spring meetings 2016

IFI governance

Analysis

World Bank-IMF spring meetings 2016

Bretton Woods Project coverage of the 2016 spring meetings in Washington DC with links to analysis of the communiqués and notes from key civil society and official meetings.

6 April 2016
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IFI governance

Analysis

Spring meetings 2016: communiqués coverage

Analysis of the official communiqués from the 2016 World Bank-IMF annual meetings, Washington DC.

6 April 2016
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Finance

Analysis

What is left of the rise of the South?

While the recent reforms to the IMF and World Bank governance reforms and the establishment of new Southern-led IFIs are symbolically important, they are thus far not a rupture with the Western-dominated international financial architecture.

5 April 2016 | Guest analysis
Graffiti remembrance of Berta Cáceres in London

Private Sector

News

IFC investments through financial intermediaries linked to human rights abuses in Honduras, again

A new complaint was lodged with the CAO regarding an IFC financial intermediary investment in Honduras, while another financial intermediary case, previously linked to the IFC, escalate into violence.

5 April 2016
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Knowledge

Analysis

The World Bank's updated international poverty line, a case of poor measurement?

World Bank updates the International Poverty Line and claims a continued decrease in numbers of poor, but long-standing questions about the methodology used and whether the instrument is fit for purpose persist.

5 April 2016
Director Gerente del FMI , Christine Lagarde, con el Directorio Ejecutivo del FMI tras su voto reelección el 19 de febrero de 2016 Washington, DC . Foto personal del FMI / Stephen Jaffe

Finance

News

IMF reopening case for capital controls?

An IMF policy paper on the international monetary system considers its future policy on capital controls and proposes a review of the IMF's institutional view on the liberalisation and management of capital flows.

5 April 2016
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Gender

News

Gender equality at the IFIs: progress or PR?

The World Bank and the IMF have increased their rhetoric on gender equality, but concerns remain about Fund and Bank impacts on gender equality in practice.

5 April 2016
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Rights

News

UN independent expert: "IMF programmes worsen income distribution"

A report by the UN independent expert on foreign debt, exploring inequality, financial crises and human rights, claims that IMF programmes are associated with a worsening of income distribution.

5 April 2016

Other news

Finance

Background

Global Infrastructure Forum: Perspectives from new development finance institutions

Notes from a side event at the inaugural Global Infrastructure Forum, during the World Bank/IMF 2016 spring meetings, discussing the role of the new development finance institutions, the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank and the New Development Bank.

18 April 2016 | Minutes

Environment

Background

World Bank Group Forest Action Plan FY16-20: The WBG contribution to the forest agenda

Notes from a meeting during the IMF/World Bank 2016 spring meetings with a presentation and dialogue with CSOs on the Bank's new Forest Action Plan.

18 April 2016 | Minutes
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Background

Global Infrastructure Forum: Opening plenary

Notes from the opening plenary of the inaugural Global Infrastructure Forum, during the World Bank/IMF spring meetings 2016.

18 April 2016 | Minutes
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IFI governance

Background

World Bank EDs and CSOs roundtable

Notes from a meeting at the IMF/World Bank CSO Forum at the 2016 spring meetings between World Bank executive directors and CSOs.

17 April 2016 | Minutes

Rights

Background

Inspection Panel – emerging lessons from involuntary resettlement

Notes from a meeting at the IMF/World Bank 2016 spring meetings launching the first report in the Inspection Panel's new series on "emerging lessons", on involuntary resettlement.

18 April 2016 | Minutes

IFI governance

Background

IMF Fiscal Forum - International Taxation: Opportunities & Risks

International Taxation: Opportunities & Risks   Moderator Marin Verhoeven, World Bank Group Presenter: Vicky Perry,…

17 April 2016 | Minutes

Accountability

Background

The Syrian migration crisis

Notes from a meeting at the IMF/World Bank CSO Forum at the 2016 Spring meetings discussion the socio-economic impacts of the Syrian crisis, the outgoing flow of migration and the World Bank’s model on how to tackle these issues following its new report.

16 April 2016 | Minutes

Finance

Background

The Role of The World Bank and IMF in responsible and progressive taxation

  Spring Meetings of the IMF and World Bank, 2016; April 15 Sponsors: Christian Aid…

16 April 2016 | Minutes