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Finance

Analysis

IMF debt sustainability analysis in times of compounding crises: Still unfit for purpose

New IMF debt sustainability framework fails to alleviate concerns over transparency and overoptimism in midst of large-scale debt crisis, as countries face severe austerity and private lenders wait for bailouts.

4 October 2022

Finance

Commentary

Quota reform needed at IMF in order to address 21st century challenges

As economic conditions worsen and the Fund's legitimacy comes under increasing pressure, IMF leaders gathering for the Annual Meetings must make progress on ongoing review of IMF quotas and agree a more equitable formula and distribution of voting power.

4 October 2022 | Guest comment

Finance

Commentary

Civil society organizations urge end to IMF surcharges to finance climate action instead

More than 300 organisations and individuals call upon the IMF to urgently address one of the most glaring and easily rectifiable contradictions between its stated support for a just transition and its actions by immediately ending its surcharge policy. 

22 November 2022 | Letters

IFI governance

Analysis

V20 communiqué analysis Annual Meetings 2022: Climate vulnerable countries call for debt relief and a revamped IMF

The finance ministers for the Vulnerable Group of Twenty, a bloc of 58 developing country economies representing some 1.5 billion people, issued a communiqué on 16 October.

19 October 2022

IFI governance

Analysis

IMFC Chair's Statement analysis Annual Meetings 2022: Scrambling for new ideas to tackle inflation, debt, and climate change

IMFC chair statement condemns Russia’s war while scrambling for new ideas to tackle inflation, debt, and climate change, as Covid response fades from attention.

19 October 2022

IFI governance

Analysis

G24 communiqué analysis Annual Meetings 2022: G24 echoes calls for more drastic measures by international financial institutions

G24 communiqué echoes calls for more drastic measures by international financial institutions to cushion the blow for low- and middle-income countries in the face of compounding global crises.

19 October 2022

Other news

IFI governance

Background

Implications of financial deepening for inequality and its impact on gender, poverty, and marginalization

Notes from a Civil Society Policy Forum panel on 14 October 2022 titled "Implications of financial deepening for inequality and its impact on gender, poverty, and marginalization."

14 October 2022 | Minutes

IFI governance

Background

Greening whole economies? Unpacking World Bank plans for Paris alignment by July 2023

Notes from a Civil Society Policy Forum event on 14 October titled "Greening whole economies? Unpacking World Bank plans for Paris alignment by July 2023."

14 October 2022 | Minutes

IFI governance

Background

Winds of change: the future of tax reforms in Latin America

Notes from a Civil Society Policy Forum panel on 13 October 2022 titled "Winds of change: the future of tax reforms in Latin America."

13 October 2022 | Minutes

IFI governance

Background

Accelerating equality through a gender-just green transition: unlocking women and girls’ economic opportunities

Notes from the Civil Society Policy Forum event on 13 October titled "Accelerating equality through a gender-just green transition: unlocking women and girls’ economic opportunities."

13 October 2022 | Minutes

IFI governance

Background

IFC, Uber and the gig economy: deregulation and labour flexibilisation as a “women’s empowerment” strategy

Notes from a Civil Society Policy Forum panel on 13 October titled "IFC, Uber and the gig economy: deregulation and labour flexibilisation as a 'women’s empowerment' strategy,"

13 October 2022 | Minutes

IFI governance

Background

Debt transparency and public accountability - designing the way forward

Notes from a Civil Society Policy Forum event on 12 October 2022 titled "Debt transparency and public accountability - designing the way forward."

12 October 2022 | Minutes