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IFI governance

News

3 July 2012

Parliamentarians call World Bank and IMF policies "unfair" and "ill-intentioned"

At an assembly held in Kampala in early April, IPU delegates criticised World Bank and IMF policies for being "unfair, non-transparent and ill-intentioned," and described how minimal parliamentary oversight hinders national ownership of development.

Environment

News

3 July 2012

IMF approves Angola funding

The IMF has agreed to release $133 million to Angola, despite calls for the Fund to withhold the disbursement until the Angolan government accounts for a $32 billion "discrepancy" in its public accounts.

Conditionality

News

3 July 2012

IMF and debt hold Jamaica back

A report published in May by the US-based Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR) found that an overwhelming debt burden and conditions on IMF loans are hindering Jamaica's economic recovery.

IFI governance

News

3 July 2012

IMF poverty focus challenged

In the middle of a review of its lending facilities for low-income countries (LICs) and a funding drive for more concessional resources, the IMF is facing criticism over its conditionality and a review of its debt sustainability framework.

IFI governance

News

3 July 2012

IMF surveillance not yet integrated

IMF integrated surveillance decision delayed.

Conditionality

News

3 July 2012

Eurozone meltdown: IMF providing "political cover"

As European elections show the public increasingly rejecting austerity, critics call on the IMF to focus on the flaws of the eurozone rather than austerity in country programmes.

IFI governance

Commentary

3 July 2012 | Humour

Timely Canadian action on governance reform

The Bretton Woods Project would like to sincerely thank the Honorable James M. Flaherty, Canada's finance minister, for his kind end June response to a letter we sent him about leadership selection at the IFIs.

IFI governance

Background

3 July 2012 | Inside the institutions

Revolving doors: staff turnover between IFIs and African governments

The term 'revolving doors' refers to frequent staff turnover between institutions, usually relevant when these represent different interests working on the same policy issues. This serves to foster cross-institutional networks, practices and alliances. The staff turnover between international financial institutions (IFIs) and borrowing governments works as a mechanism through which specific ideas and practices learnt and promoted in IFIs are translated into policies in borrowing countries

Conditionality

News

3 July 2012

IFI leaders talk jobs, but staff push labour deregulation

International financial institutions increasingly recognise the negative impacts of austerity on labour markets, however, a disjuncture remains between their public pronouncements and their policies and practice.

Finance

News

3 July 2012

IMF pushes for fully convertible yuan

After high-level talks in May, Chinese vice premier Wang Qishan announced US support for the inclusion of the yuan in the currency basket for the IMF's special drawing rights, the international reserve assets issued by the Fund. While this supports Chinese plans to make the yuan an alternative reserve currency alongside the US dollar and the euro, IMF recommendations for China to speed up the move to convertibility and fully open its capital account have attracted domestic criticism.

Finance

News

22 June 2012

Will the IMF "make history" with a new view on capital flows?

In October the Fund is expected to present in October an updated institutional view on capital account regulations. The most recent IMF paper on the topic received criticism for advocating for capital account liberalisation in China and India. Meanwhile emerging economies worry that the Fund's prescriptions still constrain their capacity to cope with global financial volatility.

News

23 May 2012

Prize draw for Bretton Woods Project audience survey 2012

Prize draw for Bretton Woods Project audience survey 2012