View all articles

UN

Finance

Analysis

Debt sustainability review: Tinkering around the edges while crises loom

Despite making some positive changes, the IMF and World Bank Debt Sustainability Framework review has ignored fundamental issues, as risk of new crises persist.

6 December 2017 | Guest analysis

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

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
View all articles

Other news

Rights

News

CSOs express concern about IMF’s “strongly divergent” social protection approach

Global Coalition for Social Protection Floors submits letter to the IMF expressing concerns about impacts of Fund's policies on social protection.

6 December 2017

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

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

Social services

News

World Bank: education is a "private good"

A World Bank blog about the benefits of private schooling has been contravened by a UN committee and heavily criticised by civil society

29 September 2014

Finance

News

UN backs sovereign debt mechanism

UN votes to adopt developing countries’ resolution on a legal framework for debt resolution, independent of creditors, including the IMF.

29 September 2014

Environment

News

Environment trust fund goals conflict with World Bank

World Bank’s involvement in the Global Environment Facility and Green Climate Fund trust funds criticised.

23 January 2014
View all articles