UN Secretary General's New Agenda for Peace calls for urgent financial architecture and policy reform

UN Secretary General’s New Agenda for Peace report identifies growing threats to global peace and stability, and proposes urgent reforms to the unjust economic system. World Bank and IMF resist policy and governance reform.

13 December 2023



A new Bretton Woods for whom? Civil society calls for democratisation of global governance

As geopolitical tensions rise amidst worsening global economic conditions, civil society demands the democratisation of a world economic order away from the established Global North and elite capitalist hegemony.

21 July 2022



What is the World Bank’s International Center for the Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID)?

New Inside the Institutions looks at the World Bank’s International Center for the Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), the main forum for Investor-to-State Dispute Settlements.

18 July 2022 | Inside the institutions

IFI governance


Country positions for the London Summit

On April 2 several industrialised and emerging market economies will meet at the London summit. Slowly, the policy positions of participating countries are emerging and give an overview of what might be the outcomes of the meeting. This paper gives an overview of official standpoints of participating countries ahead of the summit on a variety of topics and, taking that into considerations, provides an overview of what is likely to be agreed on in the end.

1 April 2009 | Briefings

Private Sector


How IMF and World Bank support for financialisation undermines human rights

IMF and World Bank policies and programmes work in tandem to expand and deepen financialisation, exacerbating the inequality crisis and harming human rights, financial stability and democratic governance

6 April 2022 | At Issue

IFI governance


Spring Meetings 2021 wrap up: Socialism for those who can afford it, neoliberalism for the rest

As the world struggles with divergent recovery paths from the pandemic, the IMF and World Bank once again failed to take the decisive action required during the Spring Meetings.

13 April 2021

Social services


World Bank support for Covid-19 vaccination fails to ensure equitable access

World Bank’s Covid-19 vaccination programme contributes to global response but fails to ensure free access to vaccines and healthcare during the pandemic.

23 March 2021

IFI governance


Beyond the London Summit

In this paper we assess the outcomes of the London Summit and the UK government's progress towards the 12 recommendations set out by the Put People First platform in March 2009. The G20 London Summit on 2 April 2009 issued "a global plan for recovery and reform". G20 leaders have not yet gone far enough on the fundamental changes the world needs. The communique appears to have made progress on some critical issues but there were also missed opportunities, especially on building a green economy,

13 June 2009 | Paper

IFI governance


Put People First

The global financial and economic system is in crisis. Existing economic policies and institutions have overseen an economic system scarred by high levels of poverty and inequality, which is contributing to an environmental catastrophe. This paper is the result of an unprecedented collaboration between a wide spectrum of civil society organisations in the UK with millions of members from across the nation. We call on the UK government to show its commitment to putting people first by signal

13 March 2009 | Paper



After cannibalised globalisation

Eduardo Gudynas argues that the financial crisis reveals a profound crisis of the multilateral governing system.

16 February 2009 | Guest comment

IFI governance


Bretton Woods 2: What should be on the agenda?

What roles should twenty first century international financial institutions (IFIs) play, and how should they be structured? This paper sets out some of the key issues that would need to be resolved at a second UN monetary and financial conference - a 'Bretton Woods 2' - and discusses the road ahead.

13 February 2009 | At Issue



UK seminar: A coherent civil society response to the financial crisis

On 28 October, more than 40 representatives of NGOs, development organisations, labour unions, think tanks, academia and the media came together in London to discuss how to take forward demands for a fundamental redesign of the international financial system. The main themes for the day were about creating a system that works to improve people's live, reduce poverty, and protect the environment.

30 October 2008