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Conditionality

Analysis

The political cost of IMF programmes

As Jordan is engulfed in social unrest and political upheaval, questions are raised around the relationship between IMF conditionality and trends in instability.

27 July 2018
A shanty town in Jakarta

Finance

Analysis

The World Bank and the globalisation of housing finance

In prioritising capital market expansion, the needs of the lowest income groups are not being effectively addressed through World Bank interventions.

25 July 2018 | At Issue
Christine Lagarde

Conditionality

Analysis

The IMF's approach to social protection and the crisis of multilateralism

UN Special Rapporteur publishes report on IMF and social protection, calls on Fund to practice what it preaches.

24 July 2018 | Guest analysis
The City at the Crossroads of History mural.

Knowledge

Analysis

Pro-business agenda drives World Bank’s report on the future of work

As the World Bank publishes a report calling for labour market deregulation, global trade unions fight back.

23 July 2018 | Guest analysis
Construction workers at work, Tianjin, China

Social services

News

Privatised profits, socialised losses: European reports call World Bank’s PPP push into question

Reports expose the scale of damage caused by PPPs, adding weight to broader concerns around the Bank’s aggressive promotion of them.

23 July 2018
Peacekeepers patrol Haiti during elections.

Accountability

News

IEO fragility report: IMF less concerned with “making a real difference on the ground”

IEO produces fragility evaluation on IMF and finds major staff incentive issues and other concerns, questioning Fund's credibility of its commitments in this area.

23 July 2018
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IFI governance

Analysis

IEG findings cast doubt on Bank's ability to deliver on general capital increase

New IEG report raises questions about the Bank’s ability to use findings from evaluations to inform its operations.

22 July 2018

IFI governance

Analysis

Spring Meetings 2018 wrap-up: Bigger and better you say?!

Analysis and look-back of this year's World Bank and IMF Spring Meetings; CSOs remain unconvinced of Bank's capital increase while Fund deals with looming debt crisis.

24 April 2018
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Other news

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

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

Rights

News

World Bank releases revised ESF Guidance Notes for Borrowers

Despite improvements, notes still contain gaps in key areas including human rights and climate action

24 July 2018

Environment

News

World Bank remains GCF interim trustee amid questions over long-term status

GCF’s permanent trustee will chosen through open bidding process with final decision expected to be taken in October

4 April 2018

Conditionality

Background

Miriam Brett joins BWP as International Development Finance Project Manager

Miriam Brett will manage BWP's work on areas relating to international development finance, with a focus on macroeconomic scrutiny of the IMF

28 March 2018

Rights

News

CSOs continue to push for review of Bank’s ESF guidance notes

World Bank ESF draft Guidance Notes for Borrowers continue to concern civil society

27 March 2018

Conditionality

News

New IMF conditionality database launched

Team of UK academics launch new, freely available IMF conditionality database.

7 December 2017

Rights

News

CSOs express concern about IMF’s “strongly divergent” social protection approach

Global Coalition for Social Protection Floors submits letter to the IMF expressing concerns about impacts of Fund's policies on social protection.

6 December 2017
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