International

Finance

News

Civil society campaign urges IMF to stop using punitive surcharges

Over 250 civil society experts urge the IMF to eliminate its punitive surcharges on countries in debt distress as they undermine an equitable economic recovery and exacerbate the global debt crisis.

6 April 2022

Gender

Background

The Bretton Woods Project welcomes new gender project staff

BWP is pleased to welcome Friederike Strub as our Gender Equality and Macroeconomics Lead and Amy McShane as Gender Project Officer.

6 April 2022 | Project news

Gender

Commentary

Civil society statement regarding IMF's upcoming first-ever gender strategy

Civil society joint statement formulates a set of key policy asks grounded in a commitment to critically assess the gendered impact of the Fund’s conventional fiscal, monetary, and labour market policy advice.

18 March 2022 | Letters

Private Sector

Commentary

Submission to the World Bank Consultation for the Business Enabling Environment (BEE) Project

A coalition of CSOs have delivered a submission to the World Bank raising the BEE is just a rebranding exercise that does not address longstanding issues in the Bank's engagement in private sector advice.

16 March 2022 | Statement

Finance

Analysis

Our World in 2021

While the Bank stressed the need for a recovery based on Green, Resilient and Inclusive Development and the IMF highlighted its concerns about the divergent paths of the global recovery in 2021, both continued to support largely unreformed policies.

2 March 2022 | Annual report (BWP)

Knowledge

Background

Recommended resources on the World Bank and IMF 2021

Bretton Woods Project publishes its selection of the best books, reports and other resources on the World Bank and IMF from 2021.

2 February 2022 | Resource

Gender

News

Civil society letter to the IMF Board to call for open consultation on upcoming Gender Strategy

CSOs send an open letter to the Executive Directors of the International Monetary Fund calling for an open and robust public consultation on the IMF’s forthcoming Gender Strategy.

24 January 2022 | Letters

Rights

News

Open letter UN Human Rights Council and UN Special Rapporteur on Disability Rights, Gerard Quinn

Letter from World Bank Disabled Support Group to UN Human Rights Council and UN Special Rapporteur on Disability Rights

9 December 2021 | Letters

Accountability

Background

Financialisation and Human Rights Lead (closed)

The Bretton Woods Project is looking for a Project Manager to head up our new Human Rights and Financialisation (HRF) project.

24 January 2022 | Project news

Knowledge

Analysis

Death of Doing Business Report greatly exaggerated as World Bank announces rebranding plans

World Bank announces relaunch of Doing Business Report in approximately two years.

9 December 2021

Finance

Analysis

Debt crisis prevention: We need to talk about capital controls

IMF's position on capital controls must be revised to recognise that they are an essential and permanent macroeconomic tool necessary to increase countries' policy autonomy and enable them to act counter-cyclically and to prevent future debt crises.

9 December 2021 | At Issue

Environment

Analysis

Lack of public finance and debt relief at COP26 undermines countries' climate goals

Climate-for-debt swaps mechanism proposed by IMF fails to materialise, while rich countries' climate finance commitments remain unmet.

9 December 2021