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Global Development: Activism

Activist Organizations

Above Ground. Goal is to fundamentally transform the international financial system and its institutions, namely the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund and export credit agencies.  Successor organization to the Halifax Initiative. 

Action Africa. Oldest organization in the U.S. working on African affairs. Includes position papers on the World Bank & IMF as well as the UN involvement in Darfur.

Bank Information Center. Partners with civil society to influence the World Bank and other international financial institutions (IFIs) to promote social and economic justice and ecological sustainability.

Bretton Woods Project. Works to scrutinize and influence the World Bank and IMF. Through briefings, reports and a bimonthly digest it monitors the projects, policy reforms and the overall management of the Bretton Woods institutions.

Focus on the Global South. Combines policy research, advocacy, and grassroots capacity building to generate critical analysis and encourage debates on national and international policies.

Global Justice Now. UK based NGO focusing on world poverty and a wide range of development topics - climate change, debt relief, World Bank & IMF reform, etc. 

International Accountability Project. Public interest organization offering legal support to people seeking to hold international financial institutions (IFIs) accountable for violations of environmental and human rights law.

International Forum on Globalization. Alliance of activists, scholars, economists, researchers and writers formed to stimulate new thinking, activity, and public education in response to economic globalization.

One Campaign. International non-profit organization which aims to increase government funding for and effectiveness of international aid programs.

Third World Network. Non-profit international network of organizations involved in issues relating to development, the Third World and North-South issues.

Activist Books

This is a small bibliography that address international financial institutions (IFIs) and development.  The Library has many similar titles. Use Oskicat to search for topics like "globalization economic aspects" or by the name of the institution.

Carroll, Toby. Delusions of Development: the World Bank and the Post-Washington Consensus in Southeast Asia. New York. Palgrave Macmillan, 2010.

Furia, Annalisa. The Foreign Aid Regime : Gift-Giving, States and Global Dis/order.[Basingstoke] : Palgrave Pivot, 2015.

Gould, Erica R. Money Talks: the International Monetary Fund, Conditionality, and Supplementary Financiers. Stanford, Calif. : Stanford University Press, 2006.

Hancock, Graham.  Lords of Poverty: the Free-Wheeling Lifestyles, Power, Prestige and Corruption of the multi-billion Dollar Aid Business. London : Macmillan London, 1989.

Karim, Labia.  Microfinance and its Discontents : Women in Debt in Bangladesh.Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, 2011.

Peet, Richard.  Unholy Trinity: the IMF, World Bank and WTO. 2nd ed. London.  New York : Zed Books , 2009.

Rich, Bruce.  Foreclosing the Future: the World Bank and the Politics of Environmental Destruction. Washington, DC : Island Press, 2013.

Rowden, Rick. The Deadly Ideas of Neoliberalism: how the IMF has undermined public health and the fight against AIDS.  London ; New York : Zed Books, 2009.

Sinclair, Hugh.  Confessions of a Microfinance Heretic: How Microlending Lost Its Way and Betrayed the Poor. San Francisco : Berrett-Koehler Publishers, 2012.

Stiglitz, Joseph. Globalization and its Discontents. New York: W.W. Norton, 2002.

Stiglitz, Joseph. Globalization and its discontents revisited : anti-globalization in the era of Trump. New York : W.W. Norton, 2018.

Toussaint, Eric. Bank of the South: an Alternate to IMF-World Bank. Mumbai : Vikas Adhyayan Kendra, 2007.

Weaver, Catherine. Hypocrisy Trap: the World Bank and the poverty of reform. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2008.