Macroeconomic policy

Conditionality

Analysis

The impacts of IMF-backed austerity on women’s rights in Brazil

The IMF and World Bank-endorsed 20 year spending freeze in Brazil disproportionately impacts women and other marginalised groups, despite less harmful alternatives being available

29 March 2018 | Guest analysis

Conditionality

Analysis

World Bank report on fiscal adjustment in Brazil: questionable analysis; unfair policies

The World Bank’s report on public spending in Brazil raises serious questions about the methodology used and relevance of the report’s focus on fiscal consolidation in light of its own admission that the deterioration of Brazil’s fiscal situation is due principally to the recession.

27 March 2018 | At Issue

Conditionality

Background

Miriam Brett joins BWP as International Development Finance Project Manager

Miriam Brett will manage BWP's work on areas relating to international development finance, with a focus on macroeconomic scrutiny of the IMF

28 March 2018

Conditionality

News

BWP edited volume on IMF’s policy impacts on gender equality

The Bretton Woods Project publishes edited volume on the impacts of IMF macroeconomic policies on women's rights and gender equality.

27 September 2017

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

Gender

Analysis

The IMF, Gender Equality and Expenditure Policy

BWP briefing explores gender dimensions of IMF’s key fiscal policy advice on expenditure policy in developing countries, focusing in particular on austerity measures.

21 September 2017 | Briefing

Conditionality

Commentary

Protecting the victories of the ‘IMF Spring’

The IMF's recognition of the importance of inequality is under threat. Concerns have been raised about complacency and even the reversal of the IMF's recent progress on inequality, while IMF staff continue to operationalise new policy advice on inequality in surveillance and lending programmes.

3 July 2017

Conditionality

Analysis

Can the IMF leopard change its spots?

In-house IMF magazine article provokes worldwide reaction as it questions IMF’s policy assumptions on austerity, capital controls and ‘neoliberalism’ itself; but Fund backtracks following media criticism

29 June 2016

Conditionality

News

Peru CSOs demand World Bank accountability

Peruvian CSOs have raised concerns about the development of Peru's Country Partnership Framework in an open letter to the World Bank.

7 April 2017

Conditionality

Background

Managing global financial risks in uncertain times

Notes from a side event at the IMF/World Bank 2016 annual meetings discussing how financial globalisation can allow crises to spread far more quickly and widely than ever before.

6 October 2016 | Minutes