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IFI governance

Analysis

Annual Meetings 2021 Preamble: IMF and World Bank face existential questions in midst of global health and climate crises

Doing Business scandal, likely conditions attached to SDR rechannelling and lack of Bank and Fund support for an intellectual property waiver for vaccines highlight links between undemocratic governance structures at Bank and Fund and the uneven recovery from the pandemic.

7 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

Commentary

Joint statement on World Bank’s IDA20 replenishment

Bretton Woods Project, Eurodad and Afrodad publish statement on the need for IDA20 replenishment to make an effective and meaningful contribution to recovery and resilience efforts.

6 October 2021 | Letters

Finance

News

Open letter to G20 Finance Ministers, Central Bank Governors and the IMF: Civil society organizations call for principles for fair channeling of Special Drawing Rights

CSO launches call for the fair channeling of Special Drawing Rights.

30 September 2021 | Letters

Finance

News

Time for action: How can IMF help countries use their SDRs for crisis recovery?

If the Special Drawing Rights allocation is to benefit the poorest and most vulnerable, decision makers must use SDRs to respond to the pandemic and its economic consequences.

22 September 2021
An unidentified woman buying in a typical grocery shop on Jan 27, 2004 in Ilakaka, Madagascar.

Gender

News

World Bank and IMF´s gender analysis of VAT falls short

IFI’s initial analysis of gender impact of VAT still at odds with civil society calls and evidence.

22 September 2021

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

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IFI governance

Background

8 October 2021 | Minutes

The role of the World Bank in combatting economic gender inequality in conflict-affected countries

Notes from the Civil Society Policy Forum session on 8 October on the need for the World Bank to better address economic gender inequality in conflict-affected countries.

IFI governance

Background

6 October 2021 | Minutes

Building back better health systems: lessons from the WBG's Covid-19 response and recovery plans

Notes from the Civil Society Policy Forum session on 6 October on the World Bank's need to highlight the centrality of public healthcare systems, central to a just and equitable recovery.

IFI governance

Background

6 October 2021 | Minutes

IMF surcharges: A necessary tool or counter-productive obstacle to a just and green recovery?

Notes from the Civil Society Policy Forum session on 6 October on the governance and resourcing implications of IMF's surcharges.

IFI governance

Background

4 October 2021 | Minutes

Making the Most of Special Drawing Rights: Approaches to maximise impact and create a sustainable and just recovery

Notes from the Civil Society Policy Forum session on 4 October on the ways to maximise the impacts of the recent allocation of $650 billion Special Drawing Rights.

Finance

News

21 September 2021

IMF increases limits of its concessional lending facility, leading to warnings from debt activists

Concessional lending from the IMF reaches record levels with the new reforms set to increase lending further.

Infrastructure

News

17 September 2021

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.

Environment

News

13 July 2021

Dutch government sued at World Bank tribunal for fossil fuel phase out plan

ICSID suit against Dutch government’s fossil phase out highlights threat to climate action posed by investor-to-state dispute settlement mechanisms

Finance

Background

1 April 2021 | Minutes

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.