In June, several protesters and journalists were injured after clashes with police in Asuncion, Paraguay, on the first day of a 48-hour general strike against plans to privatize telephone, water and railroad companies. The privatizations are part of a series of “non-negotiable” measures demanded by the World Bank and IMF, which must be implemented before the government can access $400 million in loans from the World Bank.
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In December 2013, the German Development Institute, Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung and Bretton Woods Project, in collaboration with the G-24, hosted a high-level workshop in Berlin to foster an open exchange on the profound changes in the global economy and the implications for global economic governance and its constituent institutions and members.
Last year BRICS' leaders agreed to launch a BRICS development bank. Whether this is considered positive depends in part what questions are being asked. Sameer Dossani of ActionAid International highlights the flaws in the World Bank and IMF, analyses whether a BRICS Bank could be different from these institutions and proposes what it should do and what it should look like.
The Bretton Woods Project is an ActionAid hosted project (UK registered charity no. 274467).