In March, the Zimbabwean cabinet agreed to a new debt relief strategy that includes recourse to the IMF and World Bank’s Highly Indebted Poor Countries (HIPC) initiative. President Robert Mugabe has voiced consistent resistance to the conditions of HIPC debt relief, but finance minister Tendai Biti has said that the move was a consensual “cabinet decision”. Reports also surfaced in June that Zimbabwe is considering entering into a Staff Monitored Programme with the IMF (see Update 71), meaning heavy Fund monitoring and conditionality but no additional finance. This idea has been rejected by Mugabe’s ZANU-PF party.
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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).