In mid March, the IMF released a concept note outlining the scope of its internal conditionality review (see Update 74), to be published before the Fund’s annual meetings in September. The note states that the IMF will look at “how programmes have taken account of the social impact of planned policy measures”, but does not mention an analysis of the actual impacts that Fund-required policy reforms have on borrowing countries. Nuria Molina of Brussel-based NGO Eurodad criticised the note for revealing the review’s “limited scope”, and said “it confirms civil society groups’ fears that the IMF would not actually take measuring the impacts of conditionality seriously”.
This briefing emphasises the interdependence between the SDGs and the Paris Climate Agreement, in terms of ensuring that all new infrastructure is climate resilient and aligned with the low- or zero-carbon pathways required to avert catastrophic climate change – which would render achieving the SDGs impossible.
World Bank Enabling the Business of Agriculture rankings prescribe land privatisation at the expense of family farmers, pastoralists, and Indigenous Peoples.
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