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Sub-Saharan Africa

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

IFI governance

Analysis

Annual Meetings Wrap-up: despite urgent climate and development needs, geopolitics and deference to private finance rule the day

Doing Business scandal once again highlights that geopolitical wrangling is key driving force behind Bretton Woods Institutions’ governance structure and policy prescriptions.

19 October 2021

IFI governance

Analysis

G24 communiqué analysis - Annual Meetings 2021

G24 finance ministers called for urgent measures to arrest the unequal recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic.

19 October 2021

Gender

Analysis

Learning lessons from the Covid-19 pandemic: The World Bank’s macroeconomic policies and women’s rights

This briefing argues that the Bank’s current framework for analysing the impacts of its macroeconomic policy advice on gender equality are insufficient.

29 September 2021 | Briefings

Finance

News

Pressure mounts for an end to IDA’s Private Sector Window as IDA20 negotiations continue

Civil society and academics call for scrapping of Private Sector Window in IDA20 and the reallocation of resources to support public sector responses to the pandemic.

22 September 2021

Finance

Commentary

World Bank must place economic transformation at heart of IDA20 replenishment

IDA20 must take urgent action to ensure tangible support for economic transformation and decent jobs, and the establishment of a social protection fund.

13 July 2021 | Guest comment

Gender

Analysis

Latest IMF gender research: Making the economy work for women, or women work for the economy?

IMF gender research direction shifts away from macroeconomic drivers of gender inequality.

13 July 2021

Rights

News

IFC faces critical questions over investments in gig economy

IFC’s investments in gig economy platform companies come under scrutiny

13 July 2021
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Other news

IFI governance

Background

Building back better through IDA20: Public investment as a tool for socio-economic transformation in Africa

Notes from the Civil Society Policy Forum session on 7 October on IDA20's replenishment implications with a focus on Africa.

19 October 2021 | Minutes

Social services

News

Malpass makes World Bank a pariah with opposition to TRIPS waiver

World Bank President comes out against temporarily waiving intellectual property rights on Covid-19 vaccines

13 July 2021

Infrastructure

News

Former Ghana national oil company head links World Bank’s Sankofa guarantee to gas power plant deals

Alex Mould says guarantee included commitment to sign four ‘take or pay’ contracts with independent power producers.

22 September 2021

Infrastructure

News

Nigerian CSO denounces increase in energy tariffs linked to World Bank-backed reforms

World Bank’s backed energy reforms in Nigeria set to raise electricity prices further despite amid Covid-19 pandemic.

17 September 2021

Gender

News

World Bank gender-based violence mechanism raises "serious concerns"

World Bank procurement mechanism faces questions over community engagement

13 July 2021

Accountability

News

IMF faces wave of calls to suspend loan disbursements in Africa

Activists call for suspension of IMF disbursements, raising alarm about lack of accountability for several African loans.

13 July 2021

Finance

Background

Special Drawing Rights as a sustainable option for financing fight against COVID-19 and economic recovery in Africa

Notes from the Spring 2021 Civil Society Policy Forum session on 1 April.

1 April 2021 | Minutes

Environment

Background

Why climate transition risks are macro-critical: The IMF and enabling a green recovery

Notes from the virtual Civil Society Policy Forum event on 30 March.

30 March 2021 | Minutes
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