IFI governance

Analysis

IFC 3.0: superficial upgrades, same problems?

7 April 2017

Bretton woods observer spring 2017-ifc-3-0

As the IFC sets out a new strategy, CAO and CSO reports have raised further criticism over its investment in financial intermediaries, and a new law suit challenges its immunity.

Non-formal primary school in Mathare, Nairobi, Kenya. Credit: TonyBaker

Social services

Analysis

IFC investments in basic education: marginalising the poorest

As the IFC increases investments in for-profit, commercial education, CSO RESULTS finds this marginalises the poor and calls on the IFC to enhance free public education instead.

6 April 2017 | Guest analysis
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IFI governance

Analysis

World Bank-IMF spring meetings 2017

Bretton Woods Project coverage of the 2017 spring meetings in Washington DC with analysis of the communiqués and notes from key civil society and official meetings.

10 April 2017
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Accountability

Analysis

How will the World Bank reform after its disastrous Uganda transport project?

The World Bank closed a Uganda road project after serious problems were revealed, however, civil society remain concerned that the Bank’s response will not lead to meaningful change.

7 April 2017 | Guest analysis
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Conditionality

Commentary

The IMF returns to Zambia: How will gender and income inequality be addressed?

The government of Zambia has approached the IMF for financial assistance, however, Zambian civil society is concerned that the required reforms will worsen gender and income inequality.

6 April 2017 | Comment
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Social services

Analysis

World Bank undermines right to universal healthcare

The IFC’s push for the PPP model, as well as its preference for healthcare ‘provision’ and the results-based payment approach, collectively undermine the human right to universal healthcare and the achievement of the SDGs.

6 April 2017 | At Issue
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Borneo. Credit: Andrew Taylor/WDM

Environment

News

World Bank policy lending undermines climate goals

A CSO report has found that the World Bank’s development policy lending is supporting incentives for fossil fuels in Egypt, Indonesia, Mozambique and Peru.

6 April 2017
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Rights

News

IMF and World Bank labour policies criticised by UN expert

The UN expert on foreign debt has published a report critical of IMF and World Bank policies related to labour rights, claiming that the evidence does not support their pproach.

6 April 2017
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Knowledge

News

Concerns over World Bank's WDR on education

CSOs raise concerns about content and consultation process of World Bank World Development Report 2018 on education.

6 April 2017
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Finance

News

CSOs refuse to participate in World Bank PPP consultation

CSOs have refused to participate in a World Bank PPP consultation until transparency and accountability concerns are addressed.

6 April 2017
Credit: Lewa'a Alnasr via Wikimedia Commons

Conditionality

News

IMF lending freeze “pushing Tunisia to the brink”

IMF freezes second payment of $2.8 billion loan to Tunisia, demanding accelerated reform programme despite concerns this will push Tunisia “to the brink”.

6 April 2017
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Finance

Background

Who pays for the Fund and the Bank?

This Inside the Institutions looks at the funds available to the IMF and the World Bank, including the origins of IBRD and IFC resources and an overview of the most recent changes in the IMF and IDA’s funding streams and mechanisms.

5 April 2017 | Inside the institutions
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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