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

Finance

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

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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
International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde meets with women leaders, January 2016 in Douala, Cameroon. 
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Finance

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IMF increasing its influence in sub-Saharan Africa

As the world economy continues to stutter, many sub-Saharan African countries are turning to the Fund for financial support, though the Funds are coming with strict conditions to restrict spending.

23 September 2016
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Rights

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UN independent expert: "IMF programmes worsen income distribution"

A report by the UN independent expert on foreign debt, exploring inequality, financial crises and human rights, claims that IMF programmes are associated with a worsening of income distribution.

5 April 2016
Winter cityscape Kiev Ukraine. Photo: Valerii Tkachenko

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IMF rule-change sustains lending to Ukraine

The IMF has changed its long-standing rule on lending to countries in arrears to official creditors, thereby avoiding having to cancel its $17.5 billion loan programme to Ukraine.

1 February 2016
The more things change the more they stay the same...

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Analysis

Infographic: IMF Policy in the MENA Region

The more things change the more they stay the same... Infographic illustrates findings of new report on IMF Policy in the MENA Region.

18 December 2015 | Infographic

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20 April 2017 | Minutes

The IMF and World Bank policies and the Arab world’s transition economies

Notes from the Civil Society Policy Forum Session at the 2017 World Bank and IMF Spring Meetings on IMF and World Bank programmes in the MENA Region.

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7 April 2017

New IMF Mongolia deal: extracting sovereignty

IMF reaches new loan agreement with Mongolia, amidst civil society concerns about impacts on Mongolian people.

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7 April 2017

Peru CSOs demand World Bank accountability

Peruvian CSOs have raised concerns about the development of Peru's Country Partnership Framework in an open letter to the World Bank.

Finance

News

31 January 2017

Ghana: political costs of structural adjustment

Ghana elected a new president who has pledged to review the country's IMF programme, which was criticised by civil society for its harsh impacts on the poorest.

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31 January 2017

IMF approves new Jordan loan

New IMF loan programme to Jordan agreed with gendered conditions, while civil society express concerns about human rights and impacts on the lives of women.

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6 October 2016 | Minutes

Managing global financial risks in uncertain times

Notes from a side event at the IMF/World Bank 2016 annual meetings discussing how financial globalisation can allow crises to spread far more quickly and widely than ever before.

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16 April 2016 | Minutes

IMF and World Bank’s Influence on Economic Policy Making in Developing Countries

Notes from a meeting at the IMF/World Bank CSO Forum at the 2016 Spring meetings, evaluating how well the World Bank and IMF have done on respecting the country ownership principle ten years after its international acceptance.

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5 April 2016

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.