View all articles

Western Europe

IMF MD Lagarde in discussion with German finance minister Wolfgang Schäuble at April 2015 G20 meeting - credit: IMF

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
Autumn 16 Observer illustration

IFI governance

Analysis

One man, one vote, one option: World Bank set to coronate Kim for second term

The World Bank is set to reappoint president Jim Yong Kim for another five year term, despite persistent concerns from Bank staff and renewed calls for a merit-based process based on principles of transparency and diversity.

23 September 2016
Campaigners warn of ‘debt iceberg’ at Africa private finance summit, London, November 2015 - Credit: Jubilee Debt Campaign

Finance

Analysis

Public-private partnerships: The global debt iceberg?

Despite their popularity, PPPs have a very bad track record of delivering cost-effective investment for governments, and pose additional and serious problems by reducing transparency and accountability.

29 June 2016 | Guest analysis
Photo by: Yorgos Karahalis / AP

Finance

News

Third time a charm? Fund pressured into possible return to Greece

As Eurozone countries agree a new loan package to Greece, the IMF has conceded to ‘major concessions’ instead of up front debt relief and may participate in a new programme despite its insistence that the Fund's involvement in future programmes is dependent on ‘significant debt relief’.

29 June 2016
Guest analysis - pipeline

Infrastructure

Analysis

World Bank set to finance criticised mega gas pipeline from Azerbaijan to Europe

The World Bank has announced its intention to fund the Azerbaijan and Turkey part of the Southern Gas Corridor to Europe, despite concerns over the geopolitical context and fossil fuel dependency.

29 June 2016 | Guest analysis
The Brick Factory Pt. 2 © Ariel Leuenberger

Gender

Analysis

The IMF and Gender Equality: A Critical Analysis

The Bretton Woods Project has published a new briefing providing a critical analysis of the IMF's latest work on gender equality. The briefing questions the sustainability of the Fund's new approach to gender equality and reveals that the Fund's analysis so far is limited and inconsistent with the full achievement of women's economic empowerment.

23 June 2016 | Briefing
Graffiti remembrance of Berta Cáceres in London

Private Sector

News

IFC investments through financial intermediaries linked to human rights abuses in Honduras, again

A new complaint was lodged with the CAO regarding an IFC financial intermediary investment in Honduras, while another financial intermediary case, previously linked to the IFC, escalate into violence.

5 April 2016
IMF Staff Photo/Stephen Jaffe

IFI governance

Background

IMF & World Bank decision-making and governance

This Inside the Institutions examines the recent and ongoing reforms at the IMF and World Bank, and places them in context of existing structures and processes.

31 March 2016 | Inside the institutions
View all articles

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
View all articles