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International Monetary Fund (IMF)

WB/IMF roles

Background

What are the main criticisms of the World Bank and the IMF?

The IMF and World Bank continue to be amongst the most relevant and significant powerful norm-setters, convenors, knowledge-holders and influencers of the international development and financial landscape. This Inside the Institutions sets-out some of the most common criticisms of the World Bank and IMF under three broad lenses: democratic governance, human rights and the environment.

4 June 2019 | FAQ

IFI governance

Analysis

Spring Meetings wrap-up 2019: what crisis of multilateralism?

As the world ponders the fate of a beleaguered multilateralism on the 75th anniversary of the Bank and Fund, both fail to act on essential governance reforms and opt to maintain the unjust privilege of the Global North.

16 April 2019

Finance

Analysis

Falling growth, rising tensions – IMFC communiqué analysis Spring 2019

Analysis of the IMFC communiqué, issued on 13 April, from the 2019 World Bank-IMF Spring Meetings, Washington DC.

16 April 2019

IFI governance

Analysis

Development Committee communiqué analysis – Spring 2019

Analysis of the Development Committee communiqué published on 13 April.

16 April 2019

IFI governance

Analysis

G24 communiqué analysis – Spring 2019

Analysis of the IMFC communiqué, issued on 13 April, from the 2019 World Bank-IMF Spring Meetings, Washington DC.

16 April 2019

IFI governance

Analysis

World Bank president selection: 'Gentleman's agreement' alive and well

World Bank's board fails to live up to commitments to open, transparent and merit-based selection process for Bank president.

4 April 2019

Finance

Analysis

Debt and gender equality: How debt-servicing conditions harm women in Africa

As debt crises across the African continent continue to soar, concerns are raised about the gendered impact of debt-servicing conditions imposed by international financial institutions.

4 April 2019 | At Issue

Conditionality

Commentary

Unsustainable? The IMF’s approach to the Sustainable Development Goals

As the IMF publishes new SDG site, meaningful policy realignment remains lacking while business-as-usual continues at IMF.

4 April 2019 | Guest comment
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Other news

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

Finance

News

Pakistan requests 13th IMF loan, amid US-China tensions

As Pakistan requests an IMF loan amid concerns about its debt sustainability, the IMF response is caught up in China-US tensions.

4 April 2019

IFI governance

News

Follow BWP’s World Bank and IMF 2019 Spring Meetings Dispatch

BWP will provide analysis of the ministerial meetings’ communiqués, notes from CSPF seminars and more on BWP’s Dispatch page.

4 April 2019

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

IFI governance

News

IMF quota reforms: The fight for democratic governance continues

Uneven votes shares and global power imbalances shape the IMF voting shares, as it prepares to shake up its voting quotas

6 December 2018
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