Debt

Rights

News

Good cop, bad cop?

There has been significant concern about IMF programmes in Honduras, where the IMF has not made clear whether it will deal with coup leaders who seized power from the elected president, and in Sri Lanka due to concern over allegations that the government is abusing the human rights of hundreds of thousands of Tamils.

22 September 2009

IFI governance

News

Rebranding hides little change for IMF lending

The IMF has launched a rebranding exercise for all of its lending to low-income countries, and while the new facilities will deliver more resources, the money seems destined to come with the usual damaging conditionality attached.

22 September 2009

Conditionality

News

IFIs and Zimbabwe

The allocation of special drawing rights to Zimbabwe have stirred controversy about whether the country should use these to bolster its flagging public finances, while the fragile coalition government struggles with an external debt burden projected by the IMF to hit almost $7 billion by the end of the year.

22 September 2009

Finance

News

Flexibility or seeds of new crisis?

A flurry of papers by the IFIs, UNCTAD and NGOs raise concerns over renewed debt difficulties in poor countries just as the IFI's complete a review of the debt sustainability framework to allow more borrowing.

22 September 2009

IFI governance

News

Bank's $100 billion annual lending plan

The progress report for G20 finance ministers said that World Bank lending was projected to reach $100billion annually by 2011, which compares to current annual overseas development assistance aid from all donors of$120 billion.

22 September 2009

Finance

News

Record World Bank lending

In June, the World Bank announced record levels of lending with much of the funding for infrastructure projects, where the Bank's record has been particularly controversial.

10 July 2009

IFI governance

News

IMF: Bigger but not much nicer

World leaders agreed at the G20 to treble the size of the IMF's resources, but critics worry about strengthening the Fund without fundamental reform of its governance and conditionality.

17 April 2009

Land

News

DFID snuggling up to the Bank?

In February the UK Department for International Development (DFID) belatedly released its latest annual report on its relationship with the World Bank. This continues a tradition which sees these reports appear at irregular intervals. As with previous annual reports there is a marked absence of the critiques heard from the Banks Independent Evaluation Group, the Parliament's International Development Committee or civil society for the period reviewed.

14 April 2009

IFI governance

News

World Bank's planned lending splurge: Do the numbers stack up?

The first signs of a promised dramatic increase in World Bank lending are emerging, but critics continue to attack the Bank’s lending practices, including its controversial use of conditionality.

16 February 2009

Conditionality

Background

Combating tax flight: ending evasion and reducing avoidance

Norway, Germany, IMF, WOrld Bank and experts discuss tackling tax evasion and capital flight.

11 October 2008 | Minutes