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The Bretton Woods Institutions and Other Governance Fora

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Opening of Bretton Woods Conference in 1944
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The World Bank and the International Monetary Fund wield tremendous power and influence, but exclude the voices of developing countries most adversely affected by financial and trade policies. Money rules at the World Bank and the IMF, and "consensus" at the World Trade Organization is often the product of behind-the-scenes "greenroom" bargaining and pressure from trade heavyweights such as the United States. These articles address the need for democratization, accessibility, accountability and transparency at all three institutions.

Global Governance Issues

This page provides articles on the need for democratization, accessibility, accountability and openness of the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, and the World Trade Organization.

The World Bank

This page posts critical information about the World Bank and the need for reform of the institution.

The International Monetary Fund

This page posts critical information about the International Monetary Fund and the need for reform of the institution.

Internal Critics of the World Bank and the IMF

This page provides information on internal critics of the World Bank and the IMF, including former World Bank chief economist Joseph Stiglitz.

The World Trade Organization

This page provides information on the World Trade Organization.
Group of Seven / Group of Eight / Group of Twenty

This page posts information on the role of the G7/G8/G20 in the global economy.

Multilateral Agreement on Investment and Related Initiatives

This page follows the MAI and other related initiatives on international investment.

NGOS and Social & Economic Justice

This page examines the mobilization of activist groups to oppose business-driven globalization.

NGOs and the Bretton Woods Institutions

This page analyzes the impact of World Bank funding and "partnerships" with NGOs. It also looks at NGOs' interactions with and reactions to the IMF.

 

 

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