Global architecture

Finance

Analysis

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

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

Finance

News

Failure to lend to Venezuela and Iran once again raises questions around IMF’s political neutrality

IMF fails to respond to loan requests from Iran and Venezula as they struggle to respond to increasing Covid-19 cases and deaths.

16 July 2020

IFI governance

Analysis

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

Finance

Analysis

IMFC communiqué analysis - Spring Meetings 2020

Analysis of the IMFC communiqué, issued on 16 April, from the 2020 World Bank and IMF virtual Spring Meetings.

21 April 2020

Finance

Analysis

COVID-19 crisis highlights urgency of reconsidering World Bank's MFD approach

Looming financial crisis has roots in Bank's privatisation, financialisation and deregulation agenda.

7 April 2020

Finance

Analysis

Bretton Woods at 75

BWP publishes essay series reflecting on the legacy of 75 years of IMF and World Bank policies and power.

14 October 2019 | Briefings

Finance

Analysis

Falling growth, rising tensions – IMFC communiqué analysis Spring 2019

Analysis of the IMFC communiqué, issued on 13 April, from the 2019 World Bank-IMF Spring Meetings, Washington DC.

16 April 2019

Finance

Analysis

Pre-meetings background - winds of change: Will Bank & Fund's 'new' approaches help 'the poorest'?

Bretton Woods Dispatch of the 2017 annual meetings in Washington DC pre-meeting analysis of the key issues for the week.

6 October 2017

Finance

News

Sub-Saharan Africa IMFC statement warns against protectionist trends

Sub-Saharan Africa IMFC statement warns against protectionist trends in developed world, and the impacts of capital outflows. The statement calls for tighter financial sector regulation and for third chair for sub-Saharan Africa on the IMF Board.

3 July 2017