In July South African activists told IMF Managing Director Horst Köhler that the IMF was not welcome. They pointed out that the IMF made huge loans to apartheid South Africa during the late 1970s and early 1980s and called for the IMF to make reparations. The Campaign for Neoliberalism in South Africa concluded that the IMF has no role in a democratic society, and should begin the process of full debt cancellation and reparations for the enormous damage done to the region over the past few decades.
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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).