IFI Lending

Finance

Analysis

BRICS Bank: New bottle, how’s the wine?

Last year BRICS' leaders agreed to launch a BRICS development bank. Whether this is considered positive depends in part what questions are being asked. Sameer Dossani of ActionAid International highlights the flaws in the World Bank and IMF, analyses whether a BRICS Bank could be different from these institutions and proposes what it should do and what it should look like.

27 February 2014 | At Issue

Social services

Commentary

World Bank funded private schools in Pakistan

Pakistan’s education system has recently received enormous global attention however the increase in World Bank-backed investment in low cost private schools threatens to undermine recent government moves and the campaign to provide all children with free compulsory education.

2 December 2013

Finance

Background

IMF lending facilities to low-income countries

The IMF has reformed lending facilities for low income countries, introducing three credit facilities; the Policy Support Instrument, a non-financing programme will monitor the mechanisms with a review expected in 2015.

27 February 2014 | Inside the institutions

Finance

News

World Bank guarantees policy reform

The World Bank publishes draft of a proposed new operational policy on guarantees.

26 February 2014

Finance

Analysis

The IFIs in 2013: year in review

The Bretton Woods Project review of the most important developments at the World Bank and IMF in 2013.

8 January 2014 | Review

Finance

News

IMF secures funding for LICs

Countries, amounting to 90 per cent of voting rights, have given agreement to transfer their IMF allocations from gold sales to low income countries.

3 December 2013

Finance

News

World Bank trust funds database criticised

A World Bank website purporting to give more transparency on Bank group trust fund datasets has been labelled by a freedom of information website are not reader friendly.

2 December 2013

Finance

News

Romania's new IMF loan conditionality criticised

The IMF has approved Romania's precautionary stand-by agreement, but critics have questioned the pervasiveness of structural conditionality in the IMF's advice.

2 December 2013

IFI governance

Background

Subsidy reform in Arab countries: Reflection on IMF recommendations

New America Foundation civil society event on subsidy reform in Arab countries, held in the civil society forum of the 2013 IMF/World Bank annual meetings

13 October 2013 | Minutes

Finance

Background

Economic impact of IMF programmes in low-income countries: civil society forum

Notes from a civil society forum on economic impact of IMF programmes in low-income countries, 10 October 2013

10 October 2013 | Minutes