions (EPSU) is highly disappointed by the decision taken by the European Parliament Economic and Financial Affairs Committee (ECON) yesterday, 1 February, rejecting the compromise amendment that the majority of political groups had agreed to start to implement a Financial Transaction Tax (FTT) in Europe.
Social Protection is back on the international agenda. In the past decades, poverty reduction became a priority for development policies and development cooperation. It should be reminded that the early development discourse of the 1950s and 1960s never was about ‘poverty’ but in the very first instance about economic development. As for social development, the UN Declaration on social progress of 1969 clearly shows that the ultimate goal of development thinkers was a kind of welfare state similar to the ones of rich countries.