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Finance and debt

Bank and Fund involvement in financing development and debt creation. The role of World Bank aid and lending in development and reconstruction projects as well as a focus on the Funds' role in the international financial architecture and financial sector reform in borrower countries. Includes: Development finance, capital account liberalisation and capital controls, financial sector reform, International financial architecture, debt and debt arbitration, Heavily Indebted Poor Countries initiative (HIPC), crisis prevention and resolution read more background...

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Why the IMF must cancel Pakistan's debt

Comment|Dr Fayaz Ahmed|19 September 2013|url

This year, Nawaz Sharif will take over as Pakistan's new prime minister with expectations of a 'new' vision for the country. Alongside development and economic issues, Sharif's new government will also be tasked with tackling the debt repayments that the country is scheduled to make in the next two years and beyond in a $6.64 billion IMF loan agreement that was approved in September. read article...

First ever real-terms drop in IDA agreed Replenishment negotiations focus on private sector, fragile states

News|Bretton Woods Project|18 September 2013|url

As the negotiations on the 17th replenishment of the World Bank's International Development Association (IDA) pass the half way mark, a real-terms drop in IDA and stingier terms for borrowers have been agreed. The discussion has focussed largely on the private sector and fragile states. read article...

BRICS without mortar

News|Sargon Nissan|5 September 2013|url

On the sidelines of this week's G20 summit, BRICS nations are expected to reveal details of how their proposed $100 billion alternative to the IMF will operate. read article...

Memorandum to the International Development Committee Inquiry on the Future of UK Development Cooperation

Briefing|Bretton Woods Project|26 June 2013|url

In written evidence submitted to the UK parliament's International Development Committee, we argue that further reform of the World Bank is needed. read article...

Turkey pays off IMF debt

News|Bretton Woods Project|26 June 2013|update 86|url

Turkey discharged its debt to the IMF in May, by paying a final installment of $421 million after decades of loans and stand-by arrangements. read article...

Financial sector risks remain

News|Bretton Woods Project|26 June 2013|update 86|url

A May IMF staff discussion note evaluated international efforts to address gaps in regulation of "a relatively small number of large, complex financial institutions" which remain "very difficult to regulate, supervise and resolve". read article...

Finally resolving debt resolution?

News|Bretton Woods Project|26 June 2013|update 86|url

A March IMF policy paper examined long-standing approaches to debt crisis management including for the first time assessing the civil society proposals for a fair and transparent arbitration process. read article...

IFIs on capital: flowing in same direction

News|Bretton Woods Project|26 June 2013|update 86|url

The IMF's long-awaited guidance note on capital flows fails to remedy the faults of the 'institutional view' on capital account. The World Bank's long-term thinking is also emphasises liberalisation. read article...

IMF champions growth But calls for more cuts

News|Bretton Woods Project|26 June 2013|update 86|url

As global economic risks and stagnation in major economies are expected to persist, the IMF's rhetoric is increasingly anti-austerity, reflecting changing priorities in member states. However, states where IMF policy influence is greatest, spending cuts continue. read article...

IMF's Greek mea culpa Does the Fund have a future in Europe?

News|Bretton Woods Project|26 June 2013|update 86|url

In June the IMF released an ex post assessment of its 2010 lending programme to Greece which described a series of errors and found that the Fund consciously chose to break its own rules on the sustainability of the programme. read article...

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