The IMF’s Independent Evaluation Office (IEO) released an issues paper describing how it will assess whether the IMF has strengthened its “trusted advisor” role since 2005. It will look at how perceptions of the Fund as an advisor have been affected by new IMF surveillance and advisory initiatives introduced after the global economic crisis. It notes that previous IEO reports have found that countries are often wary of the IMF’s advice, citing “inadequate knowledge of country-specific circumstances” and “a perceived lack of evenhandedness” as explanatory factors. The paper will focus on perceptions of IMF advice, but “not, however, assess the actual impact of this advice.”
The Bretton Woods Project has published a new briefing providing a critical analysis of the IMF's latest work on gender equality. The briefing questions the sustainability of the Fund's new approach to gender equality and reveals that the Fund's analysis so far is limited and inconsistent with the full achievement of women's economic empowerment.
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