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G20 press conference analysis Spring Meetings 2024: Concrete actions fail to materialise despite strong Brazilian push

In the absence of a G20 Communiqué or Chair statement, Brazilian minister of finance, head of the central bank and other senior officials took questions at a short press conference, with discussion focused on the impact of continued restrictive US monetary policy on the global debt and development finance and the need for more responsive and better capitalised MDBs.

24 April 2024

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V20 communiqué analysis Spring Meetings 2024: Climate vulnerable countries issue call to action, as net-negative flows result in ‘millions in, billions out’ amid growing debt burdens

V20 members are expected to pay $904.7 billion in debt service between 2022-2030, as debt, lack of financing and low projected growth hampers prospects for green economic transformation.

24 April 2024

IFI governance

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IMFC chair’s statement analysis Spring Meetings 2024: Tinkering at the margins while global crises unfold  

IMFC chair’s relatively sanguine view of the global economy does not reflect the IMF’s own projection that the five-year global economic growth forecast is “at its lowest in decades”.

24 April 2024

IFI governance

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G24 communiqué analysis Spring Meetings 2024: Calls for reform, not protectionism

The Spring 2024 G24 communiqué puts pressure on the BWIs to use their influence where it’s needed, including calls to suspend and review surcharges, offer the biggest ever IDA replenishment, suppot the UN Tax Convention, and avoid protectionist policies.

24 April 2024

IFI governance

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Spring Meetings 2024 Wrap Up: Despite mounting crises, persistent lack of political will to match rhetoric with action remains

Urgent BWIs reforms remain hostage to lack of political will in Global North as the G20 failed to deliver on important issues within a fragmented geopolitical situation.

24 April 2024

IFI governance

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Development Committee chair’s statement analysis Spring Meetings 2024: Bank shareholder division hinders reforms required to address global challenges

Despite the Development Committee advocating for increased international cooperation, persistent geopolitical fragmentation constrains the much-needed reforms essential for addressing 21st-century challenges.

22 April 2024
IMF Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva and World Bank President Ajay Banga at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2024 in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland, 17 January. Credit: World Economic Forum / Benedikt von Loebell

IFI governance

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Spring Meetings 2024 Preamble: Bretton Woods Institutions continue to sleepwalk through crises as 80th anniversary of Bretton Woods Conference approaches

At a time when transformative changes on governance and development financing are required, the World Bank and IMF have instead opted for a slimmed down Spring Meetings schedule.

11 April 2024
Artcover of the Observer Spring 2024, showing cartoons representing the IMF and World Bank shaking hands holding the EU and US flags respectively

IFI governance

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Undemocratic gentleman's agreement will further challenge next IMF managing director

EU countries’ backing of Kristalina Georgieva for a second term as IMF Managing Director will likely set in motion the next steps towards her reappointment, representing another lost opportunity to reform IMF governance.

9 April 2024
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Adequate disclosure, public review, and consultation for environmental and social impacts before World Bank Group financing decisions

Notes from the Civil Society Policy Forum on 19 April 2024 titled, "Adequate disclosure, public review, and consultation for environmental and social impacts before World Bank Group financing decisions".

19 April 2024 | Minutes

IFI governance

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Beyond size in IDA21 replenishment: What about socio-economic transformation?

Notes from Civil Society Policy Forum panel 19 April titled, "Beyond size in IDA21 replenishment: What about soci0-economic transformation?"

19 April 2024 | Minutes

IFI governance

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Making the new Loss and Damage Fund a success – Recommendations by climate vulnerable civil society

Notes from the Civil Society Policy Forum session on 18 April 2024 titled, "Making the new Loss and Damage Fund a success – Recommendations by climate vulnerable civil society"

18 April 2024 | Minutes

IFI governance

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The polycrisis: How unchecked public debt fuels corruption and bad governance

Notes from the Civil Society Policy Forum on 18 April titled "The polycrisis: How unchecked public debt fuels corruption and bad governance."

18 April 2024 | Minutes

IFI governance

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When exits and accountability collide: What happens when IFC exits projects mid-accountability process?

Notes from Civil Society Policy Forum on Thursday, 18 April titled, "When exits & accountability collide: What happens when IFC exits projects mid-accountability process?"

18 April 2024 | Minutes

IFI governance

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Fit for purpose: Reviewing green conditionalities in the IMF RST and World Bank RST

Notes from the Civil Society Policy Forum on 18 April 2024 titled, "Fit for purpose: Reviewing green conditionalities in the IMF RST and World Bank RST."

18 April 2024 | Minutes

IFI governance

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Is a feminist vision on public debt possible?

Notes from the Civil Society Policy Forum on 18 April 2024 titled "Is a feminist vision on public debt possible?"

17 April 2024 | Minutes

IFI governance

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Agriculture, financialization, and gender: Exploring the World Bank’s response to interlinked phenomena

Notes from the Civil Society Policy Forum on 17 April 2024 titled "Agriculture, financialization, and gender: Exploring the World Bank’s response to interlinked phenomena"

17 April 2024 | Minutes
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