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What Should We Ask from the IMF on Climate Change?

While the world’s decision makers are now rightly focusing on the COVID-19 crisis and its potentially devastating economic aftermath, the climate change agenda has been moved from the center stage. As the world begins to rethink what the post COVID-19 economic order will look like, climate change will again play a key role. And so will the IMF.  

Uwarugira Adele works at the call center in Kasha's office in Rwanda

A Gender Lens on COVID-19: Pandemics and Violence against Women and Children

Early in the COVID-19 outbreak, we have seen increased reports of increased intimate partner violence (IPV) and violence against children. In China’s Jianli County, for example, the local police station reported receiving 162 reports of IPV in February—three times what was reported in February 2019. Existing research about pandemics and disease outbreaks aligns with the increased violence stemming from COVID-19 and related response efforts.

The World Bank's headquarters in Washington, DC. Photo by Ryan Rayburn / World Bank

The COVID-19 Crisis Is the Time for the World Bank to Embrace Bold Economic Policies

It is often said that governments “fight the last war” during times of economic crisis. But based on David Malpass’ remarks from last week’s G20 Finance Ministers call, it appears the World Bank is preparing to fight the wars of the 1990s by revamping old—and largely discredited—crisis policy prescriptions to address what is likely to be a severe economic downturn caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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