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debt-restructuring

Finance

Analysis

IMF and debt restructuring: just talk?

IMF senior staff blog about the IMF’s controversial approach to debt sustainability, but their approach continues to disproportionately burden countries with repayment while bailing out private lenders and speculators.

22 March 2017 | Guest analysis
The Coalition for Human and Rights and Development and #RaiseTheMic protested outside the World Bank Headquarters in Washington, DC April 2016. Credit: International Accountability Project

IFI governance

Analysis

The Bank and the IMF in 2016: year in review

The Bretton Woods Project's review of the most important developments at the World Bank and IMF in 2016.

17 February 2017
Mapa del Corredor de Gas del Sur. Crédito: Bankwatch

Infrastructure

Analysis

The rise and fall of World Bank funded megaprojects

The World Bank has announced funding for the controversial Southern Gas Corridor, while exiting two other high profile but problematic megaprojects, Inga 3 in Democratic Republic of Congo and Simandou in Guinea.

31 January 2017
AID18, cuarta reunión de reposición en Indonesia. Crédito: Heri Purwata en Crowdponent

Finance

News

World Bank IDA18 to introduce increased reliance on capital markets

The World Bank's IDA18 replenishment raised $75 billion, with increased reliance on capital markets and launched new $2.5 billion private sector window through IFC and MIGA.

31 January 2017
Lanzamiento del Grupo de Alto Nivel del ONU sobre el Empoderamiento Económico de las Mujeres, septiembre de 2016. Crédito: ONU Mujeres / Ryan Brown

Gender

News

Will IMF’s response to UN report on women’s economic empowerment change its policies?

UN High Level Panel on women’s economic empowerment publishes flagship report, civil society expressed concerns macroeconomic perspectives are lacking, despite Bank and Fund being on the panel.

31 January 2017
Credit: IEG

IFI governance

Background

The World Bank’s Independent Evaluation Group

This Inside the Institutions looks at the World Bank's Independent Evaluation Group, including how it is structured and the different elements of the evaluation process.

31 January 2017 | Inside the institutions
Bankspeak

IFI governance

Commentary

Bankspeak of the year 2016

Every year the Bretton Woods Project highlights some of the most farcical remarks of Fund and Bank staff.

31 January 2017 | Humour
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Finance

Analysis

Development finance institutions and responsible corporate tax behaviour

Report finds Development Finance Institutions (DFIs) are not doing enough to eliminate the risk of public money being complicit in tax avoidance schemes.

10 November 2016 | Report
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Other news

IFI governance

Background

Recommended resources on the World Bank and IMF 2016

The Bretton Woods Project's selection of the best books, reports and other resources on the World Bank and IMF from 2016.

2 February 2017 | Resource

IFI governance

News

World Bank appoints new General Counsel

World Bank appoints new General Counsel while civil society watches for change in approach on human rights.

31 January 2017

Conditionality

News

IMF approves new Jordan loan

New IMF loan programme to Jordan agreed with gendered conditions, while civil society express concerns about human rights and impacts on the lives of women.

31 January 2017

Land

News

World Bank’s agriculture initiative criticised

Civil society has called on the World Bank to terminate its Enabling the Business of Agriculture initiative.

31 January 2017

IFI governance

Background

UK civil society meeting with DFID: Annual meetings and IDA

Notes of a UK CSO meeting with DFID on the annual meetings and the IDA process 23 September 2016.

10 November 2016 | Minutes

IFI governance

Background

From accountability to action – the role of management

Notes from a side event at the IMF/World Bank 2016 annual meetings on the role of management in ensuring development banks responds appropriately to community complaints.

7 October 2016 | Minutes

IFI governance

Background

The new World Bank environmental and social framework: Opportunities and challenges for implementation

Notes from a side event on implementation of the new World Bank environmental and social framework, which took place during the World Bank-IMF 2016 annual meetings.

7 October 2016 | Minutes

IFI governance

Background

Recurring debt crises in sub-Saharan Africa and the rise of bond issuance

Notes from a side event at the IMF/World Bank 2016 annual meetings launching a new report on bonds issuance in Nigeria, Zambia and Ghana, followed by a panel discussion on government bonds as a debt issue.

7 October 2016 | Minutes
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