Conditionality

Analysis

The political cost of IMF programmes

27 July 2018

Artwork by Robin Heighway-Bury

As Jordan is engulfed in social unrest and political upheaval, questions are raised around the relationship between IMF conditionality and trends in instability.

A shanty town in Jakarta

Finance

Analysis

The World Bank and the globalisation of housing finance

In prioritising capital market expansion, the needs of the lowest income groups are not being effectively addressed through World Bank interventions.

25 July 2018 | At Issue
Christine Lagarde

Conditionality

Analysis

The IMF's approach to social protection and the crisis of multilateralism

UN Special Rapporteur publishes report on IMF and social protection, calls on Fund to practice what it preaches.

24 July 2018 | Guest analysis
Participants at a recent Fight Inequality Alliance event.

Finance

News

Fight Inequality Alliance prepares for Annual Meetings in Bali

Fight Inequality Alliance meets in Brazil to plan action against current shocking levels of inequality and prepare for World Bank and IMF October Annual meetings in Bali, Indonesia.

27 July 2018 | Event
Mundra coal-fired power plant at Mundra, Gujarat, India. Credit Nizil Shah

Accountability

News

US Supreme Court to hear case challenging IFC’s claim to absolute immunity

Court's decision on IFC’s legal immunity in the Tata Mundra coal-fired power plant case will set important precedent

26 July 2018
An Artic-bound oil rig in Seattle's Elliot Bay in 2015.

Environment

News

World Bank DPL paves way for offshore drilling in Guyana, despite CSO concerns

Bank approves $35 million development policy loan to help Guyana commence offshore drilling, amidst CSO legal challenge to offshore drilling permits

24 July 2018
Coast in Mozambique

Finance

Analysis

Mozambique and the IMF's get out of jail free card

Joseph Hanlon asks where the accountability for the Mozambique debt crisis lies and why the poor are once again paying the costs.

24 July 2018
The City at the Crossroads of History mural.

Knowledge

Analysis

Pro-business agenda drives World Bank’s report on the future of work

As the World Bank publishes a report calling for labour market deregulation, global trade unions fight back.

23 July 2018 | Guest analysis
Argentina President Mauricio Maccri

Conditionality

Analysis

Bad news for Argentina: The cruel IMF is back

As Argentina agrees to a $50 billion IMF loan, the ghost of loans past lingers, as protests erupt and strikes begin.

23 July 2018
Construction workers at work, Tianjin, China

Social services

News

Privatised profits, socialised losses: European reports call World Bank’s PPP push into question

Reports expose the scale of damage caused by PPPs, adding weight to broader concerns around the Bank’s aggressive promotion of them.

23 July 2018
Peacekeepers patrol Haiti during elections.

Accountability

News

IEO fragility report: IMF less concerned with “making a real difference on the ground”

IEO produces fragility evaluation on IMF and finds major staff incentive issues and other concerns, questioning Fund's credibility of its commitments in this area.

23 July 2018

IFI governance

Analysis

IEG findings cast doubt on Bank's ability to deliver on general capital increase

New IEG report raises questions about the Bank’s ability to use findings from evaluations to inform its operations.

22 July 2018