Pro-poor or anti-poor? The World Bank and IMF’s approach to social protection

Organization(s): Bretton Woods Project
Author: Stephen Kidd
Year: 2018
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In recent years, the World Bank and IMF have played an influential role in shaping national social protection policies. Social protection comprises a significant share of World Bank loans, reaching almost 10 per cent of lending to low-income countries in 2017, while around 10 per cent of IMF loans include
conditionality linked to social protection. While the institutions collaborate closely on social protection, questions are being asked about the approach of both institutions to the issue.

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