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IFI governance

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Bank and Fun(d) speak of the year: 12 days of Christmas – an ode to the World Bank & IMF’s 2018

At the end of every year, the Bretton Woods Project highlights some of the most farcical remarks of Fund and World Bank staff. This time, it’s set to music.

6 December 2018 | Humour

IFI governance

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Bankspeak of the year 2013

The Bretton Woods Project awards the most comical use of words by members of staff at the World Bank and IMF in 2013.

23 January 2014 | Humour

IFI governance

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Bank and Fun(d)speak of the year 2017

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

7 December 2017 | Humour

IFI governance

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Bankspeak of the year 2016

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

31 January 2017 | Humour

Environment

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Bankspeak of the year 2012

Every year the Bretton Woods Project celebrates the best specimens of incomprehensible jargon and ridiculous rhetoric issued by World Bank and IMF staff and financial commentators in the cause of IFI business.

12 February 2013 | Humour

Environment

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Bankspeak of the year 2010

Annual Bretton Woods Project award for the most incomprehensible or absurd use of language in a Bank or Fund document or speech.

17 February 2011 | Humour

IFI governance

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Bankspeak of the year 2009

Annual Bretton Woods Project award for the most incomprehensible or absurd use of language in a Bank or Fund document or speech.

15 February 2010 | Humour

IFI governance

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Bankspeak of the year 2008

Annual Bretton Woods Project award for the most incomprehensible or absurd use of language in a Bank or Fund document or speech.

16 February 2009 | Humour
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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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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

Environment

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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

IFI governance

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Timely Canadian action on governance reform

The Bretton Woods Project would like to sincerely thank the Honorable James M. Flaherty, Canada's finance minister, for his kind end June response to a letter we sent him about leadership selection at the IFIs.

3 July 2012 | Humour

Commentary

Goodbye to Bank Swirled

With no less than seven references to a certain Colombian singer, the final edition of the annual spoof newsletter Bank Swirled, produced by anonymous Bank staff (we hope in their spare time), has been published.

17 June 2010 | Humour

Social services

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Shakira gets the wrong man?

Colombian pop sensation ‘she wolf’ Shakira ended up in a February press conference with a World Bank president, Robert Zoellick, to launch her charity’s joint initative with the Bank on early childhood development in Latin America.

17 June 2010 | Humour

WB/IMF roles

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Save the world in 10 easy steps!

The World Bank's online game 'EVOKE' gives aspiring alchemists aged 13 and up the tools to build "creative solutions to our most urgent social problems."

12 April 2010 | Humour
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