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26 June 2013

IFC blended finance

The International Finance Corporation (IFC), the World Bank's private sector arm, has recently formalised its 'blended finance' approach, undertaking investment in the private sector at lower than market rates using subsidies provided by donors. Donors' concessional funds are combined with the IFC's own non-concessional funding.


26 June 2013

Job vacancy: Research Assistant

The Bretton Woods Project is looking for a research assistant focussed on researching policy issues relating to the International Finance Corporation, development finance institutions, and World Bank-backed public-private partnerships and World Bank climate and infrastructure finance.

IFI governance


13 March 2013

The UK's role in the World Bank and IMF

This page outlines the structure of the UK government's interaction with the World Bank and the IMF. It provides contact information for the appropriate staff at the Department for International Development and HM Treasury who deal with the Bretton Woods institutions

IFI governance


12 February 2013

A forest of failures

A leaked copy of an evaluation of the Bank's forest strategy criticises the Bank's failure to address social and environmental goals. Further criticism has also been raised over the Bank's Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF).

23 January 2012

Bretton Woods Project Coordinator - application instructions

Instructions for submitting job applications for Bretton Woods Project Coordinator position - deadline 1700 London time, Tuesday 14 February 2012.


4 March 2011

Job vacancy application instructions

Instructions for submitting job applications for Bretton Woods Project vacancies.


11 May 2010

Job opportunities

All job vacancies are advertised here on this page.

WB/IMF roles


6 March 2009

Archive content of reform of the international financial system

NEW: Alternative London Summit to take place on April 1st


23 June 2006

Bretton Woods Update

The Bretton Woods Update, published six times a year, is a digest of key World Bank and IMF initiatives, controversial policy trends and debate. It covers a wide range of current official, academic and activist activities and includes commentary from Southern organisations and activists, plus behind-the-scenes insight into the workings of the Bretton Woods Institutions. It is available on the web, in print or can be emailed as plain text.

26 May 2006


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23 August 2005

What types of financial assistance will the IMF provide?

The IMF provides various types of loans to member governments. Concessional loans are granted to low-income countries at a concessional interest rate through the Poverty Reduction and Growth Facility (PRGF) while non-concessional loans are provided with a market-based interest rate through five mechanisms: the Stand-By Arrangements (SBA); Extended Fund Facility (EFF); Supplemental Reserve Facility (SRF); Contingent Credit Lines (CCL); and the Compensatory Financing Facility (CCF).



24 May 2004

BWP seeks Policy and Networking Officer

The Project has a vacancy for a Policy and Networking Officer.