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Thursday, 12 July 2018 12:46

Financing for DevelopmentThe Friends of Monterrey, through their co-chairs the Governments of Germany and Mexico, have contracted DFI to review the impact of the Financing for Development process, following on from the Addis Ababa Conference of 2015. The study will suggest ways to enhance its impact on and coherence with other UN processes and agencies, and especially on progress in finding sustainable financing solutions for the SDGs at country level.

The study began in July, and has involved interviews with 20 key institutional stakeholders and global analysts of financing for development. At a side-event at the High-Level Political Forum on 18 July in New York, DFI presented the key issues to be examined in the study, which is being finalised by September.

Friday, 22 June 2018 14:35

OIFDFI assisted OIF to organise and support the participation of Francophone policymakers at the World Bank infrastructure governance roundtable in Abidjan. Officials and parliamentarians transmitted the concerns of the OIF Finance Ministers’ Network about the need to reduce the costs and risks of public-private partnerships for infrastructure, and to maximise their transparency and accountability to citizens and parliaments.

Friday, 22 June 2018 12:24

UNDPFollowing DFI’s work as a global advisor on Development Financing Assessments and lead consultant for Cameroon and Comoros, UNDP has also selected DFI to lead the work on Benin. The study began with a launch mission to Cotonou which conducted initial consultations with leading government Ministers and officials, as well as other stakeholders.

The mission agreed the key priorities in terms of sectors with major financing gaps, types of financing where the government needs more assistance with mobilisation, and institutional capacity-building support which will be required to improve mobilisation and management of financing.

The next mission will take place in September, and the report is expected to be finalised by December.

Friday, 12 October 2018 14:10

EurodadDFI attended the EURODAD Policy Forum in Brussels and made a keynote presentation on Current and Potential Global Financial Crises, and how we can resolve or prevent them.

DFI’s presentation focussed on the existing widespread debt crisis crowding out SDG spending; the growing crisis of falling and less effective aid flows; the potential tax revenue crisis if global tax dodging and the race to the bottom on tax rates is not stopped; and the potential crisis which might be caused by excessive financialisation and privatisation of public services and infrastructure in developing countries. Participants from European and Southern CSOs then spent a day strategising and planning future work on to resolve current or prevent future financial crises.

Thursday, 31 May 2018 14:31

DFI attended the Tax Conference held in Stockholm, assisting African governments and CSOs to prepare and make presentations in various sessions. The conference produced a declaration which could potentially mark a major reinforcement of the Addis Tax Initiative and global efforts to increase revenue mobilisation in developing countries, especially as it emphasises the need to make tax systems more progressive, more gender-responsive, and more transparent and accountable to citizens, parliaments and civil society.

DFI and OIF intend to join the Addis Tax Initiative to ensure that the views of low-income countries are even more clearly heard in its future deliberations.

Wednesday, 30 May 2018 13:05

World BankDFI attended the World Bank Debt Management Facility Stakeholders Conference in Brussels. After participating in the Implementing Partners Consultative Group (ICG) meeting, DFI presented in a session on How Can Countries Be More Resilient to Shocks? The presentation suggested that most shocks are not shocks at all, but predictable; that we know exactly what to do about them from past experience; and that this involves the international community and the Bretton Woods Institutions playing a leading role in regulating to prevent shocks, in providing social protection funding to the poor to make them genuinely resilient, and in providing unconditional and highly concessional financial support to poorer countries to offset the effects of shocks, because they will never be resilient enough to “adjust” to their consequences given their poverty and vulnerability.

Sunday, 22 April 2018 10:32

SpringMetting 2018 WashingtonAt the Spring Meetings, the IMF organised a conference on “Splitting the Riches” which explored whether and how it would be possible to apply unitary taxation on multinational companies, analysing their accounts globally and country-by-country, and then apportioning the resulting tax revenues among different countries where each company is based using formulas based on value added, employment and other factors.

The overall conclusion of the day was that is potentially desirable and technically feasible to use these methods, especially to combat profit-shifting by multinational enterprises. However, whether they are implemented will depend on the political will of different countries’ tax authorities to cooperate closely – the strongest perspectives being in the EU.

Sunday, 22 April 2018 15:36

G20DFI assisted OIF and the Government of Madagascar in the annual dialogue between the Government of Argentina, as current President of the G20, and the member states of the Commonwealth and OIF.

