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Analysis

How the Bank’s push for microcredit failed the poor

Originally created to help the poor escape poverty and deprivation, the World Bank became the most important advocate for the commercialised microcredit model. Yet, critics argued it undermined the chances of sustainable and equitable development to create a poverty trap of historic proportions.

8 December 2017 | At Issue

Finance

News

IMF and Bank “intensifying” tax work: Possible progress or consolidating control?

The World Bank and IMF are intensifying their work on tax under the Platform for Collaboration on Tax, yet civil society is cautious about embracing tax policy advice coming from the Bretton Woods Institutions.

6 December 2017

Finance

Analysis

Pre-meetings background - winds of change: Will Bank & Fund's 'new' approaches help 'the poorest'?

Bretton Woods Dispatch of the 2017 annual meetings in Washington DC pre-meeting analysis of the key issues for the week.

6 October 2017

Finance

Background

International Development Finance Project Manager vacancy

Join us as International Development Finance Project Manager and manage our work on international finance focusing on the IMF.

4 October 2017 | About us

Finance

News

IEG report finds Bank’s tax work lacks equity focus

IEG report on the World Bank’s domestic resource mobilisation work finds ad hoc approach focused on creating an enabling business environment while doing little to address equity issues.

27 September 2017

Finance

News

Deepening World Bank and AIIB cooperation: Locking in a failed development model?

Co-financing arrangements and increased World Bank-AIIB cooperation on mega-infrastructure projects represent a dangerous global trend that threatens human rights and locks in a failed development model.

3 July 2017

Finance

News

Sub-Saharan Africa IMFC statement warns against protectionist trends

Sub-Saharan Africa IMFC statement warns against protectionist trends in developed world, and the impacts of capital outflows. The statement calls for tighter financial sector regulation and for third chair for sub-Saharan Africa on the IMF Board.

3 July 2017

Finance

Analysis

Development to the rescue of finance – the Bank’s 'cascade' approach

World Bank unveils cascade concept that privileges private over public finance. De-risking in order to attract private sector investments threatens to shift risks to public sector and result in third wave of privatisation.

3 July 2017

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Finance

News

6 December 2017

IFC to revisit its development outcomes framework

Civil society seeks to input into IFC's new development outcomes framework.

Finance

Background

19 April 2017 | Minutes

The role of the IMF in domestic and international taxation

Notes from the 2017 World Bank and IMF Spring Meetings session on Domestic and International Taxation, 19 April.

Finance

Background

19 April 2017 | Minutes

Making Tax Work for Women's Rights

Notes from a 2017 Spring Meetings event of BWP on Making Tax Work for Women's Rights, 19 April

Private Sector

Background

18 April 2017 | Minutes

Why impact investments can be an effective tool for social development

Notes of spring meeting session on impact investments, 18 April.

Conditionality

News

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.

Finance

News

31 January 2017

IMF reconsiders new loan as Mozambique defaults

Mozambique defaults on its debt after IMF freezes loan. IMF reopens discussions on new loan programme but civil society concerned lessons are not learnt.

IFI governance

Background

10 November 2016 | Minutes

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.