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The Coalition for Human and Rights and Development and #RaiseTheMic protested outside the World Bank Headquarters in Washington, DC April 2016. Credit: International Accountability Project

IFI governance

Analysis

The Bank and the IMF in 2016: year in review

The Bretton Woods Project's review of the most important developments at the World Bank and IMF in 2016.

17 February 2017
'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
La directora gerente del FMI, Christine Lagarde, fue hallada culpable por el tribunal francés en circunstancias atenuantes. Crédito: MercoPress

Accountability

News

IMF managing director found guilty of “negligence”, remains at IMF

French court finds IMF managing director Lagarde guilty of “negligence in dealing with public funds” when she was finance minister in 2008, however no fine or sentence was imposed.

31 January 2017
Lanzamiento del Grupo de Alto Nivel del ONU sobre el Empoderamiento Económico de las Mujeres, septiembre de 2016. Crédito: ONU Mujeres / Ryan Brown

Gender

News

Will IMF’s response to UN report on women’s economic empowerment change its policies?

UN High Level Panel on women’s economic empowerment publishes flagship report, civil society expressed concerns macroeconomic perspectives are lacking, despite Bank and Fund being on the panel.

31 January 2017
La canciller alemana Merkel y el director gerente del FMI Lagarde; Crédito: FMI

Finance

News

Doubts persist over IMF participation in new Greek programme

IMF claims it is does not advocate austerity as Greek finance minister accuses IMF of economising with the truth and pushing harmful and counterproductive reforms.

31 January 2017
Bankspeak

IFI governance

Commentary

Bankspeak of the year 2016

Every year the Bretton Woods Project highlights some of the most farcical remarks of Fund and Bank staff.

31 January 2017 | Humour
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Finance

Analysis

Development finance institutions and responsible corporate tax behaviour

Report finds Development Finance Institutions (DFIs) are not doing enough to eliminate the risk of public money being complicit in tax avoidance schemes.

10 November 2016 | Report
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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
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IFI governance

Background

Recommended resources on the World Bank and IMF 2016

The Bretton Woods Project's selection of the best books, reports and other resources on the World Bank and IMF from 2016.

2 February 2017 | Resource

Finance

News

Ghana: political costs of structural adjustment

Ghana elected a new president who has pledged to review the country's IMF programme, which was criticised by civil society for its harsh impacts on the poorest.

31 January 2017

Finance

News

IMF reconsiders new loan as Mozambique defaults

Mozambique defaults on its debt after IMF freezes loan. IMF reopens discussions on new loan programme but civil society concerned lessons are not learnt.

31 January 2017

Conditionality

News

IMF approves new Jordan loan

New IMF loan programme to Jordan agreed with gendered conditions, while civil society express concerns about human rights and impacts on the lives of women.

31 January 2017

Gender

News

The IMF and gender equality: A critical analysis

Bretton Woods Project has published a new briefing providing a critical analysis of the IMF's latest work on gender equality.

25 October 2016

IFI governance

Background

Recurring debt crises in sub-Saharan Africa and the rise of bond issuance

Notes from a side event at the IMF/World Bank 2016 annual meetings launching a new report on bonds issuance in Nigeria, Zambia and Ghana, followed by a panel discussion on government bonds as a debt issue.

7 October 2016 | Minutes

IFI governance

Background

The role of IFIs in assessing the impact of tax incentives and tax competition on inequality

Notes from a side event at the IMF/World Bank 2016 annual meetings exploring the link between tax incentives, reduced revenue mobilization and inequality, as well as addressing tax capacity building efforts.

6 October 2016 | Minutes

IFI governance

Background

Stopping vulture funds through national anti-vulture laws

Notes from a side event at the IMF/World Bank 2016 annual meetings exploring the issue of vulture funds from various angles, as well as possible solutions.

6 October 2016 | Minutes
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