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Pro-business agenda drives World Bank’s report on the future of work

As the World Bank publishes a report calling for labour market deregulation, global trade unions fight back.

23 July 2018 | Guest analysis
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IEG findings cast doubt on Bank's ability to deliver on general capital increase

New IEG report raises questions about the Bank’s ability to use findings from evaluations to inform its operations.

22 July 2018

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IEG critical of World Bank’s progress on shared prosperity goal

IEG report casts doubt on Bank’s progress on its own shared prosperity goal as civil society raises concerns about Bank's approach to inclusive growth

25 March 2018

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Recommended resources on the World Bank and IMF: 2017

The Bretton Woods Project's selection of the best books, reports and other resources on the World Bank and IMF from 2017.

26 January 2018

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After 15 years, World Bank’s Doing Business Report still missing the mark

CSOs argue DBR’s deregulation policies do not lower income inequality or promote inclusive economic growth, instead incentivising tax competition and undermining inclusive development.

7 December 2017

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Chinese growth’s contribution to poverty reduction challenges World Bank and IMF neoliberal policies

CEPR report found that two-thirds of extreme poverty during past 25 years took place in China, which did not follow World Bank and IMF neoliberal policies.

6 December 2017

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Protecting the victories of the ‘IMF Spring’

The IMF's recognition of the importance of inequality is under threat. Concerns have been raised about complacency and even the reversal of the IMF's recent progress on inequality, while IMF staff continue to operationalise new policy advice on inequality in surveillance and lending programmes.

3 July 2017

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Concerns over World Bank's WDR on education

CSOs raise concerns about content and consultation process of World Bank World Development Report 2018 on education.

6 April 2017

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6 December 2017

Call for critical resources on World Bank and IMF for 2017

Request for critical IMF and World Bank resources of 2017.

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3 July 2017 | Inside the institutions

World Bank’s Doing Business report

This Inside the Institutions looks at the Doing Business report and retraces key steps in its history and development, explains how ratings are calculated and outlines some of the main criticisms regarding its methodology and ideological background.

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7 April 2017

WDR on governance: paradigm shift or cosmetic procedure?

World Bank’s 2017 World Development Report on governance introduced the importance of politics, but its impact has been questioned.

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2 February 2017 | Resource

Recommended resources on the World Bank and IMF 2016

The Bretton Woods Project's selection of the best books, reports and other resources on the World Bank and IMF from 2016.

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7 October 2015 | Minutes

Lurking behind plummeting oil prices: Advancing structural adjustment

Notes from a meeting at the IMF/World Bank CSO Forum at the 2015 Annual meetings, focusing on macroeconomic challenges for the MENA region.

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3 February 2015

WDR 2015: Mind over matter

Behavioural economics is the basis for the World Bank's 2015 World Development Report but is criticised for ignoring the impact of power and politics.

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6 August 2014

Who’s poor? New estimates of PPPs led to halving of World Bank’s poverty numbers

A May World Bank-led statistical operation has used a new method to estimate purchasing power parities, allowing it to more than halve the estimated number of people living on below $1.25 per day.

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27 June 2014

ILO paper questions IMF research on labour market reforms

A recent ILO publication finds major methodological flaws in reserach papers that the IMF used to justify the weakening of labour regulation.