Briefing

'Bread, Freedom, Social Justice'. 2013 protest against proposed IMF loan to Egypt; by Mossab Shahrur for ECESR

Conditionality

Commentary

Egypt’s new IMF deal comes with a huge price tag for human rights

After 4 years of on-off negotiation and public opposition, the government of Egypt has signed a loan deal with the IMF whose impacts civil society fears will encroach upon human rights, social protection and social provision, like health and education, upon which the poorest depend.

9 February 2017 | At Issue
Community midwife in badakhshan uses postpartum family planning

Social services

Analysis

GFF falls short on family planning

Investments by the World Bank-hosted Global Financing Facility (GFF) do not reflect the family planning priorities identified by developing countries and local communities. The GFF also continues to suffer from a lack of transparency and meaningful civil society participation, raising doubts about the new mechanism’s effectiveness.

31 January 2017 | At Issue
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Gender

Analysis

Gender-Just Macroeconomics

BWP publishes new booklet on gender-just macroeconomics, a guide to engaging the IMF and World Bank.

20 October 2016 | Briefing
Tanzania Revenue Authority, Photo: Christian Aid

Finance

Analysis

World Bank and IMF: Where do they stand on progressive and responsible taxation?

The IMF and the World Bank are increasingly engaged with the challenge of addressing how tax avoidance and evasion affect developing countries, but need to address the role played by multinational enterprises and tax havens in exacerbating inequality and undermining countries’ domestic revenues.

5 August 2016 | At Issue
The Brick Factory Pt. 2 © Ariel Leuenberger

Gender

Analysis

The IMF and Gender Equality: A Critical Analysis

The Bretton Woods Project has published a new briefing providing a critical analysis of the IMF's latest work on gender equality. The briefing questions the sustainability of the Fund's new approach to gender equality and reveals that the Fund's analysis so far is limited and inconsistent with the full achievement of women's economic empowerment.

23 June 2016 | Briefing
Shanghai finance district. Photo: 
Joan Campderrós-i-Canas

Finance

Analysis

China goes global with development banks

This briefing examines the trajectory of China's evolving leadership in international development finance, including the impact of it's massive increase in development finance for developing countries.

5 April 2016 | At Issue
View of the Tata power plant (on the left) and Adani power plant (on right)
Photo: Sami Siva, ICIJ

IFI governance

Analysis

IFC claims “absolute immunity” to avoid justice. But will it hold up in court?

This briefing provides an overview of the immunity of international organisations in US law, looking at a lawsuit brought against the IFC regarding the Tata Mundra coal power plant in India.

5 April 2016 | At Issue

Finance

Analysis

Rise of the global South and descent of the North?

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

1 March 2016 | Briefing
Protest for rights of migrant, domestic workers in Lebanon, Beirut, March 8
Credit: Reuters/Cynthia Karam

Gender

Analysis

IMF on gender and income inequality: from research to implementation

New IMF staff discussion note links gender and economic equality, but will this research influence IMF policy?

9 February 2016 | At Issue
ICSID

Trade

Analysis

Corporate bias at the World Bank Group

This briefing finds significant bias in favour of corporations and commercial interests in the main venue for settlement of legal cases brought by corporations against governments: the World Bank’s International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID).

28 September 2015 | At Issue
Credit: UN

Finance

Analysis

UN Financing for Development: the Fund and Bank's role & influence

This briefing analyses the role of the Bank and Fund in the UN Financing for Development negotiations.

3 July 2015 | At Issue
US Congress. Credit: Wikipedia

IFI governance

Analysis

Impasse at the IMF

This briefing shows that multilateral governance is at risk if long-overdue IMF quota and board reforms are not ratified.

31 March 2015 | At Issue