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IFI governance

Analysis

Tout change et rien change pas: Global power and IMF leadership

The present IMF leadership 'contest' makes a mockery of the institution's multilateral character and further diminishes its legitimacy.

3 October 2019 | Guest comment

IFI governance

News

Board decision could signal “vote of no confidence” in Inspection Panel

CSO fear World Bank board will compromise, undermining Inspection Panel powers.

3 October 2019
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IFI governance

Analysis

Here we go again: Surprise IMF leadership change litmus test for its legitimacy

Lagarde resignation kicks-off another leadership race overshadowed by gentleman’s agreement.

30 July 2019

IFI governance

Analysis

The Bretton Woods Institutions and the second crisis of multilateralism

At 75, the World Bank and IMF face a crisis of multilateralism in no small part of their own making as failed economic policies have resulted in skepticism of the international order they helped to create.

30 July 2019 | At Issue

IFI governance

News

Quota reform impasse likely as IMF faces legitimacy crisis

Latest Review of Quotas expected to be quashed, as US signals it will block reform.

30 July 2019

IFI governance

Analysis

World Bank president selection: 'Gentleman's agreement' alive and well

World Bank's board fails to live up to commitments to open, transparent and merit-based selection process for Bank president.

4 April 2019

Land

Analysis

The highest bidder takes it all: The World Bank's new scheme to privatise land in the Global South

World Bank Enabling the Business of Agriculture rankings prescribe land privatisation at the expense of family farmers, pastoralists, and Indigenous Peoples.

4 April 2019 | At Issue

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
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Other news

Social services

Background

Leveraging Private Sector Engagement in Health: Maximizing or Obstructing Progress towards Universal Health Coverage?

Notes from CSPF on 18 October on the growing trend of directing public finance to support business in healthcare.

1 November 2019 | Minutes

Infrastructure

News

EIB's draft energy plan proposes ending finance for fossil fuels after 2020

Move comes after concerted civil society campaign calling for ‘fossil-free EIB’.

3 October 2019

IFI governance

Background

UK civil society meeting with UK World Bank Executive Director Melanie Robinson

Notes from a meeting with the UK World Bank Executive Director on 6 July 2018.

28 August 2018 | Minutes

IFI governance

News

World Bank general capital increase to be formalised in October

World Bank board to formalise contentious general capital increase at October Annual Meetings

27 July 2018

Environment

News

Development banks pump more money into Southern Gas Corridor, despite fresh concerns

EBRD approves €500 million loan for TAP, as Italy announces it will review its support for project

24 July 2018

IFI governance

Background

UK civil society meeting with UK World Bank Executive Director Melanie Robinson

Notes of a meeting with UK World Bank Executive Director Melanie Robinson on 19 March 2018.

14 May 2018 | Minutes

IFI governance

Background

UK civil society meeting with UK World Bank Executive Director Melanie Robinson

Notes of a meeting with UK World Bank Executive Director Melanie Robinson on 22 September 2017.

15 December 2017 | Minutes

IFI governance

Background

UK civil society meeting with DFID: Annual meetings and IDA

Notes of a UK CSO meeting with DFID on the annual meetings and the IDA process 23 September 2016.

10 November 2016 | Minutes
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