The Bretton Woods Project is a civil society watchdog of the IMF and World Bank. We advocate for a multilateral system that is democratic, inclusive, transparent, accountable, and responsive to people, especially the poorest and most vulnerable.

Latest from the Bretton Woods Project

IFI governance

Analysis

Spring Meetings 2022 Wrap-Up: Progress on key issues side-tracked by Ukraine invasion and BWIs’ own sense of drift

Spring Meetings conclude with frantic calls for stronger multilateralism, but few advances in key issues such as Covid-19 unequal recovery, debt, inequality and climate crises, while Russia participation prevents G20, G24 and Development Committee from releasing a communique.

26 April 2022

Gender

Analysis

The IMF gender strategy: Will it lead to real change for women’s rights?

While the strategy's first concept note outlines an ambitious vision to mainstream gender across the Fund’s core operations, civil society emphasises that a deeper analysis of on the effects of Fund-endorsed policies on women’s rights is still missing.

6 April 2022

Accountability

Commentary

The IMF is changing and needs an independent ombudsman

The Fund's expansion of its work into the macro-stability challenges posed by pandemics, climate change, gender discrimination and inequality increases the risks that it may negatively impact communities and individuals.

21 July 2022 | Guest comment

Accountability

Analysis

Why the IFC can’t afford to squander this opportunity to get remedy right

The IFC is the only DFI that has committed to creating a remedy framework. The basic requirements of a rights-based remedy framework are already known.

21 July 2022 | Guest analysis

Environment

News

Resilience and Sustainability Trust: Will “qualifying reforms” bring long-overdue institutional shift?

Problematic track record on climate and fossil fuel finance means IMF-World Bank collaboration on the Resilience and Sustainability Trust risks repetition of failed policies.

21 July 2022

Finance

News

Highly indebted countries face further cuts to public spending to service debts, as IMF austerity bites

Debt Justice's new report highlights urgent need for international debt workout mechanisms, as countries are forced to prioritise debt payments.

21 July 2022

Other news

Conditionality

News

The human face of the World Bank's private sector bias: The privatisation of Kenya's healthcare

A November 2021 report by the Center for Human Rights and Global Justice at New York University highlights the human rights consequences of the World Bank’s Maximising Finance for Development approach.

21 July 2022

Social services

News

World Bank’s IFC ends funding for fee-paying primary and secondary schools

Independent Evaluation Group report highlighted private sector education provision can exacerbate inequality and undermine the public sector school system.

21 July 2022

Finance

News

Restart of Pakistan’s IMF loan agreement collapses with change in government, as soaring costs of IFC-supported LNG add to fiscal pain

Pakistan increases fuel prices in effort to meet IMF conditions, while cost of importing LNG surges.

21 July 2022

Land

News

IFC approves loan to industrial agriculture producer in Brazil despite pleas for protection of sensitive grassland biome

World Bank’s IFC $200 loan for large-scale agricultural production in Brazil disregards serious human rights and environmental concerns, despite calls by 200 civil society organisations globally

21 July 2022

Environment

News

Mozambique IMF loan moves forward amid serious sustainability and transparency concerns

Fresh $456m IMF loan to Mozambique risks adding to insecurity and debt crisis as LNG projects have fuelled conflict and likely to become stranded assets.

21 July 2022

Knowledge

News

It’s just the tip of the iceberg: civil society organisations call for an overhaul of the World Bank following the Doing Business Report scandal

More than 140 CSO groups and individuals call on the World Bank to focus on grappling with the harms caused by its undemocratic governance structure and biased publications like the Doing Business Report, and to take measures to decolonise the institution.

19 April 2022 | Letters