Rise of the global South and descent of the North?

This briefing notes that recent reforms to the IMF and World Bank governance and the establishment of new Southern-led IFIs are symbolically important, however, they are thus far not a rupture with the Western-dominated international financial architecture.

1 March 2016 | Briefings



IMF on gender and income inequality: from research to implementation

New IMF staff discussion note links gender and economic equality, but will this research influence IMF policy?

9 February 2016 | At Issue



Corporate bias at the World Bank Group

This briefing finds significant bias in favour of corporations and commercial interests in the main venue for settlement of legal cases brought by corporations against governments: the World Bank’s International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID).

28 September 2015 | At Issue



UN Financing for Development: the Fund and Bank's role & influence

This briefing analyses the role of the Bank and Fund in the UN Financing for Development negotiations.

3 July 2015 | At Issue

IFI governance


Impasse at the IMF

This briefing shows that multilateral governance is at risk if long-overdue IMF quota and board reforms are not ratified.

31 March 2015 | At Issue



The World Bank: In the vanguard of an infrastructure boom

This briefing analyses the "biggest investment boom in human history", examining elements of a new public-private partnership focused infrastructure investment model, including the role of the World Bank Group.

2 February 2015 | At Issue



Multilateral Development Banks’ unburnable carbon

Bretton Woods Project briefing on MDBs' fossil fuel investments and exposure to the carbon bubble

17 September 2014 | Briefings



Conditionally yours

New analysis reveals the IMF’s increasing use of controversial conditions attached to loans.

20 June 2014 | At Issue



Corporatising agriculture

World Bank’s Benchmarking the Business of Agriculture rankings are unlikely to benefit the world’s smallholder farmers, but could instead facilitate corporate land grabs.

9 May 2014 | At Issue



BRICS Bank: New bottle, how’s the wine?

Last year BRICS' leaders agreed to launch a BRICS development bank. Whether this is considered positive depends in part what questions are being asked. Sameer Dossani of ActionAid International highlights the flaws in the World Bank and IMF, analyses whether a BRICS Bank could be different from these institutions and proposes what it should do and what it should look like.

27 February 2014 | At Issue



IMF & gender: a long way to go

This briefing analyses the recently published IMF discussion note Women, work and the economy and draws some positive conclusions from its recommendations, whilst pointing to additional measures that the IMF can take to promote gender equity.

23 January 2014 | At Issue

Private Sector


ICSID and Latin America

Latin American states are actively exploring alternative mechanisms to the ICSID state-investor dispute mechanism which they claim has investor bias.

3 December 2013 | At Issue