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Biden, the Bank and IMF: A break with ‘America first’ or its continued pursuit through multilateral means?

The world awaits to see whether Trump’s defeat will result in the end of the 'America First' approach and a democratisation of the IMF and World Bank and the multilateral system.

10 December 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

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Analysis

World Bank funded $17.3 million Uganda reproductive health voucher PPP fails to reach the poorest women

World Bank backs private sector voucher project in Uganda as poorest women lose out.

6 October 2020

Social services

News

World Bank loan to India promotes private sector in education as millions of children out of school

World Bank Indian education loan causes controversy over private sector provisions.

6 October 2020
Kasimba Prinary School, Mpanda District, Katavi Region, Tanzania. August 2019.

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News

The World Bank, Covid-19 and public education: two steps forward one step back

World Bank’s new report on education and Covid-19 contrasts with IFC announcement on freezing private school investments.

16 July 2020

Finance

Analysis

World Bank and IMF response to debt crisis undermines women’s rights

25 years after Beijing Declaration, austerity and privatisation still modus operandi of Bretton Woods Institutions at the cost of women's rights.

7 April 2020 | Guest analysis

Gender

Analysis

Gender-Just Macroeconomics II

BWP's Gender and Macroeconomics project launches a booklet on Gender-Just Macroeconomics; the World Bank’s privatisation push

11 March 2019 | Briefings
Philip Alston, special rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights present his report at the 38th Regular Session of the Human Rights Council.

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IMF and World Bank’s support for privatisation condemned by UN expert

A new UN report shines light on how IMF and World Bank support for privatisation contributes to the elimination of human rights

6 December 2018

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6 October 2020

World Bank abandons pandemic bond instrument after disastrous Covid-19 response

World Bank’s pandemic bond instrument scrapped after high visibility Covid-19 failure

Social services

Background

5 October 2020 | Minutes

World Bank Group’s ‘Maximizing Finance for Development’ in times of Covid-19

Notes from the virtual Civil Society Policy Forum at the 2020 World Bank and IMF Annual Meetings 5 October session on the World Bank's 'Maximizing Finance for Development' and the Covid-19 response.

Conditionality

Background

2 October 2020 | Minutes

Fiscal space for universal health and social protection post Covid-19 pandemic: How to prevent austerity

Notes from the Civil Society Policy Forum Session on 2 October.

Gender

Background

1 October 2020

Building a feminist recovery for all: Gender transformative policies are more urgent than ever

Notes from the Civil Society Policy Forum session on 1 October.

Finance

News

7 April 2020

World Bank pandemic bond instrument fails in COVID-19 response

World Bank's ‘innovative’ health financing instrument proved to be slow and late.

Social services

Background

1 November 2019 | Minutes

Leveraging Private Sector Engagement in Health: Maximizing or Obstructing Progress towards Universal Health Coverage?

Notes from CSPF on 18 October on the growing trend of directing public finance to support business in healthcare.

Social services

News

30 July 2019

Human Rights Council resolution challenges World Bank approach to education

Abidjan Principles recognition by UN HRC states confronts World Bank privatization push in education.

Social services

News

4 April 2019

Lagos water rights summit rejects World Bank privatisation

World Bank water privatisation push in Africa criticised by civil society that are calling for a rights-based approach.