Global architecture

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Finance

Background

Who pays for the Fund and the Bank?

This Inside the Institutions looks at the funds available to the IMF and the World Bank, including the origins of IBRD and IFC resources and an overview of the most recent changes in the IMF and IDA’s funding streams and mechanisms.

5 April 2017 | Inside the institutions
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IFI governance

Analysis

One man, one vote, one option: World Bank set to coronate Kim for second term

The World Bank is set to reappoint president Jim Yong Kim for another five year term, despite persistent concerns from Bank staff and renewed calls for a merit-based process based on principles of transparency and diversity.

23 September 2016

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

Finance

Background

Political economy of structural reforms

Notes from an official event at the IMF/World Bank 2016 spring meetings on the political economy of structural reforms.

14 April 2016 | Minutes

Finance

Analysis

What is left of the rise of the South?

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

5 April 2016 | Guest analysis
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Finance

Analysis

World Bank rolls out the carpet for “troubled megaprojects” and PPPs

The World Bank and other multilateral development banks continue to push for public-private partnerships for infrastructure projects, despite concerns of debt risks and lack of transparency.

5 April 2016
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

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
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Finance

News

IMF to add China’s currency to SDR basket

The IMF has confirmed that China’s currency, the remnimbi or yuan, will be included in the IMF’s calculation of its international reserve asset from October 2016.

8 February 2016