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International Monetary Fund (IMF)

Finance

Analysis

Debt crisis prevention: We need to talk about capital controls

IMF's position on capital controls must be revised to recognise that they are an essential and permanent macroeconomic tool necessary to increase countries' policy autonomy and enable them to act counter-cyclically and to prevent future debt crises.

9 December 2021 | At Issue

Environment

Analysis

Lack of public finance and debt relief at COP26 undermines countries' climate goals

Climate-for-debt swaps mechanism proposed by IMF fails to materialise, while rich countries' climate finance commitments remain unmet.

9 December 2021

Gender

Analysis

New IMF-Pakistan agreement likely to have adverse impact on women

IMF and Pakistan have reached agreement for a further loan disbursement, with Pakistan agreeing to significant cuts.

9 December 2021 | Guest analysis

IFI governance

News

Independent Evaluation Office downplays IMF’s promotion of austerity whilst civil society warns of further cuts

Concerns over excessive austerity waved away, despite IEO admission that protection of low-income and vulnerable groups had fallen short.

9 December 2021

Finance

News

IMF’s punishing surcharges strain Covid-19 response and recovery efforts

Civil society and economists unite in calls for IMF to abolish unethical and harmful surcharges on member countries that undermine financial stability and Covid-19 recovery.

9 December 2021
Until debt tear us apart message on a wall in the LX factory area of Lisbon, Portugal.

Finance

News

Debt crisis: What next as IMF and G20 initiatives set to expire?

G20 Common Framework left as the only multilateral mechanism for debt suspension, while private sector still refuses to engage.

9 December 2021

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

Environment

Analysis

IMF surveillance and climate change transition risks

New briefing by ActionAid USA and the Bretton Woods Project highlights research showing that IMF policy advice has undermined a just energy transition since the Paris Agreement was signed.

8 November 2021 | Briefings
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Other news

Social services

News

Global Day of Action against the IMF and World Bank rejects corporate recovery agenda

Civil society day of action rejects corporate agenda and greenwashing in World Bank and IMF Covid-19 recovery.

9 December 2021

Finance

News

IMF takes steps to control cryptocurrency policies

Fund warns cryptocurrencies are a threat to global financial stability as El Salvador makes Bitcoin legal tender.

9 December 2021

Finance

News

Tensions escalate between Argentina and the IMF ahead of crucial loan repayment deadline

Controversial loan from IMF could force country into severe spending cuts.

9 December 2021

Conditionality

News

Will IMF policy advice align with new UNESCO Declaration on education finance?

IMF advice makes it challenging for countries to achieve education finance goals agreed at UN declaration.

9 December 2021

IFI governance

Background

IMF surcharges: A necessary tool or counter-productive obstacle to a just and green recovery?

Notes from the Civil Society Policy Forum session on 6 October on the governance and resourcing implications of IMF's surcharges.

6 October 2021 | Minutes

IFI governance

Background

Making the Most of Special Drawing Rights: Approaches to maximise impact and create a sustainable and just recovery

Notes from the Civil Society Policy Forum session on 4 October on the ways to maximise the impacts of the recent allocation of $650 billion Special Drawing Rights.

4 October 2021 | Minutes

IFI governance

Background

Covid-19 recovery: from government response to private sector-led sustainable growth

Notes from the Civil Society Policy Forum session on 29 September on fiscal measures to promote sustainable growth during the longer-term recovery phase.

29 September 2021 | Minutes

Finance

News

IMF increases limits of its concessional lending facility, leading to warnings from debt activists

Concessional lending from the IMF reaches record levels with the new reforms set to increase lending further.

21 September 2021
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