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United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs

UN DESA World Economic Situation and Prospects 2022

The global economic recovery is facing significant headwinds amid new waves of COVID-19 infections, persistent labour market challenges, lingering supply-chain...
Chiara Mariotti

Why the IMF Resilience and Sustainability Trust is not a silver bullet for Covid-19 recovery and the fight against climate change

Intended by the IMF as a means to redistribute rich countries’ unused Special Drawing Rights (SDRs), the current design of...
Recourse

Out of the Shadows: Integrating climate change into IMF Technical Assistance

This report examines several recent IMF technical assistance reports and assesses the extent to which the assistance provided was compatible...
Recourse

Missing Links: How climate change remains peripheral to IMF economic surveillance activities

This report tests whether bilateral economic surveillance effectively is playing the central role that the IMF claims, in the Fund’s...
Alexander Kentikelenis

Austerity Redux: The Post-pandemic Wave of Budget Cuts and the Future of Global Public Health

Is austerity a thing of the past? In this article, the authors review available evidence, focusing on public spending projections...

GLOBAL INCOME INEQUALITY, 1820-2020

In this paper, Lucas Chancel and Thomas Piketty mobilize newly available historical series from the World Inequality Database to construct world income distribution...
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...

Global austerity alert: Looming budget cuts in 2021-25 and alternative pathways

The Global Austerity Alert is published by ITUC, Public Services International, Bretton Woods Project, Third World Network, Arab Watch Coalition...
Financial Transparency Coalition

Towards a People's Recovery: Tracking Fiscal and Social Protection Responses to Covid-19 in the Global South

The vast majority of Covid-19 recovery funds have gone to big corporations instead of toward welfare, small firms, or those...
Chiara Mariotti

The trillion dollar question: What difference will the IMF’s new SDRs allocation make to the world’s poorest?

The US$650 billion allocation of SDRs proposed by the IMF will not support the post-Covid economic recovery of the poorest...

The Pandemic Papers: Reviews of Covid-19's impact on debt and development finance

In this compilation of reports and briefings released throughout 2020, we review the impact of the pandemic on debt and...

Unhealthy conditions: IMF loan conditionality and its impact on health financing

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) practice of attaching policy conditions to its loans for crisis-hit countries continues to trigger outrage...