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Background

Background

What are the Bretton Woods Institutions?

The Bretton Woods Institutions are the World Bank, and the International Monetary Fund (IMF). They were set up at a meeting of 43 countries in Bretton Woods, New Hampshire, USA in July 1944. Their aims were to help rebuild the shattered postwar economy and to promote international economic cooperation.

1 January 2019 | FAQ

Environment

Analysis

World Bank's investment in Seven Energy in Nigeria once again calls Bank's due diligence into question

World Bank's due diligence processes highly suspect as it invests a quarter of a billion dollars in Nigerian Seven Energy, where several individuals associated with the company’s flagship contract are now either on the run or charged with money laundering.

6 December 2018 | At Issue

Finance

Background

IMF surveillance

This Inside the Institutions looks at IMF surveillance and explores its role in influencing countries' macroeconomic policies .

6 December 2018

Environment

Background

Carbon finance: The role of the World Bank in carbon trading markets

This Inside the Institutions looks at the role of the World Bank in carbon finance initiatives

26 September 2018 | Inside the institutions

IFI governance

Background

A lost decade for human rights? Assessing austerity and its alternatives 10 years on from the financial crisis

Notes from the 20 April Civil Society Policy Forum session on assessing austerity and its alternatives 10 years after the global financial crisis at the World Bank and IMF's Spring Meetings.

20 April 2018 | Minutes

IFI governance

Background

Financing development through financial intermediaries: Exploring best practices in transparency

Notes from the 19 April Civil Society Policy Forum session on financing development through financial intermediaries at the World Bank and IMF Spring Meetings.

19 April 2018 | Minutes

IFI governance

Background

Financial crisis 10 years on. Has the response to 2008 laid the foundations for the next?

Notes from the 19 April Civil Society Policy Forum session on the response to the 2008 financial crisis at the World Bank and IMF's Spring Meetings.

19 April 2018 | Minutes

IFI governance

Background

The promotion of Public-Private Partnerships – exporting a failed model?

Notes from the 19 April Civil Society Policy Forum session on the World Bank's promotion of public-private partnerships at the World Bank and IMF's Spring Meetings.

19 April 2018 | Minutes
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Other news

Gender

Background

Sexual orientation & gender identity – considering risk mitigation within World Bank programming

This Civil Society Policy Forum Session was co-sponsored by the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce,…

18 April 2019 | Minutes

Finance

Background

Taxing to Develop: International Taxation Challenges for Africa

Notes from the IMF and World Bank 2019 Spring Meetings official session on 14 April on international taxation challenges in Africa. 

18 April 2019 | Minutes

Infrastructure

Background

Sustainable Infrastructure: Aligning with Rights and the SDGs

Notes from the Civil Society Policy Forum event on 10 April, which looked at sustainable infrastructure from fiscal, rights and climate lenses.

17 April 2019 | Minutes

Finance

Background

Taxes, Taxes, Taxes: Shifting the IFI Narrative to Progressive Gender-just Taxation

Notes from the Civil Society Policy Forum session on 12 April on the changing international tax landscape from a feminist perspective and challenging IFIs’ role in shaping it at the World Bank and IMF's 2019 Spring Meetings.

16 April 2019 | Minutes

Conditionality

Background

Austerity and the right to health - the IMF’s role in expanding fiscal space for public spending

Notes from the Civil Society Policy Forum session on 10 April on the incoherence between IMF-backed austerity policies, via loan conditionality and policy advice, and the realization of the right to health.

16 April 2019 | Minutes

Knowledge

Background

Recommended resources on the World Bank and IMF: 2018

BOOKS Enforcing the rules in a global economy: The emergence of structural conditionality in the…

1 February 2019

Knowledge

Background

Isabel Alvarez and Ella Hopkins join the Bretton Woods Project

Isabel Alvarez and Ella Hopkins join the Bretton Woods Project as Communications Manager and Gender Project Officer, respectively

27 September 2018

IFI governance

Background

UK civil society meeting with UK World Bank Executive Director Melanie Robinson

Notes from a meeting with the UK World Bank Executive Director on 6 July 2018.

28 August 2018 | Minutes
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