Held at the BWI Spring Meetings, the event focused on the theme of “Building a consensus for a sustainable and equitable development”, and discussions focused on three main topics: (i) the future of work and the impact of technological advances on productivity, growth, jobs and inequality; (ii) the mobilisation of domestic resources to reduce the infrastructure deficit; and (iii) the future of food security.

Member-states had the opportunity to discuss the progress of G20 initiatives on key development issues of interest to OIF and Commonwealth countries such as improving the international tax system, trade and investment cooperation, and the fight against climate change.

Wednesday, 23 May 2018 14:34

SM2018In partnership with La Francophonie, DFI helped facilitate the latest meeting of the Network of Finance Ministers from Francophone LICs in Washington on 19th April 2018, in the margins of the Spring Meetings of the IMF and the World Bank.

Chaired by Herilanto Raveloharison, Minister of Economy and Planning of Madagascar, the meeting gathered 15 countries and 5 sub-regional and international organisations and focused discussions on the issue of Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) with high-level BWI representatives.

Faced with budget constraints to finance the infrastructure they need to speed up their economic growth and ensure their development, the countries expressed the wish to develop these partnerships to mobilise additional financial resources. They are however aware of the complexity of PPPs and the specific skills needed to successfully implement them without jeopardizing their public finances. Ministers would therefore welcome a more appropriate support from international institutions, better suited to their needs.

The IMF and the World Bank emphasised the importance they attach to this dialogue with the Network and their wish to pursue this cooperation. They heard of countries’ PPP-related concerns and priorities and, based on their previous discussions, described the progress achieved in terms of technical assistance to Francophone countries in other action areas of the Network. In addition, Ministers expressed their concerns about continued inconsistency in World Bank Group policies between, on the one hand, assistance to countries to increase tax revenues; and on, the other hand, the tax exemptions routinely demanded for IFC and PPP projects, as well as the encouragement in the Doing Business rankings of reductions in corporate income tax rates. They asked the World Bank once again to review these policies to ensure coherence in its operations.

The meeting was co-chaired by Benin’s Finance and Economy Minister Romuald Wadagni and Louis-Paul Motaze, Minister of Finance of Cameroon and was preceded by the yearly technical meeting of finance experts who discussed PPP issues in more depth to feed in the ministerial discussion. It was followed by meetings between the Madagascar chair and senior officials of the BWIs, to discuss in more detail their progress on scaling up technical assistance to Francophone countries on increasing progressive revenue mobilisation, and on designing and managing PPPs to minimise costs and risks.


Wednesday, 23 May 2018 14:48

CRI Report CoverDFI and Oxfam presented the Commitment to Reducing Inequality Index (CRII) at the CSO Innovation Fair on 18 April 2018 in Washington, in the margins of the Spring Meetings of the IMF and the World Bank.

Held for the first time in the World Bank Atrium, the Fair gave CSOs an opportunity to showcase their projects, innovative products, flagship reports, and ground-breaking campaigns that produce improved development outcomes and contribute to a continued dialogue.

More than 150 participants at the Spring Meetings – including delegates from 52 countries, BWI staff and CSO representatives, stopped at the DFI-Oxfam stall and had the opportunity to explore the Index, enquire about the methodology, and discuss the data findings and the policy solutions (social spending, progressive taxation and labour rights) to fight inequality promoted by DFI and Oxfam. The next edition of the CRII is due to be launched at the Annual Meetings of the BWIs in Bali in October.


UN IMF OECD WBGovernments will generate more domestic revenue if they strengthen and increase the effectiveness of their tax systems. This is what a group of international institutions (IMF, World Bank, OECD and UN) told Governments at the first Global Conference on Taxation and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the Platform for Collaboration on Tax.

Held on 14-16 February 2018 at the UN Headquarters in New York, the conference highlighted the importance of focusing efforts on domestic resource mobilisation and recognised the challenge it represents for developing countries to finance essential services such as health and infrastructure. It also warned countries of spillovers from their tax policies and encouraged them to support stronger tax systems, while urging them and all stakeholders to collaborate on establishing a fair and efficient system of international taxation, including efforts to fight tax evasion and tax avoidance.

A conference statement summarising the discussions and next steps was issued at the end of the event.

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