International

IFI governance

News

Civil society demands the end of the ‘gentleman’s agreement’ and calls for merit-based, open and transparent World Bank presidential selection process

Via e-mail To: World Bank executive directors Cc: World Bank President, David Malpass; Managing Director…

29 March 2023 | Letters

IFI governance

Commentary

BWP's reaction to the resignation of World Bank's President David Malpass

The new World Bank's president should be appointed through a merit-based, transparent process with criteria publicly available and candidates being able to present their platform.

17 February 2023 | Statement

IFI governance

News

A new Bretton Woods? Critical perspectives on the World Bank’s proposed ‘evolution roadmap’ - A public debate

On 6th March 2023, members of civil society, academics and IFI officials joined BWP and the Centre for Sustainable Finance at SOAS for a public debate on the World Bank Group Evolution Roadmap. 

6 March 2023 | Events

Knowledge

Background

Recommended resources on the World Bank and IMF 2022

Bretton Woods Project publishes its selection of the best books, reports and other resources on the World Bank and IMF from 2022.

25 January 2023 | Resource

Gender

News

Open civil society letter on WBG gender strategy update

53 civil society organisations call on the World Bank to open and robust public consultation on the World Bank’s forthcoming Gender Strategy update as the current FY16-23 strategy comes to an end.

20 December 2022 | Letters

Finance

News

UN letter of allegation outlines concerns about the impact of IMF surcharge policy on human rights

Civil society urges IMF to reply to UN letter and finally take action to review its surcharge policy.

8 December 2022

IFI governance

Analysis

IMF quota review: Putting climate at the core of IMF governance reform

Addition of cumulative carbon emissions indicator in IMF quota formula would give climate-vulnerable countries greater voice in IMF.

8 December 2022 | Guest analysis

Environment

Commentary

Bridgetown Initiative calls for new Global Climate Mitigation Trust financed via Special Drawing Rights

IMF’s lending instruments fail to provide swift and large-scale funding for climate transition. The Bridgeton Initiative proposes a new trust backed by $500 billion in SDRs for climate and development.

8 December 2022 | Guest comment

Gender

Analysis

New IMF gender strategy's potential to catalyse change undermined by austerity and problematic mission creep

IMF’s new gender mainstreaming strategy makes effort to include civil society demands but falls short of transformative vision as austerity remains Fund’s raison-d’état.

8 December 2022

Environment

News

World Bank’s update on Paris alignment fizzles at COP27 as countries demand MDBs evolve to face climate emergency

Despite continued public rhetoric about importance of civil society engagement, Bank is yet to commit to holding a public consultation period on its Paris alignment approach.

8 December 2022

Social services

News

World Bank’s definition of ‘universal’ social protection - another buzzword?

World Bank’s newly released Social Protection and Jobs Compass guidance note creates confusion over the Bank’s definition of ‘universal’ social protection.

8 December 2022

Conditionality

News

Unbalanced financial stimulus followed by fiscal austerity: When will the IMF learn from its mistakes?!

New reports by Financial Transparency Coalition and Eurodad highlight uneven distribution of Covid-19 stimulus spending followed by socially painful fiscal austerity.

8 December 2022