Analysis

Private Sector

Analysis

How IMF and World Bank support for financialisation undermines human rights

IMF and World Bank policies and programmes work in tandem to expand and deepen financialisation, exacerbating the inequality crisis and harming human rights, financial stability and democratic governance

6 April 2022 | At Issue

Infrastructure

Analysis

World Bank announces support for CCUS in Nigeria despite criticisms it reinforces fossil fuel dependence

World Bank trust fund ESMAP will provide support for domestic market, while IFC will support private sector investment in CCUS.

6 April 2022

Finance

Analysis

Our World in 2021

While the Bank stressed the need for a recovery based on Green, Resilient and Inclusive Development and the IMF highlighted its concerns about the divergent paths of the global recovery in 2021, both continued to support largely unreformed policies.

2 March 2022 | Annual report (BWP)

Knowledge

Analysis

Death of Doing Business Report greatly exaggerated as World Bank announces rebranding plans

World Bank announces relaunch of Doing Business Report in approximately two years.

9 December 2021

Finance

Analysis

Debt crisis prevention: We need to talk about capital controls

IMF's position on capital controls must be revised to recognise that they are an essential and permanent macroeconomic tool necessary to increase countries' policy autonomy and enable them to act counter-cyclically and to prevent future debt crises.

9 December 2021 | At Issue

Environment

Analysis

Lack of public finance and debt relief at COP26 undermines countries' climate goals

Climate-for-debt swaps mechanism proposed by IMF fails to materialise, while rich countries' climate finance commitments remain unmet.

9 December 2021

Conditionality

Analysis

New IMF-Pakistan agreement likely to have adverse impact on women

IMF and Pakistan have reached agreement for a further loan disbursement, with Pakistan agreeing to significant cuts.

9 December 2021 | Guest analysis

Environment

Analysis

IMF surveillance and climate change transition risks

New briefing by ActionAid USA and the Bretton Woods Project highlights research showing that IMF policy advice has undermined a just energy transition since the Paris Agreement was signed.

8 November 2021 | Briefings

IFI governance

Analysis

Development Committee communiqué analysis - Annual Meetings 2021

The Development Committee communiqué was published on 15 October. It acknowledged an uneven and uncertain path to recovery, while it kept silent on the need for a TRIPS waiver of the Covid-19 vaccines and said little about the IMF’s new $650 billion allocation of SDRs.

19 October 2021

IFI governance

Analysis

Annual Meetings Wrap-up: despite urgent climate and development needs, geopolitics and deference to private finance rule the day

Doing Business scandal once again highlights that geopolitical wrangling is key driving force behind Bretton Woods Institutions’ governance structure and policy prescriptions.

19 October 2021

IFI governance

Analysis

G20 communiqué analysis – Annual Meetings 2021

G20 offers sanguine tone on the global health and debt crises, failing to address issues related to vaccines and private creditors.

19 October 2021

IFI governance

Analysis

G24 communiqué analysis - Annual Meetings 2021

G24 finance ministers called for urgent measures to arrest the unequal recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic.

19 October 2021