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Time for a treaty on TNCs and human rights, feminist advocates say

The sheer size and scope of corporate power, when compared to nation states, can be difficult to comprehend. Research shows that 63 per cent of the top 175 global economic entities are transnational corporations, not countries. Up until now, the ability to sue corporations for human rights violations and environmental damage has depended on national … Continue reading »

The World Bank should not be encouraging harmful tax competition

One of the 11 areas that the World Bank’s Doing Business Report include in ranking a country’s business environment is paying taxes. The background study for the Doing Business Report 2017 (DBR 2017), “Paying Taxes 2016” claims in the foreword that its emphasis is “on efficient tax compliance and straightforward tax regimes.”  The aim is … Continue reading »

International standards on sovereign debt and business and human rights: Can parallel lines ever meet?

Sovereign debt restructurings, as can be seen from examples like Greece and Argentina, are difficult, often traumatic experiences for the sovereign debtor and its citizens. It is invariably the case that in a sovereign debt restructuring (SODR), the sovereign, because it either has lost access to financing or can only obtain it on more expensive … Continue reading »

Following the Money: Illuminating the path to justice for global land grabs

This year, our organization, Inclusive Development International, launched the Follow the Money initiative – a new tool to fight land grabs and other corporate abuses.  It’s a simple idea, but we believe it has the potential to be a game-changer. Every year, more than 15 million people are forcibly displaced from their land, housing and … Continue reading »

RightingFinance website turns four

Last International Human Rights Day, December 10th, marked the 4th anniversary of the launch of the RightingFinance (RF) website. Human rights is one of the areas of public interest where the disconnect with the representation in financial regulation becomes most evident. The choices on global and domestic financial regulation carry critical consequences for the ability … Continue reading »

Bond to happen? Recurring debt crises in Sub-Saharan Africa and the rise of sovereign bond issuance

Over the past decade, sub-Saharan African countries have been issuing sovereign bonds at an unprecedented rate and many are now facing new repayment difficulties. A recently-released report, Bond to Happen Recurring Debt Crises in Sub-Saharan Africa and the Rise of Sovereign Bond Issuance, explores the economic and financial situation of a selection of African countries, … Continue reading »

Bursting the macroeconomic policy bubble for gender equality

When gender equality was universally adopted as Sustainable Development Goal 5, “gender equality matters to economic growth” became the party line of global institutions. The floodgates well and truly opened after McKinsey & Company published its 2015 flagship report finding USD 12 trillion could be added to global GDP by 2025 by advancing women’s equality. … Continue reading »

World Bank report: Reducing inequality without strengthened labor rights?

In October the World Bank launched the first of what it says will be a series of annual reports on Poverty and Shared Prosperity, for tracking progress towards two key Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): reducing extreme poverty and inequality. The theme of the first edition is “Taking on Inequality.” The report’s findings that “between 2008 … Continue reading »

Philippines: Rights-based, broad alliance wins victory on harmful fiscal incentives

On an ordinary busy weekday at the office four years ago colleagues from Philippines-based organization Rural Urban Peoples’ Linkages (RUPeL) were having their usual banters and discussions with farmers of RUPeL’s partner organizations. That day, Nanay Lidy, an elder woman and one of the women leaders of the group, was sorely missed. Her animated storytelling … Continue reading »

New briefing sheds light on evolving shape of responsible finance standards

Developing countries continue to suffer from profits taken out by foreign investors, lending by developing countries to rich countries and particularly from illicit financial flows (IFFs). In 2014 Eurodad reported that for every USD 100 a developing country makes, USD 10 are lost, flowing out of the country. Last year’s “Mbeki report” estimated that Africa is losing … Continue reading »

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