IFIs Latin American Monitor 
Mon Jun 28 2010- Third World Network
Conditionalities and Structural Adjustment
IMF still prescribing pro-cyclical policies
In an effort to respond to the global financial crisis, the G20 grouping of major economies dramatically strengthened the role of the International Monetary Fund in developing countries, including in low-income countries, by tripling the Fund’s resource base from US$250 billion to US$750 billion. The IMF’s concessional lending capacity to LICs will be ten times higher in 2014 than before the crisis. Despite pledges to address the crisis in flexible and innovative ways, the IMF’s key objective in crisis loans remains "macroeconomic stability" through the "tightening of monetary and fiscal policies".
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Mon Jun 21 2010- Social Watch
IFI's Governance
The reconfiguration of the world scenario: the G-24's voice and the G-20's silence
The current economic and financial crisis has led to a reconfiguration in the scenario of power in the world. The Group of 20 (G-20), which is an extended version of the Group of 8 (G-8), proclaimed itself the main forum for international cooperation. However, the measures the group has adopted do not provide real solutions to the many crises assailing the world today. The Group of 24 (G24), on the other hand, which was originally set up by developing countries to coordinate their positions in the international arena, has in many cases recommended stronger action and with a greater long-term vision than the G-20 countries themselves.
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Thu May 13 2010- Heinrich Boell Foundation
Finance and Debt
The World Bank reboots - Sweeping investment lending reforms in the works
The World Bank’s Investment Lending Reforms (ILR) could significantly shift the way in which the institution operates. In mid-2010, the World Bank will begin holding worldwide public consultations on its proposed design of investment lending reforms, even though many of the reforms are already being implemented. This paper raises questions about the nature and the implications of the Bank’s investment lending reforms as a prelude to this consultation process.
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Mon Apr 26 2010- ActionAid, BWP, Christian Aid, CRBM, Eurodad, TWN
Finance and Debt
Bottom lines, better lives? Rethinking multilateral financing to the private sector in developing countries
Since 1990, financing to the private sector by multilateral development banks (MDBs) - has increased ten-fold, from less than $4 billion to more than $40 billion per year. Private sector finance is now a major part of the overall portfolio of many multilaterals. "As organisations that work for poverty eradication, environmental sustainability and human rights, we believe this area of MDB operations can have significant impacts in developing countries, yet is little known and under-examined."
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Fri Apr 23 2010- Center of Concern
Conditionalities and Structural Adjustment
Bringing Human Rights to bear in times of crisis: A Human Rights analysis of government responses to the economic crisis
The report "Bringing Human Rights to Bear in Times of Crisis: A human rights analysis of government responses to the economic crisis" aims to deepen our understanding of how governments have conducted themselves and how effective economic policies have been in defending and strengthening the enjoyment of human rights in a time of multiple and interlocking social and economic crises. The information, views and recommendations presented in this report are derived from the responses to a questionnaire, along with complementary research conducted on specific measures and country responses.
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Tue Apr 20 2010- Halifax Initiative
Finance and Debt
Fifteen years is enough
A lot has changed since 1995, partly in response to the Halifax G7 Summit and subsequent G7 and G8 meetings. Too many of these improvements, however, exist only on paper. Beyond the surface, the neo-liberal, market-oriented bias that guides the Bank and Fund’s agenda and thinking has not altered. The 2010 G8 Summit in Toronto in 2010 takes place during another "time of change and opportunity". The financial crisis has spurred many civil society organizations (CSOs) to insist on far-reaching changes to the global financial system and its institutions. Clearly, as this publication will illustrate, 15 years of refusing to deal with the manifest shortcomings of the global economic system is enough.
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Between 2005 and 2010, ITeM monitored the activities of international financial institutions in Latin America. This site includes the documentation generated in that effort.
Tue Jun 29 2010
The G-20 Toronto Summit Declaration - June 26-27, 2010 (pdf)

Mon Jun 28 2010
G8 Muskoka Declaration recovery and new beginnings

Fri Apr 23 2010
World People’s Conference on Climate Change and the Rights of Mother Earth - Peoples Agreement

Online petition for debt moratorium amid the economic and climate crises

October 12 – 18, 2009: Week of Global Action against Debt and the IFI's

Our World is not for Sale
The "Our World is not for Sale" (OWINFS) network is a loose grouping of organizations, activists and social movements worldwide fighting the current model of corporate globalization embodied in global trading system. OWINFS is committed to a sustainable, socially just, democratic and accountable multilateral trading system.

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External debt
World Bank
International Monetary Fund - IMF
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