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Finance

Analysis

G20 debt proposal continues to favour creditors

New common framework for debt relief announced at G20 Leaders’ Summit maintains prominent role of IMF and fails to include World Bank debt relief.

14 December 2020

IFI governance

Analysis

Gambling with our lives: Global emergencies expose consequences of decades of IMF and World Bank policies

Market-led policy approaches increasingly used to deal with both climate and health emergencies are failing to protect those most vulnerable.

14 December 2020 | At Issue

IFI governance

Analysis

Biden, the Bank and IMF: A break with ‘America first’ or its continued pursuit through multilateral means?

The world awaits to see whether Trump’s defeat will result in the end of the 'America First' approach and a democratisation of the IMF and World Bank and the multilateral system.

10 December 2020

IFI governance

Analysis

Annual Meetings 2020 Wrap Up: Bank and Fund struggle to implement sustainable recovery as private sector dashes hopes of debt relief progress

The rising power of the private sector has undermined debt justice and much-needed pandemic response capacity, while IFIs' calls for sustainable recovery at the Annual Meetings fall flat.

21 October 2020

IFI governance

Analysis

G20 communiqué analysis – Annual Meetings 2020

Analysis of the G20 communiqué published on 14 October from the 2020 World Bank and IMF virtual Annual Meetings.

21 October 2020

IFI governance

Analysis

Annual Meetings 2020 Preamble: IMF and World Bank frontload austerity and privatisation in Covid-19 recovery, while the world calls for more inclusive multilateralism

As the inability of Bank and Fund to adapt their policies in response to the Covid-19 pandemic becomes more evident, hope turns to the UN system and a radical restructure of the global international financial architecture.

12 October 2020

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

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

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

IFI governance

Analysis

G20 communiqué analysis - Spring Meetings 2020

Analysis of the G20 communiqué published on 15 April.

21 April 2020
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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
Civil society groups call for the World Bank to stop financing fossil fuels outside its 2019 Annual Meetings in October

Environment

News

EIB rules out most fossil fuel funding from 2021, setting new benchmark for MDBs

New energy policy sees European Investment Bank end support for unabated coal, oil and gas from 2021.

12 December 2019