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Finance

Background

What is World Bank Development Policy Financing?

This Inside the Institutions provides an overview of one of the World Bank’s most controversial types of lending, Development Policy Financing, and outlines some key critiques of the instrument.

23 March 2021
IMF Board of Governors, Bali, Indonesia, 2018

IFI governance

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IMF and World Bank decision-making and governance

This Inside the Institutions looks at decision-making and governance structures at the IMF and World Bank.

7 April 2020 | Inside the institutions

Knowledge

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The World Bank: What it is and how it operates

This Inside the Institutions provides an overview of how the Bank’s systems are designed to operate.

16 July 2020 | Inside the institutions

IFI governance

Background

What is the ‘gentleman’s agreement’?

Leadership of the IMF and World Bank has been guided by a historical 'gentleman's agreement' between Europe and the United States. What does this agreement entail? And how could it be reformed?

23 July 2019 | FAQ

Accountability

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Consultant for funders scoping (CLOSED)

Counter Balance and Bretton Woods Project are looking for a consultant to undertake a funders scoping for both organisations.

18 March 2020 | Recruitment
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Knowledge

Background

Recommended resources on the World Bank and IMF 2019

The Bretton Woods Project's selection of the best books, reports and other resources on the World Bank and IMF from 2019.

22 January 2020 | Resource

IFI governance

Analysis

Bretton Woods at 75 and the future of multilateralism conference

On 21 October the Georgetown University Law CAROLA, BWP and the Bank Information Center hosted a one-day conference entitled Bretton Woods at 75 and the future of multilateralism.

28 October 2019 | Minutes

WB/IMF roles

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What are the main criticisms of the World Bank and the IMF?

The IMF and World Bank continue to be amongst the most relevant and significant powerful norm-setters, convenors, knowledge-holders and influencers of the international development and financial landscape. This Inside the Institutions sets-out some of the most common criticisms of the World Bank and IMF under three broad lenses: democratic governance, human rights and the environment.

4 June 2019 | FAQ
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Other news

Finance

Background

Special Drawing Rights as a sustainable option for financing fight against COVID-19 and economic recovery in Africa

Notes from the Spring 2021 Civil Society Policy Forum session on 1 April.

1 April 2021 | Minutes

Social services

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Education financing to reach the most marginalised: Challenges and solutions during COVID-19 response and recovery

Notes from the virtual Civil Society Policy Forum session on 31 March 2021.

31 March 2021 | Minutes

Environment

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Why climate transition risks are macro-critical: The IMF and enabling a green recovery

Notes from the virtual Civil Society Policy Forum event on 30 March.

30 March 2021 | Minutes

Private Sector

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Private sector accountability in times of crisis

Notes from the virtual Civil Society Policy Forum session on 29 March.

29 March 2021 | Minutes

Finance

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Showcasing the impact of debt in poor countries and a proposal for fair and green recovery financing

Notes from the Civil Society Policy Forum session on 29 March.

29 March 2021 | Minutes

Finance

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Development Policy Finance: Critical concerns surrounding accountability and outcomes for people and the climate

Notes from the Civil Society Policy Forum session on 26 March.

26 March 2021 | Minutes

Social services

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The role of the World Bank in ensuring universal and equitable COVID-19 vaccines for all

Notes from the virtual Civil Society Policy Forum event on March 26.

26 March 2021 | Minutes

Private Sector

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An economic future for whom? The Cascade/MFD and recovery

Notes from the virtual Spring 2021 Civil Society Policy Forum on 25 March 2021.

25 March 2021 | Minutes
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