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Debt overhang risks another lost decade and could derail progress on poverty reduction and SDGs

Over 60 per cent of low-income countries and more than 25 percent of emerging market economies are in or at risk of debt distress, and are in danger of being unable to fulfil their fiscal obligations.

8 December 2022

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World Bank’s re-labelled Business Enabling Environment Project does little to address substantial flaws of Doing Business Report

Civil society calls for urgent evaluation of Doing Business impacts as the World Bank announces a rebranded Business Enabling Environment Project, failing to address underlying issues.

6 April 2022

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Recommended resources on the World Bank and IMF 2021

Bretton Woods Project publishes its selection of the best books, reports and other resources on the World Bank and IMF from 2021.

2 February 2022 | Resource

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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

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As World Bank pauses Doing Business Report, pressure mounts for it to be permanently scrapped

Civil society, trade unions and academics call for permanent end of Doing Business Report as World Bank suspends its publication due to data irregularities.

6 October 2020
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Recommended resources on the World Bank and IMF 2019

The Bretton Woods Project's selection of the best books, reports and other resources on the World Bank and IMF from 2019.

22 January 2020 | Resource

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The World Bank: What it is and how it operates

This Inside the Institutions provides an overview of how the Bank’s systems are designed to operate.

16 July 2020 | Inside the institutions

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Doing Business 2019: World Bank’s tunnel vision obscures calls for reform

The Doing Business Report 2019 criticised by civil society over its promotion of deregulation and low business tax.

6 December 2018

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3 October 2022

World Bank appoints Indermit Gill as new chief economist

Gill replaces Carmen Reinhart as she returns to Harvard after a two-year public service leave from the institution.

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19 April 2022 | Letters

It’s just the tip of the iceberg: civil society organisations call for an overhaul of the World Bank following the Doing Business Report scandal

More than 140 CSO groups and individuals call on the World Bank to focus on grappling with the harms caused by its undemocratic governance structure and biased publications like the Doing Business Report, and to take measures to decolonise the institution.

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22 September 2021

Global civil society achieves significant victory as World Bank discontinues contentious Doing Business Report

Significant victory for global civil society and movements as World Bank ends Doing Business Report

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23 March 2021

Doing Business Report to be published after temporary suspension over data irregularities

World Bank plans to publish latest DBR in March and undertake an external review of the report’s methodology.

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9 March 2021 | Resource

Recommended resources on the World Bank and IMF 2020

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1 February 2019 | Resource

Recommended resources on the World Bank and IMF 2018

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28 June 2018 | Project news

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