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Bretton Woods Update No.63 November/December 2008

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International economic architecture: cleaning up the mess?

News|27 November 2008

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The G20 group of large economies met in Washington on 15 November to discuss reform of the international economic architecture, but the summit failed to live up to the 'Bretton Woods 2' label some had given it. As the economic crisis continues to unfold, pressure for fundamental change to rebuild and repair the crumbling financial and economic architecture can only continue to grow. read article...

Awash with cash or hard up? IFIs face increasing demands on their resources

News|27 November 2008

As economies slump across the world, the World Bank and the IMF are looking to pump out cash, but while the Bank´s resources are expanding, there are questions about whether the IMF has enough. read article...

IFI governance reform: rumbling slowly on?

News|27 November 2008

Minor changes to World Bank governance were agreed at this year's annual meetings, with a timetable for further reform that could stretch to 2011. As pressure grows for fundamental reform of the international financial architecture, it is unclear whether this process will continue, and if the issue of IMF governance will be reopened. read article...

New international economic architecture No shortage of blueprints

News|27 November 2008

The financial and economic crises have brought out a plethora of ideas for reforming the international financial architecture. Below, we highlight a few of the many different blueprints. read article...

International financial architecture

Inside the inst|27 November 2008

National and international financial bodies frequently overlap both in function and membership. Below are some of the main regulatory or influential bodies within the financial system. In most, the IMF is a participant, and in some, a central player. read article...

Back from the dead IMF pumps out loans and conditionality

News|27 November 2008

A few months ago pundits were calling time on the Fund, but the financial crisis' impact on emerging markets has brought it roaring back to life, with its usual dose of austerity and conditionality. read article...

World Bank monitoring weak

News|27 November 2008

This September's Independent Evaluation Group (IEG) Annual Review of Development Effectiveness (ARDE) highlights weaknesses in Bank monitoring and evaluation systems and provides worrying evidence that the Bank is not structured to work effectively on global public goods. read article...

Indian environment ministry rejects Climate Investment Funds

News|27 November 2008

The Indian ministry of environment and forests rejected the World Bank's recently finalised climate investment funds (CIFs), a snub that may prove damaging, since India would have been a significant client. read article...

IEG evaluation of World Bank TA limited

News|27 November 2008

The recently released IEG evaluation Using Knowledge to Improve Development Effectiveness, examining the Bank's economic sector work (ESW) and non-lending technical assistance (TA) between 2000-2006 presents a limited review. read article...

Financial and food crises probing the links

News|27 November 2008

While food commodity prices have dropped from their peaks earlier in the year, the role financial liberalisation played in causing the crisis and whether it can help resolve it are still being debated. read article...

Dam wrong new World Bank book fails to convince critics of large dams

News|27 November 2008

A forthcoming World Bank commissioned book on large dams stresses their purported economic benefits whilst inadequately addressing serious social and environmental costs. The book is a further indicator of the Bank's preference for large dams. read article...

Your support of the Bretton Woods Project is crucial

News|27 November 2008

With the system of global economic governance in crisis, there has never been a more crucial time for the Bretton Woods Project to work for change that puts poverty, human rights and the environment at its heart. read article...

The World Bank, the IFC and the antecedents of the financial crisis

by Paulo dos Santos

At Issue|27 November 2008

The financial crisis seemed to come out of the blue, but Paulo dos Santos of the University of London argues that the ground was laid by financial sector privatisation, liberalisation and deregulation. Far from these trends being confined to the rich world, the World Bank and the IFC have played a key role in pushing these policies throughout emerging markets, exposing them to the fallout of the financial crisis. read article...

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