International

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

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

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

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
Ecosistemas advocates protest against Alto Maipo project before IFC building.

Accountability

Commentary

Alto Maipo: Harms endure due to MDBs' lack of proper due diligence

World Bank and Inter-American Development Bank's reactive independent accountability mechanisms cannot address harms caused by lack of proper due diligence in Alto Maipo.

9 December 2021 | Guest comment

IFI governance

News

Independent Evaluation Office downplays IMF’s promotion of austerity whilst civil society warns of further cuts

Concerns over excessive austerity waved away, despite IEO admission that protection of low-income and vulnerable groups had fallen short.

9 December 2021
Until debt tear us apart message on a wall in the LX factory area of Lisbon, Portugal.

Finance

News

Debt crisis: What next as IMF and G20 initiatives set to expire?

G20 Common Framework left as the only multilateral mechanism for debt suspension, while private sector still refuses to engage.

9 December 2021

Social services

News

Global Day of Action against the IMF and World Bank rejects corporate recovery agenda

Civil society day of action rejects corporate agenda and greenwashing in World Bank and IMF Covid-19 recovery.

9 December 2021

Environment

News

World Bank accused of being ‘ongoing underperformer’ at COP26, as key Bank shareholders commit to fossil-fuel finance phaseout

UN official and civil society criticise World Bank and other MDBs for lack of ambition at COP26.

9 December 2021