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Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva holds a Caribbean Ministerial Roundtable on the Resilience and Sustainability Trust at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre, 17 June 2022. Credit: Kim Haughton/ IMF Photo

Environment

Background

What is the IMF Resilience and Sustainability Trust?

This Inside the Institutions looks at IMF’s Resilience and Sustainability Trust (RST) reflecting on concerns about its eligibility criteria, quota limit, and 'green conditions'.

13 December 2023 | Inside the institutions

Finance

Background

What are IMF surcharges?

This Inside the Institutions looks at the issue of surcharges, which are additional interest payments the IMF imposes on countries with large, outstanding debts to the IMF.

6 April 2022 | Inside the institutions

Rights

Background

The World Bank's approach to human rights

This Inside the Institutions explores how the World Bank approaches human rights in the context of the international human rights obligations of international financial and development institutions.

19 July 2023 | Inside the institutions

Gender

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The World Bank's approach to gender mainstreaming

This Inside the Institutions looks at the World Bank’s current approach to gender mainstreaming, reflecting on and comparing it to previous Bank approaches to addressing gender inequality.

8 December 2022 | Inside the institutions

IFI governance

Background

What are the World Bank and IMF Annual Meetings?

This Inside the Institutions looks at the World Bank and International Monetary Fund Annual Meetings, one of two official yearly events bringing together BWI governors, officials, civil society, academics and journalists to discuss major economic developments and global governance.

4 October 2022 | Inside the institutions

Trade

Background

What is the World Bank’s International Center for the Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID)?

New Inside the Institutions looks at the World Bank’s International Center for the Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), the main forum for Investor-to-State Dispute Settlements.

18 July 2022 | Inside the institutions

Finance

Background

What are Special Drawing Rights (SDRs)?

This Inside the Institutions looks at the IMF’s Special Drawing Rights, including their history and usage, with a focus on the latest allocation, which accounts for 69 per cent of the SDRs ever disbursed.

9 December 2021 | 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
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Other news

Finance

Background

What types of financing does the IMF provide?

The IMF provides various types of loans to member governments. This background article explains how IMF lending works and sets out the differences between the main types of IMF lending.

7 October 2020 | FAQ

Knowledge

Background

World Bank’s Doing Business report

This Inside the Institutions looks at the Doing Business report and retraces key steps in its history and development, explains how ratings are calculated and outlines some of the main criticisms regarding its methodology and ideological background.

3 July 2017 | Inside the institutions

Conditionality

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The IMF's framework for low-income countries

In the midst of the global financial and economic crisis the IMF amended its lending framework for low-income countries (LICs). It now has three main instruments for LICs – the Extended Credit Facility, the Standby Credit Facility and the Rapid Credit Facility. The three different programmes are subsidised by the newly created Poverty Reduction and Growth Trust (PRGT). The IMF also engages with LICs through non-financial facilities, especially the Policy Support Instrument (PSI) and the St

17 June 2010 | Inside the institutions

Finance

Background

World Bank country assistance strategies

The country assistance strategy (CAS) is the most important World Bank country-level document: it sets out the indicative level and type of assistance the World Bank Group will provide to a country, usually for a four-year period. The CAS should link a country's development priorities to selected World Bank Group support. It is also intended to promote coordination with other development partners.

16 April 2010 | Inside the institutions

Finance

Background

The IMF and financial sector reform

While the World Bank has done a lot of work on financial sector reform, the IMF is also a key actor. Since facing criticism over its lack of understanding of financial markets in the wake of the 1997 Asian financial crisis, the IMF has significantly increased its capacity for analysis of the financial sector.

4 December 2007 | Inside the institutions

Social services

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The World Bank and disability

The Bank’s formal commitment to disability work began in June 2002 with the founding of the disability and development team within the social protection unit of the human development vice-presidency. The team’s primary focus is on cooperating at the international level on including the disabled in development.

23 November 2006 | Inside the institutions

Knowledge

Background

The IMF and poverty

Three years ago the IMF announced that poverty reduction would be its new priority. A quick look at the composition of IMF staff gives an indication of how well equipped the Fund is to address the multidimensional nature of poverty.

28 January 2003 | Inside the institutions

Trade

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Bank trade map

New Bretton Woods Update feature providing readers with an easy-to-understand summary of the Bank’s work on trade, relevant contacts and web information.

26 November 2002 | Inside the institutions
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