Analysis

Finance

Analysis

Over optimistic IMF forecasts risk dire consequences for Covid-19 response

As G20 gears up to take critical decisions on international financial response to Covid-19, the consequences of overly rosy IMF forecasts are potentially more costly than ever.

6 October 2020

Finance

Analysis

World Bank’s rating obsession will negate debt justice

The international financial system’s reliance upon credit ratings – usually based on dubious premises – needs urgent rethinking.

12 August 2020 | At Issue

Finance

Analysis

The IMF and World Bank-led Covid-19 recovery: ‘Building back better’ or locking in broken policies?

Early evidence suggests IMF programmes are maintaining long-term fiscal consolidation targets, while World Bank further continues Maximizing Finance for Development narrative amidst Covid-19 crisis.

16 July 2020

Infrastructure

Analysis

World Bank must ensure new Africa energy strategy is inclusive and pro-poor

The Bank’s new Africa energy strategy offers it an important chance to mainstream achieving SDG7 into its energy lending on the continent.

16 July 2020 | Guest comment

Conditionality

Analysis

The IMF’s role in the devastating impacts of Covid-19 – the case of Ecuador

IMF-backed austerity measures starved health sector prior to pandemic, yet Fund continues to prescribe devastating long-term fiscal consolidation.

16 July 2020 | Guest analysis

Rights

Analysis

Fears of lawsuits at World Bank’s tribunal constrain efforts to fight pandemic

Covid-19 pandemic highlights the urgent need for ICSID and wider ISDS reforms as cases threaten to undermine state efforts to protect public health.

16 July 2020

IFI governance

Analysis

Fears of shrinking civil society space as World Bank Staff Association calls for axing of Spring Meetings

World Bank Staff Association's call for permanent cancellation of Spring Meetings and its CSPF raises long-standing concerns about the need for improved civil society engagement by the Bank and Fund.

21 April 2020

IFI governance

Analysis

Spring Meetings 2020 wrap-up: Will this change everything? Apparently not…

Analysis of this year's World Bank and IMF Spring Meetings: With international response to Covid-19 mired in geopolitical manoeuverings and resistance to systemic change, calls for alternatives grow.

21 April 2020

IFI governance

Analysis

Development Committee communiqué analysis - Spring Meetings 2020

Analysis of the Development Committee communiqué published on 17 April.

21 April 2020

IFI governance

Analysis

G20 communiqué analysis - Spring Meetings 2020

Analysis of the G20 communiqué published on 15 April.

21 April 2020

Finance

Analysis

IMFC communiqué analysis - Spring Meetings 2020

Analysis of the IMFC communiqué, issued on 16 April, from the 2020 World Bank and IMF virtual Spring Meetings.

21 April 2020

IFI governance

Analysis

G24 communiqué analysis – Spring Meetings 2020

Analysis of the G24 communiqué released on 14 April.

21 April 2020