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International Monetary Fund (IMF)

Finance

Analysis

World Bank’s rating obsession will negate debt justice

The international financial system’s reliance upon credit ratings – usually based on dubious premises – needs urgent rethinking.

12 August 2020 | At Issue

Finance

Analysis

The IMF and World Bank-led Covid-19 recovery: ‘Building back better’ or locking in broken policies?

Early evidence suggests IMF programmes are maintaining long-term fiscal consolidation targets, while World Bank further continues Maximizing Finance for Development narrative amidst Covid-19 crisis.

16 July 2020

Conditionality

Analysis

The IMF’s role in the devastating impacts of Covid-19 – the case of Ecuador

IMF-backed austerity measures starved health sector prior to pandemic, yet Fund continues to prescribe devastating long-term fiscal consolidation.

16 July 2020 | Guest analysis

IFI governance

Analysis

Spring Meetings 2020 wrap-up: Will this change everything? Apparently not…

Analysis of this year's World Bank and IMF Spring Meetings: With international response to Covid-19 mired in geopolitical manoeuverings and resistance to systemic change, calls for alternatives grow.

21 April 2020

IFI governance

Analysis

Fears of shrinking civil society space as World Bank Staff Association calls for axing of Spring Meetings

World Bank Staff Association's call for permanent cancellation of Spring Meetings and its CSPF raises long-standing concerns about the need for improved civil society engagement by the Bank and Fund.

21 April 2020

IFI governance

Analysis

Development Committee communiqué analysis - Spring Meetings 2020

Analysis of the Development Committee communiqué published on 17 April.

21 April 2020

IFI governance

Analysis

G20 communiqué analysis - Spring Meetings 2020

Analysis of the G20 communiqué published on 15 April.

21 April 2020

Finance

Analysis

IMFC communiqué analysis - Spring Meetings 2020

Analysis of the IMFC communiqué, issued on 16 April, from the 2020 World Bank and IMF virtual Spring Meetings.

21 April 2020
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Other news

Finance

News

Argentina increases offer to bondholders after IMF claims “room for improvement”

Private creditors provided with IMF backing in Argentina negotiations as country enters into default.

16 July 2020

Finance

News

Failure to lend to Venezuela and Iran once again raises questions around IMF’s political neutrality

IMF fails to respond to loan requests from Iran and Venezula as they struggle to respond to increasing Covid-19 cases and deaths.

16 July 2020

Land

News

IMF and World Bank help push through contentious Ukraine land reform amid Covid-19 pandemic

Bank and Fund-backed land bill passed in dead of night during lockdown favouring private investors and Western agribusiness.

16 July 2020

Finance

News

IMF watchdog releases Covid-19 tracker

Database launched on Covid-19-related IMF spending to help civil society keep track of lending programmes.

16 July 2020

Rights

News

Civil society launches framework to assess human rights impact of health privatisation

CSO framework evaluates consequences of private sector activity on right to health.

7 April 2020

Finance

News

World Bank pandemic bond instrument fails in COVID-19 response

World Bank's ‘innovative’ health financing instrument proved to be slow and late.

7 April 2020

IFI governance

News

US blocks IMF voting rights 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
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