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To support the global economy, G7 should call for IMF to remove harmful surcharges

CSOs urge the G7 to take action to support debt-distressed economies by calling for the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to immediately end its harmful surcharge policy.

23 June 2022 | Letters

Gender

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Civil society statement regarding IMF's upcoming first-ever gender strategy

Civil society joint statement formulates a set of key policy asks grounded in a commitment to critically assess the gendered impact of the Fund’s conventional fiscal, monetary, and labour market policy advice.

18 March 2022 | Letters

Environment

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IMF programme in Pakistan undermines renewable energy roll-out

Loan programme in Pakistan undermines country’s plans for low-carbon transition, as tax breaks on renewables and EVs slashed from IMF-mandated mini-budget.

6 April 2022 | Guest comment
Ecosistemas advocates protest against Alto Maipo project before IFC building.

Accountability

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Alto Maipo: Harms endure due to MDBs' lack of proper due diligence

World Bank and Inter-American Development Bank's reactive independent accountability mechanisms cannot address harms caused by lack of proper due diligence in Alto Maipo.

9 December 2021 | Guest comment

Private Sector

Commentary

Submission to the World Bank Consultation for the Business Enabling Environment (BEE) Project

A coalition of CSOs have delivered a submission to the World Bank raising the BEE is just a rebranding exercise that does not address longstanding issues in the Bank's engagement in private sector advice.

16 March 2022 | Statement

Finance

Commentary

Joint statement on World Bank’s IDA20 replenishment

Bretton Woods Project, Eurodad and Afrodad publish statement on the need for IDA20 replenishment to make an effective and meaningful contribution to recovery and resilience efforts.

6 October 2021 | Letters

Finance

Commentary

World Bank must place economic transformation at heart of IDA20 replenishment

IDA20 must take urgent action to ensure tangible support for economic transformation and decent jobs, and the establishment of a social protection fund.

13 July 2021 | Guest comment

Land

Analysis

India’s new farm laws mirror international financial institutions’ vision of agriculture

Thousands of Indian farmers protest damaging World Bank and IMF-supported reforms to agriculture laws.

23 March 2021 | Guest comment
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Finance

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More than 150 groups call for the IMF to end its “unfair” and “counterproductive” surcharges

Over 160 civil society organizations from around the world are calling on the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to end the “unfair” and “counterproductive” surcharges attached to its lending to the most heavily indebted countries. The open letter was sent to the IMF Executive Board on 7 April ahead of the 2022 IMF and World Bank’s Spring Meetings.

7 April 2022 | Letters

News

worldbankpresident.org

Blog on who should have been selected as World Bank president, what they should do and the selection process generally.

23 September 2016 | Blog

IFI governance

Commentary

Submission to the IMF and World Bank Request for Feedback on the Civil Society Policy Forum at the Spring and Annual Meetings of the IMF and World Bank

In the following submission, the IMF and institutions of the World Bank Group, including the…

25 February 2016 | Statement

Conditionality

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Bankspeak of the year 2015

Every year the Bretton Woods Project highlights some of the most farcical remarks of Fund and Bank staff.

8 February 2016 | Humour

IFI governance

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Protecting the voices of civil society at the World Bank and IMF meetings

Friday 2nd October, 2015 To: President Jim Yong Kim, World Bank Managing Director Christine Lagarde,…

2 October 2015 | Statement

IFI governance

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Bankspeak of the year 2014

Bankspeak of the year 2014 celebrates some of the most ridiculous public remarks of Fund and Bank staff.

2 February 2015 | Humour

IFI governance

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Learning from failures or repeating mistakes

Bretton Woods Project comment on President Jim Yong Kim's blog on Oxfam America challenges the Bank's emphasis on private sector development

31 October 2013 | Blog

Environment

Commentary

World Bank: greening an airport near you

Just a month before releasing a new report on climate change and the need to "turn down the heat" (see Update 86), the Bank agreed a $50 million loan to the Chinese prefecture of Shangrao, located in the northeast of China's Jiangxi province, to build a new airport.

26 June 2013 | Humour
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