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Chiara Mariotti

Talking straight on SDRs: What’s needed for fair and transparent distribution

In the space of a few months, Special Drawing Rights (SDRs) - supplementary reserve assets created by the International Monetary Fund - have gone from being a topic for IMF geeks to the talk of the town. There are two main issues at stake.

This is the first blog in a series of blogs on SDRs.

  • Aid Effectiveness
  • SDRs
Daniel Munevar

Liquid illusions: Who really benefits from the Liquidity and Sustainability Facility?

During the past year, the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, in partnership with the US asset management firm PIMCO, has advocated for the establishment of a Liquidity and Sustainability Facility (LSF). The LSF has been presented as a mechanism to support countries in Africa in the aftermath of the Covid-19 pandemic. But which countries and investors really stand to benefit? 

  • Development Finance
  • Covid-19
Farwa Sial

The relentless quest to mobilise private investment in infrastructure: more de-risking is not the answer

While G7 leaders argue that they "aim for a step change" in their approach to infrastructure financing, a market-led approach is still at the heart of the G7’s plan to "build back better" for the world. In the following blog, María José Romero, Farwa Sial and Flora Sonkin analyse the proposals, the risks and an alternative way of thinking about infrastructure.

  • Publicly-backed Private Finance
  • Infrastructure
Farwa Sial

Private Finance for a Post- Pandemic Africa? The Trouble with Macron’s New Africa Summit

The Summit on the Financing of African Economies convened by the French President, Emmanuel Macron last week was mostly a rhetorical exercise in supporting Africa’s post-pandemic recovery and resilience-building.

  • Publicly-backed Private Finance
  • Covid-19
Jason Rosario Braganza

Opinion: Will rich nations finally deliver solutions to the debt crisis?

We are at a crucial juncture. Global discussions on how to respond to low- and middle-income countries’ increasing debt burdens could lead us to a prolonged debt crisis in the global south, especially in Africa, or to game-changing debt architecture reform. The question is: What path will high-income countries choose?

  • Debt Justice
  • Debt Sustainability
Chiara Mariotti

How many scandals will it take for the World Bank to start doing rights not rankings?

  • The publication of the World Banks’ 2021 Doing Business Report was stopped in August 2020 following a scandal that uncovered data manipulation and altered scores in four countries.
  • As a result of these irregularities, Saudi Arabia was named the top improving economy of 2020 around the time of the “Davos in the Desert” summit and a year after the Khashoggi murder.
  • The World Bank has launched another review of the Doing Business methodology and is finally seeking feedback from CSOs, but for a meaningful and participatory consultation it must extend the deadline for feedback and organise a follow-up discussion.
  • Aid Effectiveness
  • IFIs

Bangladesh, Covid-19 and Debt

The Covid-19 crisis threatens to erode two-decades' of progress on poverty reduction in Bangladesh. This difficult situation highlights the need for a more ambitious response to the crisis.

  • Debt Justice
  • Covid-19
Eurodad

Covid-19 crisis: Key ingredients for a feminist recovery

In this second part of our blog series on Covid-19 from a feminist perspective, we look at what needs to be considered when designing policy responses to the Covid-19 socio-economic crisis.

Read part one

  • Gender Justice
Eurodad

Covid-19 crisis: How the pandemic is deepening gender inequalities

In this first part of our blog series on Covid-19 from a feminist perspective, we look at how the pandemic is impacting women and girls and deepening gender divides.

Read part two

  • Gender Justice
Chiara Mariotti

Mind the gap: It’s time for the IMF to close the gap between rhetoric and practice

As countries face the difficult challenge of recovering from the Covid-19 pandemic, civil society is calling on the IMF to finally close the gap between its rhetoric and practice by no longer recommending austerity measures in long-term loan programmes.

  • Development Finance
  • IFIs