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International Monetary Fund (IMF)

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Knowledge

Background

Recommended resources on the World Bank and IMF 2019

The Bretton Woods Project's selection of the best books, reports and other resources on the World Bank and IMF from 2019.

22 January 2020 | Resource
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Conditionality

Analysis

IMF and World Bank complicit in ‘austerity as new normal’, despite availability of alternatives

UN organisations build consensus on need to expand fiscal space, as IMF and World Bank continue to push austerity.

12 December 2019

Gender

Analysis

IMF’s recognition of unpaid care work undermined by its own harmful policy advice

New IMF working paper establishes macro-criticality of unpaid care work but remains blind to Fund’s negative policy impacts on women and girls.

12 December 2019 | Guest analysis
The IMF's managing director Kristalina Georgieva, among others, at a seminar entitled, 'Can Central Banks Fight Climate Change' during the 2019 IMF Annual Meetings.

Environment

News

IMF joins discussion on greening financial sector, as climate risks threaten macro-stability

Fund and central banks increasingly pondering macroeconomic policies to tackle climate risks.

12 December 2019

Finance

News

New IMF head applauds Trumps tax reforms

IMF managing director hints at change to corporate tax agenda and softened relationship with US administration

12 December 2019

Conditionality

News

Uprising and discontent: Global protests erupt against IMF-backed policies

From Latin America to North Africa and the Middle East, governments experience backlash against IMF loan programmes and policy recommendations.

12 December 2019

Gender

Analysis

Keeping the IMF accountable to women's rights and gender equality at the national level

New IMF gender guidance opportunity for civil society to keep its staff to account.

18 November 2019 | Briefings

IFI governance

Analysis

Annual Meetings wrap-up: Bretton Woods Institutions continue sleepwalking, as economic uncertainty and social tensions intensify

Seventy-five years after their founding, the World Bank and IMF held their Annual Meetings amidst heightened fears of another global financial crisis.

29 October 2019
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Other news

IFI governance

News

US blocks IMF voting righs redistribution

Fund’s 15th review of quotas delayed as US blocks redistribution of voting rights.

12 December 2019

Land

News

World Bank, IMF and EBRD push for controversial land reform in Ukraine

Ukraine passes contentious draft land reform law under pressure from World Bank, IMF and EBRD.

12 December 2019

Gender

Background

Advancing a feminist approach to women's economic inequality

Notes from the Civil Society Policy Forum panel event on 16 October on women's economic inequality and macroeconomic policy.

15 November 2019 | Minutes

Gender

Background

Cutting to the core: Rethinking the IMF’s way of doing business to tackle gender inequalities

Notes from the Civil Society Policy Forum panel event on 17 October on the IMF’s approach to gender.

28 October 2019 | Minutes

Environment

Background

The IMF & climate change: Can the Fund help countries avoid a ‘climate Minsky moment’?

Notes from the Civil Society Policy Forum event on 18 October on the role of the IMF in tackling climate risk.

28 October 2019 | Minutes

IFI governance

News

New IMF surveillance tool launched

Bretton Woods Project publishes new online tool to search IMF Article IV reports. 

30 July 2019

Conditionality

News

Civil unrest in Zimbabwe amid IMF Staff Monitored Programme

Fears of further clampdown on protesters emerge as Zimbabwe implements Fund-backed economic reforms.

3 October 2019

Finance

News

IMF and World Bank complicit in “climate debt trap” following Mozambique cyclones

International community fails to deliver on 'Loss & Damage' while poorest countries become further indebted.

30 July 2019
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