The Halifax Initiative, a project of Tides Canada Initiatives, was founded in 1994 by Canadian civil society organizations seeking to make international financial institutions and their policies more democratic, transparent and accountable. The coalition also promotes transparency and accountability in the overseas operations of Canadian companies by exposing the shortcomings of current legislation, policy and practice; by developing alternative proposals; by building support for these alternatives through outreach and public education; and by advocating for their adoption by decision-makers, both in Canada and internationally. Over the years, the coalition has produced research, educational materials, and led campaigns on reform of international finance institutions, debt, the financial transaction tax, reform of international tax rules for multinational companies, and climate finance.
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