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The World Bank's updated international poverty line, a case of poor measurement?

World Bank updates the International Poverty Line and claims a continued decrease in numbers of poor, but long-standing questions about the methodology used and whether the instrument is fit for purpose persist.

5 April 2016
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Rights

Analysis

The IMF’s chameleon-policies on unions are changing colours

New IMF research has shown the positive impact of trade unions have on reducing income inequality, however, the Fund's own European austerity programmes indicate that the IMF ignores its own evidence.

6 July 2015 | Guest analysis

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Business as usual: World Bank rejects Doing Business reforms

World Bank publishes minor changes to its Doing Business report, addressing only one of the criticisms of an independent panel review while activists continue to highlight the damage done by the rankings.

20 June 2014

IFI governance

Background

Recommended resources on the World Bank and IMF 2013

The best papers, books and electronic resources on the World Bank and IMF from 2013.

23 January 2014 | Resource
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Private Sector

Commentary

Can development really be delivered by investing in private banks?

In a new blog the Bretton Woods Project highlights the Bank's increasing investment in financial intermediaries at the expense of education and health

11 April 2014 | Blog
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Conditionality

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Inequality: IMF fails to listen to itself

While NGO Oxfam criticised the IMF for failing to learn lessons of the past in its approach to European austerity, IMF research on inequality produced findings opposite to IMF programme demands for borrowers.

3 October 2013

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Background

IMF forecasting models

Forecasting models are crucial to how the Fund performs its role as lender and global economic monitor, but the assumptions underpinning these models are frequently derided as unrealistic.

4 October 2013 | Inside the institutions

IFI governance

Analysis

World Bank's new strategy: 'deliverology' for the private sector?

As the World Bank's attention moves from goal-setting to implementation of a new strategy, it is becoming clear that it intends to further prioritise the role of the private sector and adopt many practices of its private sector arm, the International Finance Corporation (IFC), as the main pillars for the whole group.

26 June 2013

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Background

7 October 2015 | Minutes

Lurking behind plummeting oil prices: Advancing structural adjustment

Notes from a meeting at the IMF/World Bank CSO Forum at the 2015 Annual meetings, focusing on macroeconomic challenges for the MENA region.

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News

3 February 2015

WDR 2015: Mind over matter

Behavioural economics is the basis for the World Bank's 2015 World Development Report but is criticised for ignoring the impact of power and politics.

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News

6 August 2014

Who’s poor? New estimates of PPPs led to halving of World Bank’s poverty numbers

A May World Bank-led statistical operation has used a new method to estimate purchasing power parities, allowing it to more than halve the estimated number of people living on below $1.25 per day.

Rights

News

27 June 2014

ILO paper questions IMF research on labour market reforms

A recent ILO publication finds major methodological flaws in reserach papers that the IMF used to justify the weakening of labour regulation.

Trade

Background

11 April 2014 | Minutes

The future of Doing Business

Social services

News

31 March 2014

Poland reverses World Bank-promoted pension scheme

Poland has taken public control of a World-Bank-promoted private-asset-managed pension scheme which was causing huge losses, but the Bank continues to deny blame.

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News

27 February 2014

Lagarde - equality champion?

Lagarde discusses income inequality in UK speech and cites Oxfam paper that criticises IMF, but ignores recommendations to reduce income inequality.

IFI governance

News

23 January 2014

Civil society urges Kim to expand B-SPAN

Civil society organisations and individuals has urged Kim to expand B-SPAN, the World Bank's internet based broadcasting service.