Leadership

IFI governance

Analysis

Tout change et rien change pas: Global power and IMF leadership

The present IMF leadership 'contest' makes a mockery of the institution's multilateral character and further diminishes its legitimacy.

3 October 2019 | Guest comment
Illustration Observer Summer 2019

IFI governance

Analysis

Here we go again: Surprise IMF leadership change litmus test for its legitimacy

Lagarde resignation kicks-off another leadership race overshadowed by gentleman’s agreement.

30 July 2019

IFI governance

Analysis

The Bretton Woods Institutions and the second crisis of multilateralism

At 75, the World Bank and IMF face a crisis of multilateralism in no small part of their own making as failed economic policies have resulted in skepticism of the international order they helped to create.

30 July 2019 | At Issue

IFI governance

Analysis

World Bank president selection: 'Gentleman's agreement' alive and well

World Bank's board fails to live up to commitments to open, transparent and merit-based selection process for Bank president.

4 April 2019

IFI governance

Background

What is the ‘gentleman’s agreement’?

Leadership of the IMF and World Bank has been guided by a historical 'gentleman's agreement' between Europe and the United States. What does this agreement entail? And how could it be reformed?

23 July 2019 | FAQ

IFI governance

News

World Bank appoints Independent Evaluation Group Director and Inspection Panel member

World Bank appoints Alison Evans as new IEG Director General and Ramanie Kunanayagam as Inspection Panel member

4 April 2019

IFI governance

Commentary

Bank and Fun(d) speak of the year: 12 days of Christmas – an ode to the World Bank & IMF’s 2018

At the end of every year, the Bretton Woods Project highlights some of the most farcical remarks of Fund and World Bank staff. This time, it’s set to music.

6 December 2018 | Humour

IFI governance

News

IMF appoints Gita Gopinath as its first female chief economist

IMF's new chief economist views on exchange rates considered unorthodox

6 December 2018

IFI governance

News

World Bank announces two new appointments

Pinelopi Goldberg joins as the Bank’s chief economist and Imrana Jalal as the new chairperson of the Inspection Panel

24 July 2018

IFI governance

News

World Bank appoints Georgieva as CEO of IBRD and IDA

In October, World Bank President Jim Yong Kim announced the appointment of Kristalina Georgieva as chief executive officer of IBRD and IDA.

3 July 2017