Analysis

IFI governance

Analysis

Spring Meetings 2022 Preamble: War in Ukraine risks deepening divergent recovery as World Bank and IMF prepare for Spring Meetings

War in Ukraine will have significant spillover effects as Global South continues to carry the burden of vaccine inequity. Debt, austerity and evolving food crisis key talking points of Meetings while unequal recovery, gender, RST and surcharges key issues at CSPF.

14 April 2022

Gender

Analysis

The IMF gender strategy: Will it lead to real change for women’s rights?

While the strategy's first concept note outlines an ambitious vision to mainstream gender across the Fund’s core operations, civil society emphasises that a deeper analysis of on the effects of Fund-endorsed policies on women’s rights is still missing.

6 April 2022

Finance

Analysis

New IMF Resilience and Sustainability Trust (RST) – how to make it work for the Global South

RST must support low- and vulnerable middle-income countries to recover from the pandemic and tackle economic and climate-related structural challenges.

6 April 2022 | Guest 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