Knowledge

Rights

Analysis

The IMF’s chameleon-policies on unions are changing colours

New IMF research has shown the positive impact of trade unions have on reducing income inequality, however, the Fund's own European austerity programmes indicate that the IMF ignores its own evidence.

6 July 2015 | Guest analysis

Conditionality

Commentary

The Arab world’s subsidy nightmare: pondering alternatives

For decades, the Arab region has embarked on a series of IMF-prescribed energy subsidy reforms, which have contributed to increased poverty levels.

2 February 2015 | Guest comment

Knowledge

News

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.

3 February 2015

Knowledge

News

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.

6 August 2014

Rights

News

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.

27 June 2014

Knowledge

News

Business as usual: World Bank rejects Doing Business reforms

World Bank publishes minor changes to its Doing Business report, addressing only one of the criticisms of an independent panel review while activists continue to highlight the damage done by the rankings.

20 June 2014

Trade

Background

The future of Doing Business

Sponsors: EURODAD, International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC), International Working Group on Trade-Finance Linkages Panelists: Natalia Speer…

11 April 2014 | Minutes

Social services

News

Poland reverses World Bank-promoted pension scheme

Poland has taken public control of a World-Bank-promoted private-asset-managed pension scheme which was causing huge losses, but the Bank continues to deny blame.

31 March 2014

Private Sector

Commentary

Can development really be delivered by investing in private banks?

In a new blog the Bretton Woods Project highlights the Bank's increasing investment in financial intermediaries at the expense of education and health

11 April 2014 | Blog

Knowledge

Analysis

Let them eat cake! IMF the equality champion?

The IMF released papers accepting the case against inequality, however it shows no indication of changing its demands upon borrowing countries.

31 March 2014