Focus One: Trade and Finance Linkages

Rethinking Bretton Woods | Wed, Nov 2, 2016

CoC team member speaks at IMF infrastructure seminar

What is the state of play on financing infrastructure? What are the challenges where infrastructure needs have not been met? CoC team member Aldo Caliari speaks at “Toward Better Infrastructure in Developing Countries,” a seminar hosted by the International Monetary Fund during its Annual Meetings, held on October 7-9, 2016.

Watch video of the seminar.

Rethinking Bretton Woods | Thu, Oct 13, 2016

CoC at regional event of Latin American tax administrations

On October 18-19, 2016, Center of Concern team member Aldo Caliari will be in San Jose, Costa Rica, to speak at the Fifth Regional Meeting on International Taxation. The meeting is convened by the Ministry of Finance of Costa Rica, the Latin American Network on Debt, Development and Rights (LATINDADD) and the Inter-American Center of Tax Administrations (CIAT), in collaboration with the Latin American and Caribbean Network on Tax Justice and with the cosponsorship of the Financial Transparency Coalition.

Tackling tax evasion and avoidance in order to recover trillions of dollars lost in resources for development every year has risen to be one of the top priorities in the agenda for mobilization of financing for development. The meeting will bring together representatives from over fifteen tax authorities from Latin America, experts and civil society organizations to discuss challenges and advance solutions for the implementation of initiatives on the matter such as the Base Erosion and Profit Shifting Action Plan launched by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. (Photo credit: Omar Olivares/ LATINDADD).

Rethinking Bretton Woods | Sun, Jul 24, 2016

CoC delivers civil society statement at closing session of UNCTAD 14

At the closing ceremony of UNCTAD 14th in Nairobi (Kenya), attended by the President of the host country, Center of Concern staff Aldo Caliari delivered the concluding statement on behalf of the civil society organizations attending the conference. Click here to watch video of the intervention (Intervention begins at 10:55).

Click here to read an analysis of the Outcome.

Rethinking Bretton Woods | Sun, Jul 10, 2016

Center of Concern at conferences on trade and finance, debt

On July 17-22, 2016, RBW Project Director Aldo Caliari will be in Nairobi (Kenya), attending the Fourteenth Session of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD XIV). At the conference, held every four years, the membership of the organization decides on its work program for the period until the next conference. Being the first such quadrennial gathering after the global commitments on Sustainable Development Goals of last year, the role of UNCTAD in helping countries, especially developing ones, implement the goals will feature prominently on its agenda.

On the preceding days, also in Nairobi, he will be attending a global assembly of organizations working on debt and development (July 13-14) and the UNCTAD Civil Society Forum, which starts on the 15th – although it then continues to run alongside the rest of the UNCTAD XIV Conference.

See civil society demands for UNCTAD XIV Outcome.

Read civil society statement delivered at UNCTAD 14 closing ceremony by CoC staff Aldo Caliari.

Join call: Organizations address demands to upcoming UNCTAD Conference

Rethinking Bretton Woods | Thu, Jun 30, 2016

Join call: Organizations address demands to upcoming UNCTAD Conference

On July 17-22, 2016, UNCTAD member countries will meet for UNCTAD XIV, a conference that will decide the work program of the institution for the next four years. Center of Concern joined organizations of the Civil Society International Steering Committee towards UNCTAD XIV in a letter calling for governments to ensure that the UNCTAD 14 mandate is consistent with supporting developing countries in using trade for their own development purposes.

The letter contains recommendations addressing the current draft of the outcome on areas like trade and development, debt, private finance and international investment agreements.

Please send organizational endorsements, with country, to no later than July 13, 2016.

Infrastructure finance and sustainable development: Who is keeping their paths apart?

Rethinking Bretton Woods | Sun, Jun 19, 2016

Infrastructure finance and sustainable development: Who is keeping their paths apart?

RBW Project Director reviews a recent study commissioned by the Heinrich Boell Foundation to assess whether the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development's advice to the Group of 20 on infrastructure finance is coherent with sustainable development goals and commitments.

Public Private Partnerships: Can they be held accountable?

Rethinking Bretton Woods | Tue, Apr 12, 2016

Public Private Partnerships: Can they be held accountable?

As part of a trend to assign a greater role to the private sector in development finance, the importance of Public-Private-Partnerships (PPPs) in policy discourse has been growing. But PPPs suffer of a checkered track-record regarding environmental and human rights, as well as fiscal and poverty impacts. A recent World Bank evaluation recognized available evidence to promote them is scattered at best. What standards should be in place to suppress, or at least, mitigate some of their negative outcomes? Policy documents recently drafted by Center of Concern and other colleague organizations, offer some proposals.

Read submission to World Bank PPPs Disclosure Framework.

Read letter to UN Economic Commission for Europe.