International

Knowledge

Background

Recommended resources on the World Bank and IMF: 2017

The Bretton Woods Project's selection of the best books, reports and other resources on the World Bank and IMF from 2017.

26 January 2018

IFI governance

Analysis

The Bank and IMF in 2017: Year in Review

While the Fund and Bank defended trade and globalisation, their rhetoric focused on the perils of inequality and need for inclusive growth

26 January 2018

Knowledge

Analysis

After 15 years, World Bank’s Doing Business Report still missing the mark

CSOs argue DBR’s deregulation policies do not lower income inequality or promote inclusive economic growth, instead incentivising tax competition and undermining inclusive development.

7 December 2017

IFI governance

Commentary

Bank and Fun(d)speak of the year 2017

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

7 December 2017 | Humour

Conditionality

News

New IMF conditionality database launched

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

7 December 2017

Rights

News

CSOs express concern about IMF’s “strongly divergent” social protection approach

Global Coalition for Social Protection Floors submits letter to the IMF expressing concerns about impacts of Fund's policies on social protection.

6 December 2017

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

Knowledge

Analysis

Chinese growth’s contribution to poverty reduction challenges World Bank and IMF neoliberal policies

CEPR report found that two-thirds of extreme poverty during past 25 years took place in China, which did not follow World Bank and IMF neoliberal policies.

6 December 2017

Environment

News

CSOs call on World Bank to prioritise forests in climate action

Civil society organisations call on World Bank Group to do more to prioritise forests and forest peoples’ rights.

6 December 2017

Environment

News

Shared prosperity? WBG fails to progress on energy access for poor

A new civil society report criticises the World Bank for not doing enough to help meet Sustainable Energy for All (SEforAll) objective of achieving universal energy access by 2030.

6 December 2017

Environment

News

COP 23 puts Bank-backed climate insurance in spotlight

Lack of progress on Loss & Damage finance at global climate talks means climate insurance remains default option to mitigate losses from climate change.

6 December 2017

Rights

News

Long-awaited ESF Guidance Notes fail to meet CSO expectations

Civil society groups write to World Bank calling for substantial revision of the draft Notes.

6 December 2017