International

Finance

News

The rise of bilateral currency swaps - a threat to the IMF?

Without reforming SDRs to boost reserves and stabilise economies, bilateral swaps will further reinforce the existing asymmetries of the international financial system.

13 December 2023

IFI governance

Background

An Evolution Roadmap responsive to development crises? Towards an external evaluation of the World Bank’s cascade

Notes from the Civil Society Policy Forum on 11 October 2023 titled, "An Evolution Roadmap responsive to development crises? Towards an external evaluation of the World Bank’s cascade."

11 November 2023 | Minutes

IFI governance

Commentary

A dizzying ride down the cascade of Bank and Fund double-speak in 2023

From the gentleman's agreement and carbon taxes to B-Ready and the Evolution Roadmap Playbook, the BWIs took us for another ride down the cascade of buzzwords in 2023. Join the BWP gourmets in savouring the word salad.

13 December 2023 | Humour

Finance

News

Significant IDA21 replenishment required as need for concessional finance grows

Rich countries need to agree to an ambitious IDA21 replenishment to address compounding economic and liquidity crises, causing high levels of debt distress in low-income countries.

13 December 2023

Environment

News

IFC trade finance continues to invest in fossil fuels, with no board oversight

New research by Urgewald finds that the World Bank Group invested an estimated $3.7 billion in oil and gas developments in 2022 via trade financing.

13 December 2023

Finance

News

Civil society urges governments to agree on a UN tax body as a high priority

African Group’s proposal for a UN Tax Convention moves forward as CSOs keep pressure on rich countries not to block it.

13 December 2023

Finance

News

New book addresses shortcomings of traditional approaches to debt and economics 

New book details the gendered effects of austerity and argues that the human rights of people living in debt-distressed countries must take precedence over creditors’ financial interests.

13 December 2023

IFI governance

Analysis

Marrakech Annual Meetings Wrap-up 2023: Bretton Woods Institutions wilt in the desert, as ‘pragmatism’ fails to resolve urgent crises

Incremental changes paper over deficiencies of status quo, as civil society calls for the radical change required to meet the moment.

18 October 2023

IFI governance

Analysis

V20 communiqué analysis Annual Meetings 2023: Climate vulnerable countries demand more voice at Bretton Woods Institutions

V20 seeks confirmation of official observer status at the Bretton Woods Institutions by COP28, as IMF quota review fails to give greater voting power to climate vulnerable countries.

18 October 2023

IFI governance

Analysis

G24 communiqué analysis Annual Meetings 2023: Scramble for 'last resort' support to struggling countries

The Annuals 2023 G24 communiqué for reiterates an urgent need for financial support from both the IMF and World Bank for indebted countries, whilst also supporting reform through quotas, a new SDR allocation & surcharge abolishment and review.

18 October 2023

IFI governance

Analysis

G20 communiqué analysis Annual Meetings 2023: Nothing new under the sun

The Group of 20 (G20) communiqué was published on 13 October. It focused on the consequences of the evolving debt situation, reaffirmed support for the much-criticised Common Framework and was silent on debt relief. The section on MDB reform meanwhile stressed ‘bigger’ rather than ‘better’ banks.

18 October 2023

IFI governance

Analysis

Development Committee chair’s statement analysis Annual Meetings 2023: Geopolitical fragmentation limits the ambition for reform

The Development Committee met on 12 October, with the chair issuing a statement, instead of a communiqué, reflecting the views of the majority of shareholders on the measures needed to tackle the development challenges that “have upended decades of hard-won development progress, and the development.”

18 October 2023