Finance

Finance

News

Calls for Ukraine debt relief grow as IMF and World Bank provide fresh loans amidst crisis

The country – reeling from the Russia invasion – owes a total of $22 billion to the IMF, World Bank and other international financial institutions.

6 April 2022

Finance

News

Civil society campaign urges IMF to stop using punitive surcharges

Over 250 civil society experts urge the IMF to eliminate its punitive surcharges on countries in debt distress as they undermine an equitable economic recovery and exacerbate the global debt crisis.

6 April 2022

Finance

Analysis

Our World in 2021

While the Bank stressed the need for a recovery based on Green, Resilient and Inclusive Development and the IMF highlighted its concerns about the divergent paths of the global recovery in 2021, both continued to support largely unreformed policies.

2 March 2022 | Annual report (BWP)

Finance

Analysis

Debt crisis prevention: We need to talk about capital controls

IMF's position on capital controls must be revised to recognise that they are an essential and permanent macroeconomic tool necessary to increase countries' policy autonomy and enable them to act counter-cyclically and to prevent future debt crises.

9 December 2021 | At Issue

Environment

Analysis

Lack of public finance and debt relief at COP26 undermines countries' climate goals

Climate-for-debt swaps mechanism proposed by IMF fails to materialise, while rich countries' climate finance commitments remain unmet.

9 December 2021

Finance

News

IMF’s punishing surcharges strain Covid-19 response and recovery efforts

Civil society and economists unite in calls for IMF to abolish unethical and harmful surcharges on member countries that undermine financial stability and Covid-19 recovery.

9 December 2021

Finance

News

Debt crisis: What next as IMF and G20 initiatives set to expire?

G20 Common Framework left as the only multilateral mechanism for debt suspension, while private sector still refuses to engage.

9 December 2021

Finance

News

IMF takes steps to control cryptocurrency policies

Fund warns cryptocurrencies are a threat to global financial stability as El Salvador makes Bitcoin legal tender.

9 December 2021

Finance

News

Tensions escalate between Argentina and the IMF ahead of crucial loan repayment deadline

Controversial loan from IMF could force country into severe spending cuts.

9 December 2021

Finance

News

Civil society frustrated by lack of substantive engagement in IDA20 replenishment process

Private sector first approach intact in IDA20 replenishment despite CSO recommendations.

9 December 2021