Finance

Finance

Background

Who can borrow from the World Bank?

The different arms of the World Bank Group lend money to developing countries and private enterprises.

10 December 2020 | FAQ

Finance

Background

What types of financing does the IMF provide?

The IMF provides various types of loans to member governments. This background article explains how IMF lending works and sets out the differences between the main types of IMF lending.

7 October 2020 | FAQ

IFI governance

Analysis

Development Committee communiqué analysis – Annual Meetings 2020

Analysis of the Development Committee communiqué published on 16 October from the 2020 World Bank and IMF virtual Annual Meetings.

21 October 2020

IFI governance

Analysis

IMFC communiqué analysis – Annual Meetings 2020

Analysis of the IMFC communiqué, issues on 15 October, from the 2020 World Bank and IMF virtual Annual Meetings.

21 October 2020

IFI governance

Analysis

Annual Meetings 2020 Preamble: IMF and World Bank frontload austerity and privatisation in Covid-19 recovery, while the world calls for more inclusive multilateralism

As the inability of Bank and Fund to adapt their policies in response to the Covid-19 pandemic becomes more evident, hope turns to the UN system and a radical restructure of the global international financial architecture.

12 October 2020

Accountability

Analysis

IFC and MIGA must ‘walk the accountability walk’ on the road mapped by independent review

Implementation in full of the independent review of IFC, MIGA and CAO is essential if institutions are to meet persistent accountability and remedy gaps.

6 October 2020

Rights

Analysis

Repairing harm caused: What could a reparations approach mean for the IMF and World Bank?

It is time for the IMF and World Bank to understand their own responsibility and decolonise their approach.

6 October 2020 | At Issue

Conditionality

Commentary

An IMF bailout for Lebanon can make things worse

Amidst multiple financial and economic crises, a classic IMF intervention in Lebanon could exacerbate inequalities and social tensions.

6 October 2020 | Guest comment

Finance

Analysis

Over optimistic IMF forecasts risk dire consequences for Covid-19 response

As G20 gears up to take critical decisions on international financial response to Covid-19, the consequences of overly rosy IMF forecasts are potentially more costly than ever.

6 October 2020

Conditionality

News

Civil society raises alarm about IMF’s continued backing of austerity amidst pandemic

Egypt, Ukraine, South Africa and Ecuador have recently signed IMF loan programmes that involve severe austerity measures.

6 October 2020