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International Monetary Fund (IMF)

Conditionality

Analysis

Structural adjustment is dead, long live structural adjustment

As Fund publishes its first comprehensive review of conditionality since the financial crisis, questions arise about the Fund's capacity to create economic stability and the rise of structural conditions.

30 July 2019

Environment

Analysis

Confronted with climate emergency, IMF belatedly attempts to "get real"

Fund turns its attention to carbon pricing to support Paris Agreement alignment, as climate vulnerable countries see rising cost of climate impacts.

30 July 2019
Illustration Observer Summer 2019

IFI governance

Analysis

Here we go again: Surprise IMF leadership change litmus test for its legitimacy

Lagarde resignation kicks-off another leadership race overshadowed by gentleman’s agreement.

30 July 2019

Finance

Analysis

The Bretton Woods Institutions and the second crisis of multilateralism

At 75, the World Bank and IMF face a crisis of multilateralism in no small part of their own making as failed economic policies have resulted in skepticism of the international order they helped to create.

30 July 2019 | At Issue
Flags of member nations flying at United Nations Headquarters

Conditionality

Analysis

IMF framework on social spending out of step with international standards

Fund publishes social spending strategy, civil society deems outcome too little too late.

30 July 2019 | Guest analysis

IFI governance

News

Quota reform impasse likely as IMF faces legitimacy crisis

Latest Review of Quotas expected to be quashed, as US signals it will block reform.

30 July 2019

IFI governance

News

Follow IMFBoss.com

BWP relaunches IMFBoss.com opening a space for civil society, researchers, academics, officials, insiders and anonymous contributors to share and exchange their ideas and criticisms about the IMF's leadership process, and is now open to new contributions and content.

29 July 2019

IFI governance

Background

What is the ‘gentleman’s agreement’?

Leadership of the IMF and World Bank has been guided by a historical 'gentleman's agreement' between Europe and the United States. What does this agreement entail? And how could it be reformed?

23 July 2019 | FAQ
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IFI governance

News

New IMF surveillance tool launched

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

30 July 2019

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

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

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

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

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
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