Conditionality impacts

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
CEDAW Committee member Hiroko Akizuki discusses impacts of IMF conditionality on women in Pakistan at the 75th session of the CEDAW Committee.

Gender

News

UN holds Pakistan to account for IMF programme impacts on women

Concerns raised about IMF conditions pushing women back into poverty and informal work.

7 April 2020

Conditionality

News

Uprising and discontent: Global protests erupt against IMF-backed policies

From Latin America to North Africa and the Middle East, governments experience backlash against IMF loan programmes and policy recommendations.

12 December 2019

Conditionality

Analysis

IMF Ecuador agreement undermines workers’ rights

IMF programme raises questions over unconstitutional attack on workers' rights.

3 October 2019

Conditionality

Analysis

Structural adjustment is dead, long live structural adjustment

As Fund publishes its first comprehensive review of conditionality since the financial crisis, questions arise about the Fund's capacity to create economic stability and the rise of structural conditions.

30 July 2019

Conditionality

News

Civil unrest in Zimbabwe amid IMF Staff Monitored Programme

Fears of further clampdown on protesters emerge as Zimbabwe implements Fund-backed economic reforms.

3 October 2019

Conditionality

Analysis

IMF framework on social spending out of step with international standards

Fund publishes social spending strategy, civil society deems outcome too little too late.

30 July 2019 | Guest analysis

Conditionality

Background

Austerity and the right to health - the IMF’s role in expanding fiscal space for public spending

Notes from the Civil Society Policy Forum session on 10 April on the incoherence between IMF-backed austerity policies, via loan conditionality and policy advice, and the realization of the right to health.

16 April 2019 | Minutes

Conditionality

Commentary

Strikes overturn wage cuts, but IMF blindness risks ruining  Tunisia

General Secretary of Tunisia's largest trade union calls for an overhaul of the IMF's approach to bring about socially just expansionary policies, after strikes overturn IMF-backed wage bill

4 April 2019 | Guest comment