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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


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


IMF and World Bank at 70: many happy returns?

As the IMF and World Bank mark their 70th anniversary their leadership is being challenged as rival institutions have emerged, but reports of their demise appear premature.

29 September 2014

Social services


Rehash of failed policies for Arab states?

As revolutionary movements sweep the Arab world, the World Bank and the IMF have taken a lead in international economic engagement in the Middle East and North Africa region. But critics have warned of the dangers of locking transitional governments into long-term loans with economic conditionalities that may perpetuate the flawed development model that contributed to the crisis in the first place.

13 June 2011

IFI governance


World Bank-IMF annual meetings 2007

At this year's annual meetings, both the World Bank and the IMF faced serious challenges to their continued relevance and legitimacy. Observers were keen to see the tone that new heads Robert Zoellick and Dominique Strauss-Kahn would set for the institutions.

22 October 2007