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Gender

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The World Bank and gender equality: Development Policy Financing

New BWP briefing offers critical gender analysis of World Bank lending instrument to borrowing countries.

15 August 2019 | Briefings

Conditionality

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Structural adjustment is dead, long live structural adjustment

As Fund publishes its first comprehensive review of conditionality since the financial crisis, questions arise about the Fund's capacity to create economic stability and the rise of structural conditions.

30 July 2019

Environment

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Confronted with climate emergency, IMF belatedly attempts to "get real"

Fund turns its attention to carbon pricing to support Paris Agreement alignment, as climate vulnerable countries see rising cost of climate impacts.

30 July 2019
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IFI governance

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Here we go again: Surprise IMF leadership change litmus test for its legitimacy

Lagarde resignation kicks-off another leadership race overshadowed by gentleman’s agreement.

30 July 2019

Finance

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The Bretton Woods Institutions and the second crisis of multilateralism

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.

30 July 2019 | At Issue
Flags of member nations flying at United Nations Headquarters

Conditionality

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IMF framework on social spending out of step with international standards

Fund publishes social spending strategy, civil society deems outcome too little too late.

30 July 2019 | Guest analysis
The wind park near the village of Bulgarevo,Bulgaria.

Environment

Analysis

Low-carbon infrastructure, sustainable finance, and people-focused development

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.

18 July 2019 | Briefings

IFI governance

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Spring Meetings wrap-up 2019: what crisis of multilateralism?

As the world ponders the fate of a beleaguered multilateralism on the 75th anniversary of the Bank and Fund, both fail to act on essential governance reforms and opt to maintain the unjust privilege of the Global North.

16 April 2019
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IFI governance

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CSO roundtable with World Bank Group executive directors

Sponsor: World Bank Group Chairs: Merza Hasan (WB Executive Director, MENA Constituency), Lindsay Coates (Acting…

14 April 2015 | Note

Environment

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CIFs and the private sector

Information on the private sector and the CIFs taken from each section of CIF Monitor…

23 October 2013

IFI governance

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Annual meetings 2014: communiqués coverage

G24 communiqué (09 October): analysis, original document G20 finance ministers' communiqué (10 October): original document…

2 October 2014

Environment

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NGOs call for halt of World Bank’s climate initiatives

In July 2012 NGOs called on governments to pivot away from funding the Bank-housed Climate…

23 October 2013

Environment

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CIFs Monitor: past issues

Climate Investment Funds Monitor 7 25 April 2013 This briefing, including references, can also be…

13 October 2013

IFI governance

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Submission to the International Development Committee of the UK parliament: inquiry into the World B

The UK should not increase its contribution to IDA in the current replenishment. Instead, it should focus on achieving substantial reforms of the World Bank and IFC in key areas, including health, gender, climate and energy, and the private sector, and in radically improving the legitimacy, transparency and accountability of the institution.

19 October 2010 | Paper

Finance

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The International Monetary System:

Summary of seminar held at the Civil Society Forum during the 2010 World Bank/ IMF spring meetings.

23 April 2010 | Note

IFI governance

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Bretton Woods Project submission on the DFID White Paper

In a submission the the DFID white paper consultation, we set out the significant change needed at the World Bank and IMF to bring them into line both with international norms and with UK policy, in order to improve their contribution to sustainable development. In this submission we outline changes needed in: IFI governance; IFI conditionality policies; IFI policies related to aid effectiveness; IFI policy on climate change; private-sector finance; and the financial sector's impact on devel

11 May 2009 | Briefings
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