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IFI governance

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Quota reform impasse likely as IMF faces legitimacy crisis

Latest Review of Quotas expected to be quashed, as US signals it will block reform.

30 July 2019

Knowledge

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Doing Business 2019: World Bank’s tunnel vision obscures calls for reform

The Doing Business Report 2019 criticised by civil society over its promotion of deregulation and low business tax.

6 December 2018

IFI governance

Analysis

IMFC communiqué analysis - Annual Meetings 2018

Analysis of the IMFC communiqué, issued on 12 October, from the 2018 World Bank and IMF Annual Meetings in Bali, Indonesia.

16 October 2018

IFI governance

Commentary

The IMF and World Bank: Aiding and abetting inequality in Asia

As inequality in Asia continues to deepen, civil society renews calls for IMF and World Bank to be held accountable for exacerbating inequality.

28 September 2018 | Guest comment
Wrong tool. wrong problem.

Knowledge

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Banking on human capital: Beware unspecified returns

As World Bank prepares to launch its Human Capital Index at the upcoming Annual Meetings in Indonesia, long-standing critiques of Human Capital Theory remain.

27 September 2018

Knowledge

Analysis

Chinese growth’s contribution to poverty reduction challenges World Bank and IMF neoliberal policies

CEPR report found that two-thirds of extreme poverty during past 25 years took place in China, which did not follow World Bank and IMF neoliberal policies.

6 December 2017

Finance

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Deepening World Bank and AIIB cooperation: Locking in a failed development model?

Co-financing arrangements and increased World Bank-AIIB cooperation on mega-infrastructure projects represent a dangerous global trend that threatens human rights and locks in a failed development model.

3 July 2017

Social services

Analysis

World Bank undermines right to universal healthcare

The IFC’s push for the PPP model, as well as its preference for healthcare ‘provision’ and the results-based payment approach, collectively undermine the human right to universal healthcare and the achievement of the SDGs.

6 April 2017 | At Issue
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World Bank China project raises 'crimes against humanity' concerns

Bank responds to allegations with investigation into whether its China lending could be going to internment camps.

3 October 2019

Finance

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Pakistan requests 13th IMF loan, amid US-China tensions

As Pakistan requests an IMF loan amid concerns about its debt sustainability, the IMF response is caught up in China-US tensions.

4 April 2019

IFI governance

News

World Bank general capital increase to be formalised in October

World Bank board to formalise contentious general capital increase at October Annual Meetings

27 July 2018

Finance

News

World Bank and AIIB sign joint co-financing agreement

The World Bank has signed a co-financing agreement with the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, while former Bank staff join the new institution.

29 June 2016

IFI governance

Background

Recommended resources on the World Bank and IMF 2015

The best books and papers on the World Bank and IMF from 2015.

10 February 2016 | Resource

Conditionality

Commentary

Bankspeak of the year 2015

Every year the Bretton Woods Project highlights some of the most farcical remarks of Fund and Bank staff.

8 February 2016 | Humour

IFI governance

Background

Governance and impact report 2014

Notes of a meeting on governance and impact report 2014 at the World Bank-IMF annual meetings 2014

8 October 2014

Knowledge

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Who’s poor? New estimates of PPPs led to halving of World Bank’s poverty numbers

A May World Bank-led statistical operation has used a new method to estimate purchasing power parities, allowing it to more than halve the estimated number of people living on below $1.25 per day.

6 August 2014
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