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Western Europe

WB/IMF roles

Background

Volunteer opportunities

The Bretton Woods Project is looking for volunteers, please apply by 3 September to volunteer this autumn!

17 August 2017 | About us

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

IMF and debt restructuring: just talk?

An IMF staff blog has acknowledged weaknesses in IMF’s approach to debt sustainability, meanwhile civil society continues to demand human rights-based approach considering who bears burden of debt repayment.

22 March 2017 | Guest analysis
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

Finance

Analysis

IFC investment in Stora Enso: the need for a responsible IFC tax policy

The International Finance Corporation praises the pulp and paper company Stora Enso as an industry leader in environmental and social standards, but questions about Stora Enso’s Dutch tax arrangement remain unresolved.

31 January 2017 | Guest analysis
La directora gerente del FMI, Christine Lagarde, fue hallada culpable por el tribunal francés en circunstancias atenuantes. Crédito: MercoPress

Accountability

News

IMF managing director found guilty of “negligence”, remains at IMF

French court finds IMF managing director Lagarde guilty of “negligence in dealing with public funds” when she was finance minister in 2008, however no fine or sentence was imposed.

31 January 2017
La canciller alemana Merkel y el director gerente del FMI Lagarde; Crédito: FMI

Finance

News

Doubts persist over IMF participation in new Greek programme

IMF claims it is does not advocate austerity as Greek finance minister accuses IMF of economising with the truth and pushing harmful and counterproductive reforms.

31 January 2017

Conditionality

Analysis

IMF “rebuked” over role in Troika and its lending to Greece, Ireland and Portugal

IMF’s Independent Evaluation Office has found the Fund’s 2010/2011 Troika lending to Greece, Ireland and Portugal fell short in terms of surveillance, design, implementation and decision making, and described controversial decisions as appearing “rubber-stamped”.

23 September 2016
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Other news

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

News

IMF’s Lagarde to face trial in France

IMF’s managing director lost a July appeal to avoid trial in France over negligence while French finance minister.

23 September 2016

IFI governance

Background

UK civil society meeting with UK World Bank Executive Director Melanie Robinson

Notes of a meeting with UK World Bank Executive Director Melanie Robinson 21 July 2016.

2 September 2016 | Minutes

Accountability

Background

The Syrian migration crisis

Notes from a meeting at the IMF/World Bank CSO Forum at the 2016 Spring meetings discussion the socio-economic impacts of the Syrian crisis, the outgoing flow of migration and the World Bank’s model on how to tackle these issues following its new report.

16 April 2016 | Minutes

Conditionality

News

World Bank and IMF prepare Tunisia loan programmes

As the IMF initiates negotiations with Tunisia, concerns have been expressed that renewed reforms will not be inclusive or target deep-seated economic and social issues.

5 April 2016

Background

Communications and Research Officer vacancy

This role is an exciting opportunity to contribute to advocacy efforts at the forefront of key global development issues in partnership with UK and global civil society.

14 October 2015 | Recruitment

Background

Project and Research Officer, Gender

The Bretton Woods Project is recruiting a research officer focussing on gender and development and IFIs.

21 June 2015 | Recruitment

IFI governance

Background

Sovereign debt restructuring: options, obstacles and opportunities

Notes of a meeting on sovereign debt restructuring at the World Bank-IMF annual meetings 2014

11 October 2014
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