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IFI governance

News

IMF poverty focus challenged

In the middle of a review of its lending facilities for low-income countries (LICs) and a funding drive for more concessional resources, the IMF is facing criticism over its conditionality and a review of its debt sustainability framework.

3 July 2012

IFI governance

News

IMF contribution without representation?

While the IMF has been promised another $456 billion to add to its coffers, large emerging markets are conditioning their contributions on governance reforms. Meanwhile, activists are calling for deeper changes in the way international institutions are governed.

3 July 2012

IFI governance

News

IMF surveillance not yet integrated

IMF integrated surveillance decision delayed.

3 July 2012

IFI governance

Commentary

Timely Canadian action on governance reform

The Bretton Woods Project would like to sincerely thank the Honorable James M. Flaherty, Canada's finance minister, for his kind end June response to a letter we sent him about leadership selection at the IFIs.

3 July 2012 | Humour

IFI governance

Background

Revolving doors: staff turnover between IFIs and African governments

The term 'revolving doors' refers to frequent staff turnover between institutions, usually relevant when these represent different interests working on the same policy issues. This serves to foster cross-institutional networks, practices and alliances. The staff turnover between international financial institutions (IFIs) and borrowing governments works as a mechanism through which specific ideas and practices learnt and promoted in IFIs are translated into policies in borrowing countries

3 July 2012 | Inside the institutions

IFI governance

News

Building alternatives BRICS by BRICS

With the future of the World Bank up for grabs in the presidency race and the IMF facing a resource crunch, many developing countries are pursuing alternatives to the Washington-based lenders, with Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa even mooting a joint BRICS Bank.

5 April 2012

IFI governance

News

New World Bank president: what's on the agenda?

An unprecedented competition for the presidency of the World Bank, with two highly experienced developing country candidates nominated in addition to the US candidate, has raised demands for reform of the Bank's approach to middle-income countries, human rights, environmental issues, and the private sector, among others.

5 April 2012

IFI governance

Analysis

Memorandum by the Bretton Woods Project for the UK Treasury Committee

It is widely accepted that global imbalances were a major contributing factor to the recent global financial crisis. In written evidence submitted to the UK Treasury Committee, we argue that there are four main underlying causes and three areas of major reform needed.

27 February 2012 | Briefings

IFI governance

Commentary

Appointment of next World Bank head

Reacting to the announcement that Robert Zoellick is stepping down as World Bank President, a global coalition of campaigners has called for an open and merit-based process to elect the next World Bank leader, and for developing countries to determine the selection.

15 February 2012 | Press release

IFI governance

News

World Bank or US Bank?

Rumours that Robert Zoellick will not seek another term as World Bank president after his term ends in June have thrown open the debate about leadership selection at the Bank.

7 February 2012