Maria Jose Romero

Maria Jose Romero

2020 IMF and World Bank Annual Meetings: Disappointing response to Coronavirus crisis

Last week was a crucial week for the citizens of developing countries, who are being hit hard by the Coronavirus crisis. They are facing increasing poverty, growing inequality and uncertain futures – and were looking to the world's leaders for decisive action. Yet despite a week of stirring rhetoric from G20, International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank (WB) leaders, who claim they are determined to tackle the crisis, the results are deeply disappointing. What is clear is that world leaders and the Bretton Woods institutions need to take much more ambitious steps to deliver in the public interest. 

  • Development Finance
  • Covid-19
Maria Jose Romero

Never let a pandemic go to waste: How the World Bank’s Covid-19 response is prioritising the private sector

The Covid-19 pandemic has triggered health, economic and social crises of unprecedented proportions that have the potential to seriously undermine the (already slow) progress made by developing countries towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.

  • Publicly-backed Private Finance
  • Global Processes
Maria Jose Romero

G20 Finance Ministers: Lack of action leaves developing countries shouldering a heavy burden

This weekend, G20 Finance Ministers passed up the chance to scale up debt relief to developing countries, demonstrating a galling lack of urgency in the face of the debt crisis engulfing a pandemic-stricken globe. Worse still, their approach risks making a bad situation worse.

  • Debt Justice
  • Debt Resolution
Maria Jose Romero

International development and the next EU budget

An analysis of the European Commission's proposals on EFSD and EFSD+ in the revised NDICI and Next Generation EU.

  • Development Finance
  • Covid-19
Isabelle Brachet

Developing countries need grants not more debt to recover from the Covid-19 crisis

Piling on more debt on to the shoulders of developing countries will not help them recover from the Covid-19 crisis, write Isabelle Brachet and Maria Jose Romero.

  • Debt Justice
  • Debt Resolution
Maria Jose Romero

Development finance in times of Covid-19: Time for a rethink at the World Bank

Before Covid-19 most discussions on development finance were focused on using public money and institutions to ‘leverage’ private finance. The pandemic has, however, exposed the consequences of decades of austerity policies and privatisation strategies.

  • Publicly-backed Private Finance
  • Covid-19
Maria Jose Romero

IMF-World Bank Spring Meetings 2020: a world in crisis looks for leadership

The International Monetary Fund (IMF)-World Bank virtual Spring Meetings took place as global economic turmoil deepened

  • Publicly-backed Private Finance
Maria Jose Romero

The Spring meetings 2020: A make or break moment

The world is facing an unprecedented humanitarian crisis triggered by the outbreak of COVID-19. As the Bretton Woods Institutions (BWIs) deliver their virtual Spring Meetings, there are strong calls for an ambitious response.

  • Publicly-backed Private Finance
Maria Jose Romero

América Latina y la epidemia de Covid-19: una crónica de múltiples crisis (II)

Este es el segundo de una serie de artículos sobre el brote de coronavirus y su impacto en América Latina. En el primer artículo exploramos los factores subyacentes de la emergencia sanitaria, incluyendo las políticas de austeridad y una mayor participación del sector privado a través de las asociaciones público-privadas (APP) en los servicios de salud.

  • Publicly-backed Private Finance
  • Debt Sustainability
Maria Jose Romero

América Latina y la epidemia de Covid-19: una crónica de múltiples crisis (I)

Este es el primero de dos artículos que analizan cómo está afectando a los países de América Latina la epidemia de coronavirus. En este artículo, exploramos la naturaleza de los sistemas de salud de la región, incluida su dimensión de género, las recientes políticas de austeridad implementadas en varios países y los desafíos planteados por la mayor participación del sector privado en la atención sanitaria a través de, por ejemplo, las asociaciones público-privadas (APP).

  • Publicly-backed Private Finance
  • Debt Sustainability