Despite their popularity, PPPs have a very bad track record of delivering cost-effective investment for governments, and pose additional and serious problems by reducing transparency and accountability.
As Eurozone countries agree a new loan package to Greece, the IMF has conceded to ‘major concessions’ instead of up front debt relief and may participate in a new programme despite its insistence that the Fund's involvement in future programmes is dependent on ‘significant debt relief’.
The World Bank has announced its intention to fund the Azerbaijan and Turkey part of the Southern Gas Corridor to Europe, despite concerns over the geopolitical context and fossil fuel dependency.
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.
A new complaint was lodged with the CAO regarding an IFC financial intermediary investment in Honduras, while another financial intermediary case, previously linked to the IFC, escalate into violence.
Briefing noted that recent reforms to the IMF and World Bank governance reforms and the establishment of new Southern-led IFIs are symbolically important, however they are thus far not a rupture with the Western-dominated international financial architecture.
A UN special rapporteur, CSOs and donor countries have critiqued the lack of human rights in the World Bank's draft new environmental and social framework, as the consultation process has continued to be fraught with difficulty.
Reform to the IMF’s voting shares shifts some power to emerging countries, but the institution’s leadership selection process remains opaque and undemocratic.
Notes from a meeting at the IMF/World Bank CSO Forum at the 2016 Spring meetings discussion the socio-economic impacts of the Syrian crisis, the outgoing flow of migration and the World Bank’s model on how to tackle these issues following its new report.
As the IMF initiates negotiations with Tunisia, concerns have been expressed that renewed reforms will not be inclusive or target deep-seated economic and social issues.
This Inside the Institutions examines the recent and ongoing reforms at the IMF and World Bank, and places them in context of existing structures and processes.
This role is an exciting opportunity to contribute to advocacy efforts at the forefront of key global development issues in partnership with UK and global civil society.
The Bretton Woods Project is recruiting a research officer focussing on gender and development and IFIs.
Notes of a meeting on sovereign debt restructuring at the World Bank-IMF annual meetings 2014
Notes of a meeting with World Bank executive director Gwen Hines in October 2014.
Notes of a meeting on financing for development at the World Bank-IMF annual meetings 2014