Spring Meetings conclude with frantic calls for stronger multilateralism, but few advances in key issues such as Covid-19 unequal recovery, debt, inequality and climate crises, while Russia participation prevents G20, G24 and Development Committee from releasing a communique.
Loan programme in Pakistan undermines country’s plans for low-carbon transition, as tax breaks on renewables and EVs slashed from IMF-mandated mini-budget.
IMF and Pakistan have reached agreement for a further loan disbursement, with Pakistan agreeing to significant cuts.
World Bank Indian education loan causes controversy over private sector provisions.
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.
Concerns raised about IMF conditions pushing women back into poverty and informal work.
UN releases Guiding Principles on human rights impact assessments of economic reforms, begging the question of how the IMF will respond.
Stephen Kidd critiques Bretton Woods Institutions' approach to targeted social protection systems, arguing the poor lose out the most.
Pakistan increases fuel prices in effort to meet IMF conditions, while cost of importing LNG surges.
IMF programme would result in increased electricity prices and regressive consumer tax hikes amid rising cost of living.
Notes from the Civil Society Policy Forum panel event on 16 October on women's economic inequality and macroeconomic policy.
Notes from the Civil Society Policy Forum panel event on 17 October on the IMF’s approach to gender.
As Pakistan requests an IMF loan amid concerns about its debt sustainability, the IMF response is caught up in China-US tensions.
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.
Independent Evaluation Group highlights lack of gender integration in World Bank social safety net projects
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.