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International

Finance

Background

International Finance Project Manager vacancy

Join us as International Finance Project Manager and manage our work on international finance focusing on the IMF.

14 July 2017 | About us

Land

Analysis

IFC investments implicated in land grabs in Africa

IFC investments through financial intermediary investments linked to land grabs and displacement in Africa. CSOs critique proposed changes to IFC lending policies.

3 July 2017

Finance

News

Sub-Saharan Africa IMFC statement warns against protectionist trends

Sub-Saharan Africa IMFC statement warns against protectionist trends in developed world, and the impacts of capital outflows. The statement calls for tighter financial sector regulation and for third chair for sub-Saharan Africa on the IMF Board.

3 July 2017

Rights

News

IMF conditions weaken labour rights, World Bank labour policy inconsistent

March IMF policy paper advocates liberalisation and lowering of labour market protections although makes case for stimulus when there is 'available fiscal space'. World Bank displays inconsistent labour policy implementation. IMF U-turn on advice regarding Germany’s introduction of minimum wage.

3 July 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

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

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
World Bank Group Executive Directors Roundtable with Civil Society at the spring meetings 18 April. Credit: Petra Kjell

IFI governance

Analysis

Spring meetings 2017: communiqués coverage

Analysis of the official communiqués from the 2017 World Bank-IMF spring meetings, Washington DC.

23 April 2017
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Other news

Accountability

News

CSO letter raises concerns about World Bank security personnel safeguards

CSO ICAR submitted a letter to the World Bank about safeguarding provisions on the use of public and private security personnel. Concerns were raised about the inappropriate use of force and high-risk situations.

3 July 2017

Accountability

News

IEO request for input in future evaluations

The IMF’s Independent Evaluation Office (IEO) is requesting input on topics for its future evaluations.

3 July 2017

Knowledge

Background

World Bank’s Doing Business report

This Inside the Institutions looks at the Doing Business report and retraces key steps in its history and development, explains how ratings are calculated and outlines some of the main criticisms regarding its methodology and ideological background.

3 July 2017 | Inside the institutions

Environment

Background

On track to 1.5C: Mainstreaming climate and forest actions in MDB lending and country strategies

Notes from a meeting at the IMF/World Bank 2017 spring meetings on MDB actions on climate change and forests.

25 April 2017 | Minutes

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

Rights

Background

The New World Bank environmental and social framework: Implementation update

Notes of 21 April 2017 spring meetings CSPF session on implementation of new environmental and social framework.

21 April 2017 | Minutes

Accountability

Background

Independent evaluation at the IMF: Role, recent work and future agenda

Notes from 2017 World Bank and IMF spring meetings session of IEO and its future work programme,

21 April 2017 | Minutes

Infrastructure

Background

Getting energy access right - Trends and lessons learned in public finance

Notes from a meeting at the IMF/World Bank 2017 spring meetings on energy access.

20 April 2017 | Minutes
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