On 30 May, the Spanish parliament approved a motion requiring the executive to report annually on Spanish positions adopted at the World Bank and IMF. The government will also have to report on the decisions taken by these institutions with regards to foreign debt, the “fight against poverty” and the Millennium Development Goals. The motion asks for: greater transparency on the financial resources allocated to the Bank and Fund; a strengthened presence of development experts and professionals in the IFIs; and promotion of research on the socio-economic impact of IFI actions undertaken at the initiative of Spain.
New BWP briefing offers critical gender analysis of World Bank lending instrument to borrowing countries.
At 75, the World Bank and IMF face a crisis of multilateralism in no small part of their own making as failed economic policies have resulted in skepticism of the international order they helped to create.
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