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Pakistan

Rights

News

Will IMF stick its head in the sand on human rights Guiding Principles?

UN releases Guiding Principles on human rights impact assessments of economic reforms, begging the question of how the IMF will respond.

4 April 2019

Conditionality

Analysis

Pro-poor or anti-poor? The World Bank and IMF’s approach to social protection

Stephen Kidd critiques Bretton Woods Institutions' approach to targeted social protection systems, arguing the poor lose out the most.

28 March 2018 | Briefings

Private Sector

Analysis

How the Bank’s push for microcredit failed the poor

Originally created to help the poor escape poverty and deprivation, the World Bank became the most important advocate for the commercialised microcredit model. Yet, critics argued it undermined the chances of sustainable and equitable development to create a poverty trap of historic proportions.

8 December 2017 | At Issue

Gender

Analysis

The IMF, Gender Equality and VAT

BWP briefing explores gender dimensions of IMF’s key fiscal policy advice on resource mobilisation in developing countries, in particular on Value-Added Tax.

12 April 2017 | Briefings

Infrastructure

Analysis

The rise of the infrastructure giants

World Bank faces increased competition over large scale infrastructure in Asia, with the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank and the BRICS Bank.

20 June 2014

Social services

Analysis

Going, going, gone?

IFC accused of “McDonaldisation” of education, with investment in low-fee private schools, despite evidence of negative impacts on inequality.

9 May 2014

Infrastructure

Analysis

World Bank’s thirst for hydropower

The World Bank and IFC continue push for controversial hydropower, with projects in Guatemala, Democratic Republic of Congo, East Africa, Niger, Pakistan and Macedonia. The Bank warned on long term viability of hydropower, as Uruguay’s state hydro company agreed insurance with the Bank.

27 February 2014

Finance

Analysis

The IFIs in 2013: year in review

The Bretton Woods Project review of the most important developments at the World Bank and IMF in 2013.

8 January 2014 | Review
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Gender

Background

Advancing a feminist approach to women's economic inequality

Notes from the Civil Society Policy Forum panel event on 16 October on women's economic inequality and macroeconomic policy.

15 November 2019 | Minutes

Gender

Background

Cutting to the core: Rethinking the IMF’s way of doing business to tackle gender inequalities

Notes from the Civil Society Policy Forum panel event on 17 October on the IMF’s approach to gender.

28 October 2019 | Minutes

Finance

News

Pakistan requests 13th IMF loan, amid US-China tensions

As Pakistan requests an IMF loan amid concerns about its debt sustainability, the IMF response is caught up in China-US tensions.

4 April 2019

Land

News

NGOs denounce World Bank land conference

NGO coalition Our Land Our Business denounced the World Bank’s March conference on land and poverty, condemning the Bank’s role in land grabs.

6 July 2015

Gender

News

IEG calls on World Bank for more gender integration

Independent Evaluation Group highlights lack of gender integration in World Bank social safety net projects

3 February 2015

Conditionality

News

Pakistan needs to borrow "to repay IMF"

In late June, finance minister Ishaq Dar informed Pakistan's national assembly that the government "will have to go to the IMF" in order to repay current outstanding loan instalments to the Fund.

25 June 2013

IFI governance

News

Pakistani PM's son-in-law new World Bank ED

The Pakistani prime minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf controversially appointed his son-in-law Raja Azeemul Haq as World Bank executive director (ED) in December replacing current ED Javed Talat whose term had expired.

13 February 2013

Trade

News

IMF "onslaught" on Pakistan's economy

Pakistan must radically change its economic strategy, and raise Rupees 360 billion ($3.67 billion), 1.5 per cent of its GDP, before the Fund will agree to a new programme.

13 February 2013
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