Commentary

Finance

Commentary

Better ways to reduce the pain of debt crises for developing countries?

Amid challenging global conditions, proposals to address liquidity issues must be urgently matched by a reformed, development-focused international financial architecture.

9 April 2024 | Guest comment
Crops field in Ukraine

Land

Commentary

Ukraine's post-war agricultural recovery: Returning to the way things were is not enough

World Bank and other international financial institutions need to ensure Ukraine’s agriculture sector reforms lead to increased liquidity for smaller farms and ensure local development, environmentally sustainable investments and a transparent land market.

4 October 2023 | Guest comment

IFI governance

Commentary

A dizzying ride down the cascade of Bank and Fund double-speak in 2023

From the gentleman's agreement and carbon taxes to B-Ready and the Evolution Roadmap Playbook, the BWIs took us for another ride down the cascade of buzzwords in 2023. Join the BWP gourmets in savouring the word salad.

13 December 2023 | Humour

IFI governance

Commentary

BWP's reaction to the resignation of World Bank's President David Malpass

The new World Bank's president should be appointed through a merit-based, transparent process with criteria publicly available and candidates being able to present their platform.

17 February 2023 | Statement

Finance

Commentary

Financial liberalisation, capital controls and development in Africa: The case of Uganda

Financial liberation has had a significant effect on Uganda’s economy opening the door for significant foreign ownership while facilitating the ongoing extraction of wealth.

19 July 2023 | Guest comment

Rights

Commentary

Civil society calls on World Bank and IMF to safeguard civic space and prevent retaliation around Marrakesh Annual Meetings

To prevent repression and retaliation at their Annual Meetings in Marrakesh, World Bank and IMF must work proactively with MENA civil society and Moroccan authorities on safeguarding civic space and upholding free speech.

5 April 2023 | Guest comment

Environment

Commentary

Bridgetown Initiative calls for new Global Climate Mitigation Trust financed via Special Drawing Rights

IMF’s lending instruments fail to provide swift and large-scale funding for climate transition. The Bridgeton Initiative proposes a new trust backed by $500 billion in SDRs for climate and development.

8 December 2022 | Guest comment
Protesters in Washington DC during 2021 IMF and World Bank Annual Meetings. Credit: Phi Pasqualini/ Shutterstock

Finance

Commentary

Quota reform needed at IMF in order to address 21st century challenges

As economic conditions worsen and the Fund's legitimacy comes under increasing pressure, IMF leaders gathering for the Annual Meetings must make progress on ongoing review of IMF quotas and agree a more equitable formula and distribution of voting power.

4 October 2022 | Guest comment

Finance

Commentary

Civil society organizations urge end to IMF surcharges to finance climate action instead

More than 300 organisations and individuals call upon the IMF to urgently address one of the most glaring and easily rectifiable contradictions between its stated support for a just transition and its actions by immediately ending its surcharge policy. 

22 November 2022 | Letters

Accountability

Commentary

The IMF is changing and needs an independent ombudsman

The Fund's expansion of its work into the macro-stability challenges posed by pandemics, climate change, gender discrimination and inequality increases the risks that it may negatively impact communities and individuals.

21 July 2022 | Guest comment

Finance

News

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

Finance

Commentary

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