International Monetary Fund

"The Girl Knight" banner from Kenyan artist Eric Muthoga, on the World Bank building.

Blog: World Bank and IMF meetings – battle of the brands

It’s the time of year when Washington DC fills up with finance ministers, development ministers and central bank governors, all in town for a G20 meeting and for the annual meetings of the World Bank and IMF. Oxfam is also here, lobbying for policies that benefit people living in poverty, and trying to keep attention on the most marginalized in the midst of fears about eurozone debt and US deficits.

Blog: The IMF on the Root Causes of the Global Economic Crisis

This blog is part of a short series of Oxfam blogs on the role of international financial institutions, and the fight against poverty.

The IMF has quietly issued a surprising piece of research that speaks directly to who and what is to blame for the global economic crisis: that is, US politicians at the national level who loosened regulation of mortgage lenders and on the rest of the US financial sector.

Sub-Saharan Africa Revenue Trends. Total revenue increased from 13.3% to 15.6% of GDP between 1990-1994 and 2000-2006.

Blog: Tax Collection Stagnates in Low-Income Countries: What’s Been the IMF’s Role?

This is the first of a short series of Oxfam blogs on the role of international financial institutions, and the fight against poverty.

Government tax collection in low-income countries stagnated throughout the 1990s and 2000s, according to a new paper by the Center for Development Policy at the University of London.

Dans le cadre du programme d'Oxfam "argent contre travail", des sinistrés haïtiens sont en train de nettoyer le camp de fortune créé sur le terrain de golf de Pétionville (Port-au-Prince, Haïti). Crédit: Coco McCabe / Oxfam

Blog: Dette d'Haïti : votre voix a fait la différence

Il y a un peu plus d’une semaine, une coalition d’organisations, dont Oxfam, lançait une campagne destinée à aider l’Etat haïtien à se reconstruire sur le long-terme, après le terrible séisme qui a dévasté le pays.

Avec votre soutien, nous avons voulu convaincre le Fonds monétaire international (FMI) et la communauté internationale d’annuler la dette d’Haïti qui, avant le tremblement de terre, s’élevait à plus de 890 millions de dollars américains.

As part of Oxfam's cash-for-work program, residents are cleaning up the camp on the Petionville golf course. Credit: Coco McCabe/Oxfam America.

Blog: Haiti's debt – your voice has made a difference

Just over a week ago worldwide coalition of organisations, including Oxfam, launched a campaign to help Haiti’s long-term recovery from the terrible earthquake that has devastated the country.

With your support we wanted to persuade the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the international community to cancel Haiti's debt, which before the earthquake stood at a staggering $890 million dollars.

An estimated 1.6m additional primary teachers are needed in sub-Saharan Africa to reach education for all by 2015. (UNESCO) Photo: Oxfam

Blog: The antidote to crisis

I’m writing this from a windowless room in the IMF basement where our Oxfam team has been camped out for almost a week covering the World Bank and International Monetary Fund Spring Meetings. You can really lose your perspective down here, away from the sunlight and the bustling streets of Washington. So we keep reminding each other to get outside to enjoy a few minutes of spring sunshine every once in a while to stay grounded.

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