Conditionality impacts

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Conditionality

Analysis

The political cost of IMF programmes

As Jordan is engulfed in social unrest and political upheaval, questions are raised around the relationship between IMF conditionality and trends in instability.

27 July 2018
Christine Lagarde

Conditionality

Analysis

The IMF's approach to social protection and the crisis of multilateralism

UN Special Rapporteur publishes report on IMF and social protection, calls on Fund to practice what it preaches.

24 July 2018 | Guest analysis
Argentina President Mauricio Maccri

Conditionality

Analysis

Bad news for Argentina: The cruel IMF is back

As Argentina agrees to a $50 billion IMF loan, the ghost of loans past lingers, as protests erupt and strikes begin.

23 July 2018

Conditionality

Analysis

Pro-poor or anti-poor? The World Bank and IMF’s approach to social protection

Stephen Kidd critiques Bretton Woods Institutions' approach to targeted social protection systems, arguing the poor lose out the most.

28 March 2018 | Briefing

Conditionality

Commentary

Tunisians take to the streets over IMF-imposed austerity

Despite claiming to no longer support austerity, the IMF has imposed damaging cutbacks on the people of Tunisia as part of its loan conditionality, leading to widespread discontent on Tunisian streets.

25 March 2018 | Briefing

Rights

Analysis

Civil society still waiting for ‘IMF Spring’ to blossom

Civil society was out in full force during annual meetings challenging the IMF’s claims that it is reducing economic and gender inequality.

7 December 2017

Conditionality

News

New IMF conditionality database launched

Team of UK academics launch new, freely available IMF conditionality database.

7 December 2017

Conditionality

News

Suriname walks away from IMF conditionalities

The government of Suriname has cancelled its loan programme with the IMF, claiming its conditionalities were too much to bear for its citizens.

3 July 2017

Conditionality

News

IMF Ukraine programme’s impact on women’s rights criticised at Human Rights Council

WILPF submitted a statement to Human Rights Council criticising the IMF's Ukraine programme. The statement argued that the programme's harsh conditionalities hurt women in particular and called for a human rights based approach to macroeconomic policy making.

3 July 2017

Conditionality

Analysis

The truth behind IMF’s claims to promote social protection in low-income countries

Newly published self-congratulatory IMF policy paper on impacts of loan programmes on social protection is self-referential and ignores available evidence.

16 June 2017 | Guest analysis