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International

structural adjustments

Conditionality

Analysis

IMF and World Bank complicit in ‘austerity as new normal’, despite availability of alternatives

UN organisations build consensus on need to expand fiscal space, as IMF and World Bank continue to push austerity.

12 December 2019

Gender

Analysis

IMF’s recognition of unpaid care work undermined by its own harmful policy advice

New IMF working paper establishes macro-criticality of unpaid care work but remains blind to Fund’s negative policy impacts on women and girls.

12 December 2019 | Guest analysis

IFI governance

Commentary

Reviews of World Bank Group’s accountability mechanisms too important to be done in secret

Civil society deeply concerned about lack of transparency and consultation in ongoing reviews of World Bank's accountability mechanisms.

12 December 2019 | Guest comment
Civil society groups call for the World Bank to stop financing fossil fuels outside its 2019 Annual Meetings in October

Environment

News

EIB rules out most fossil fuel funding from 2021, setting new benchmark for MDBs

New energy policy sees European Investment Bank end support for unabated coal, oil and gas from 2021.

12 December 2019
The IMF's managing director Kristalina Georgieva, among others, at a seminar entitled, 'Can Central Banks Fight Climate Change' during the 2019 IMF Annual Meetings.

Environment

News

IMF joins discussion on greening financial sector, as climate risks threaten macro-stability

Fund and central banks increasingly pondering macroeconomic policies to tackle climate risks.

12 December 2019

Finance

News

New IMF head applauds Trumps tax reforms

IMF managing director hints at change to corporate tax agenda and softened relationship with US administration

12 December 2019

Conditionality

News

Uprising and discontent: Global protests erupt against IMF-backed policies

From Latin America to North Africa and the Middle East, governments experience backlash against IMF loan programmes and policy recommendations.

12 December 2019

Gender

Analysis

Keeping the IMF accountable to women's rights and gender equality at the national level

New IMF gender guidance opportunity for civil society to keep its staff to account.

18 November 2019 | Briefings
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Other news

IFI governance

News

Accountability Counsel launches key tool for accountability community

Accountability Console provides complete database of Independent Accountability Mechanism complaints.

12 December 2019

IFI governance

News

US blocks IMF voting righs redistribution

Fund’s 15th review of quotas delayed as US blocks redistribution of voting rights.

12 December 2019

Accountability

News

IFC accountability mechanism investigates World Bank-funded for-profit schools

CAO initiates investigation following complaint related to IFC-funded Bridge International Academies in Kenya.

12 December 2019

Accountability

News

Civil society urges US Congress to hold IFC accountable before approving capital increase

CSOs express concerns at congressional hearing about pending IFC capital increase.

12 December 2019

Gender

Background

Advancing a feminist approach to women's economic inequality

Notes from the Civil Society Policy Forum panel event on 16 October on women's economic inequality and macroeconomic policy.

15 November 2019 | Minutes

Environment

Background

World Bank Group Paris Alignment: Governance & private sector participation in the energy sector

Notes from a Civil Society Policy Forum event on 16 October.

1 November 2019 | Minutes

Social services

Background

Leveraging Private Sector Engagement in Health: Maximizing or Obstructing Progress towards Universal Health Coverage?

Notes from CSPF on 18 October on the growing trend of directing public finance to support business in healthcare.

1 November 2019 | Minutes

Gender

Background

Cutting to the core: Rethinking the IMF’s way of doing business to tackle gender inequalities

Notes from the Civil Society Policy Forum panel event on 17 October on the IMF’s approach to gender.

28 October 2019 | Minutes
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