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IMF Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva and World Bank President Ajay Banga at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2024 in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland, 17 January. Credit: World Economic Forum / Benedikt von Loebell

IFI governance

Analysis

Spring Meetings 2024 Preamble: Bretton Woods Institutions continue to sleepwalk through crises as 80th anniversary of Bretton Woods Conference approaches

At a time when transformative changes on governance and development financing are required, the World Bank and IMF have instead opted for a slimmed down Spring Meetings schedule.

11 April 2024

Finance

Analysis

Decolonising the global economic architecture: The prerequisite for a just transition

Global South faces severe structural deficiencies that weaken its economic sovereignty and put it at the mercy of a neo-colonial global financial architecture.

13 December 2023

IFI governance

Analysis

V20 communiqué analysis Annual Meetings 2023: Climate vulnerable countries demand more voice at Bretton Woods Institutions

V20 seeks confirmation of official observer status at the Bretton Woods Institutions by COP28, as IMF quota review fails to give greater voting power to climate vulnerable countries.

18 October 2023

Environment

News

World Bank’s reliance on private capital to finance green transition in low- and middle-income countries risks falling flat

Despite lofty rhetoric, Bank’s attempts to use scarce concessional finance to build investable project pipelines to secure power sector decarbonisation faces significant hurdles.

4 October 2023

Environment

Background

Job opening: Bretton Woods Project seeks Environment Project Officer (closed)

BWP is now accepting applications for the new role of Environment Project Officer, which will support the Project's advocacy and research on the Bretton Woods Institutions' climate-related policies.

11 August 2023 | Recruitment
Cartoon representing the World Bank choosing the path towards an unsustainable future

IFI governance

Analysis

Civil society calls for World Bank to reroute ‘Evolution Roadmap’ away from Cascade

Civil society questions the proposed expansion of the Cascade approach, which has failed to deliver the ‘trillions’ promised.

19 July 2023

Environment

News

As World Bank launches Paris alignment approach, unclear guidelines raise greenwashing concerns

Bank’s approach relies on countries' national climate plans, which are not currently collectively aligned with 1.5°C temperature goal.

19 July 2023

IFI governance

Analysis

Development Committee chair’s statement analysis Spring Meetings 2023: Division among Bank’s shareholders leaves ‘evolution roadmap’ at a cross-roads

Lack of consensus over Ukraine conflict meant Development Committee once again failed to agree a communiqué, with split also emerging over sources of funding for Bank’s expanded mission.

19 April 2023
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Finance

News

A different ‘evolution roadmap’: Havana conference calls for changes in world order hierarchy

As IMF and World Bank tinker at margins, 50 policymakers, diplomats and academics from over 26 countries issue Havana Declaration calling for an assertion of Southern power and the building of a new "planetary bloc".

5 April 2023

Infrastructure

News

New US treasury guidance introduces limits for US support for fossil fuels at World Bank

Civil society voices concern about continued support for fossil gas under the policy.

22 September 2021

IFI governance

Background

Greening whole economies? Unpacking World Bank plans for Paris alignment by July 2023

Notes from a Civil Society Policy Forum event on 14 October titled "Greening whole economies? Unpacking World Bank plans for Paris alignment by July 2023."

14 October 2022 | Minutes

IFI governance

Background

The World Bank’s Development Policy Financing: implications for a just, green and feminist recovery

Notes from the Civil Society Policy Forum session on 29 September on the implications and shortcomings of how Development Policy Financing nudges countries towards policy reforms.

19 October 2021 | Minutes

Social services

Background

World Bank Group’s ‘Maximizing Finance for Development’ in times of Covid-19

Notes from the virtual Civil Society Policy Forum at the 2020 World Bank and IMF Annual Meetings 5 October session on the World Bank's 'Maximizing Finance for Development' and the Covid-19 response.

5 October 2020 | Minutes

Finance

Background

Covid-19 and debt: Going beyond debt suspension towards a systemic response to debt crises

Notes from the virtual Civil Society Policy Forum 28 September Session at the IMF and World Bank 2020 Annual Meetings on Covid-19 and debt.

28 September 2020 | Minutes

Accountability

News

Civil society urges US Congress to hold IFC accountable before approving capital increase

CSOs express concerns at congressional hearing about pending IFC capital increase.

12 December 2019

Accountability

News

IFC capital increase not a priority for US Congress

US Congress yet to approve World Bank’s proposed capital increase agreed in 2018.

30 July 2019
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