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IFI governance

Background

Great expectations: Is the IMF turning words into action on inequality?

Notes from the 2017 World Bank and IMF Annual Meetings session on the IMF's approach to inequality, 13 October.

13 October 2017 | Minutes

Gender

Background

Contradicting commitments: Why fiscal space matters for women and work

Notes from the 2017 World Bank and IMF Annual Meetings session on the IMF's approach to fiscal space, women and work, 11 October

11 October 2017 | Minutes

Rights

Analysis

The IMF, Gender Equality and Labour

BWP briefing explores IMF's labour market policies in the context of women in the informal economy and suggests they will not contribute to decreasing inequalities.

2 October 2017 | Briefing

Rights

Analysis

UN Independent Expert reports on World Bank and IMF human rights performance

UN Independent Expert publishes two reports on the World Bank and IMF human rights performance, finding the institutions must be more than a "fig leaf" for the status quo and step up their human rights commitments.

27 September 2017 | At Issue

Conditionality

Analysis

The IMF and Gender Equality: A Compendium of Feminist Macroeconomic Critiques

The Bretton Woods Project published an edited volume on the gendered impacts of some of the most commonly-prescribed macroeconomic policies of the IMF, covering tax, expenditure and labour policies.

27 September 2017 | Briefing

Rights

News

Labour in Greece: With friends like the IMF…

IMF agrees to conditional participation in new Greek loan package and demands that the government maintains the suspension of collective bargaining despite rising inequality and decrease in wages.

27 September 2017

Rights

News

IEO finds IMF follows "nebulous standard" on social protection engagement

IMF’s Independent Evaluation Office published evaluation on IMF and social protection and found that the IMF’s targeting approach does not ‘mesh well’ with UN’s human-rights-based approach.

27 September 2017

Finance

Analysis

Development to the rescue of finance – the Bank’s 'cascade' approach

World Bank unveils cascade concept that privileges private over public finance. De-risking in order to attract private sector investments threatens to shift risks to public sector and result in third wave of privatisation.

3 July 2017
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Other news

Rights

Background

Are governments and the Bretton Woods Institutions fighting inequality?

Notes of a 2017 IMF and World Bank spring meetings session on the BWIs and inequality, 21 April

21 April 2017 | Minutes

Rights

News

Indonesian CSOs demand World Bank stop funding infrastructure funds

Indonesian organisations have demanded that the World Bank stops funding harmful infrastructure funds, highlighting impacts on the environment and indigenous communities.

7 April 2017

Environment

Background

Safeguarding climate finance: GCF, MDBs, rights, and social/environmental risk

Notes from a side event at the IMF/World Bank 2016 annual meetings discussing lessons learned from the World Bank Group’s experiences with high risk projects, safeguards, gender equality, Indigenous Peoples, and environmental and social management systems, and how these should be applied to the Green Climate Fund.

7 October 2016 | Minutes

Background

Global Infrastructure Forum: Opening plenary

Notes from the opening plenary of the inaugural Global Infrastructure Forum, during the World Bank/IMF spring meetings 2016.

18 April 2016 | Minutes

Social services

Background

PPP civil society strategy session

Notes from a PPP civil society strategy session taking place during the week of the World Bank/IMF annual meetings 2016.

4 October 2016 | Minutes

Finance

News

World Bank and AIIB sign joint co-financing agreement

The World Bank has signed a co-financing agreement with the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, while former Bank staff join the new institution.

29 June 2016

Finance

Background

Global Infrastructure Forum: Perspectives from new development finance institutions

Notes from a side event at the inaugural Global Infrastructure Forum, during the World Bank/IMF 2016 spring meetings, discussing the role of the new development finance institutions, the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank and the New Development Bank.

18 April 2016 | Minutes

Conditionality

News

World Bank and IMF prepare Tunisia loan programmes

As the IMF initiates negotiations with Tunisia, concerns have been expressed that renewed reforms will not be inclusive or target deep-seated economic and social issues.

5 April 2016
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