View all articles

At Issue

IFI governance


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



The highest bidder takes it all: The World Bank's new scheme to privatise land in the Global South

World Bank Enabling the Business of Agriculture rankings prescribe land privatisation at the expense of family farmers, pastoralists, and Indigenous Peoples.

4 April 2019 | At Issue



Debt and gender equality: How debt-servicing conditions harm women in Africa

As debt crises across the African continent continue to soar, concerns are raised about the gendered impact of debt-servicing conditions imposed by international financial institutions.

4 April 2019 | At Issue



World Bank's investment in Seven Energy in Nigeria once again calls Bank's due diligence into question

World Bank's due diligence processes highly suspect as it invests a quarter of a billion dollars in Nigerian Seven Energy, where several individuals associated with the company’s flagship contract are now either on the run or charged with money laundering.

6 December 2018 | At Issue



The World Bank's role in crafting a neoliberal hegemony with a feminist face

The World Bank’s recent gender equality approach constitutes an attempt at establishing a consensus over the regulation of the economy.

28 September 2018 | At Issue
A shanty town in Jakarta



The World Bank and the globalisation of housing finance

In prioritising capital market expansion, the needs of the lowest income groups are not being effectively addressed through World Bank interventions.

25 July 2018 | At Issue



World Bank report on fiscal adjustment in Brazil: questionable analysis; unfair policies

The World Bank’s report on public spending in Brazil raises serious questions about the methodology used and relevance of the report’s focus on fiscal consolidation in light of its own admission that the deterioration of Brazil’s fiscal situation is due principally to the recession.

27 March 2018 | At Issue



The IMF in insecure fragile states: why being absent should no longer be an option

While there is scope to improve IMF operations in all fragile states, ahead of the forthcoming publication of the IMF IEO review of IMF work in fragile states, there is one fundamental change it must make to transform its effectiveness in fragile states: wherever it is possible, it must be present. No country should be left out.

20 March 2018 | At Issue