Amidst multiple financial and economic crises, a classic IMF intervention in Lebanon could exacerbate inequalities and social tensions.
Middle East & North Africa
Egypt, Ukraine, South Africa and Ecuador have recently signed IMF loan programmes that involve severe austerity measures.
Civil society, trade unions and academics call for permanent end of Doing Business Report as World Bank suspends its publication due to data irregularities.
Notes from the Civil Society Policy Forum session on 1 October.
Early evidence suggests IMF programmes are maintaining long-term fiscal consolidation targets, while World Bank further continues Maximizing Finance for Development narrative amidst Covid-19 crisis.
From Latin America to North Africa and the Middle East, governments experience backlash against IMF loan programmes and policy recommendations.
IMF fails to respond to loan requests from Iran and Venezula as they struggle to respond to increasing Covid-19 cases and deaths.
Notes from the Civil Society Policy Forum panel event on 17 October on the IMF’s approach to gender.
Bretton Woods Institutions found to share responsibility for social unrest leading to serious human rights violations.
Notes from the Civil Society Policy Forum session on 12 April on the changing international tax landscape from a feminist perspective and challenging IFIs’ role in shaping it at the World Bank and IMF's 2019 Spring Meetings.
General Secretary of Tunisia's largest trade union calls for an overhaul of the IMF's approach to bring about socially just expansionary policies, after strikes overturn IMF-backed wage bill
UN releases Guiding Principles on human rights impact assessments of economic reforms, begging the question of how the IMF will respond.