Areas of Engagement


More than 500 organisations and academics from 87 countries, including the Society for International Development (SID), have issued a statement yesterday calling on the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to stop promoting austerity and instead support policies that advance gender justice, reduce inequality, and put people and planet first.

The session will feature: 

Daniela Gabor (University of the West of England) 

María José Romero (Eurodad)

Crystal Simeoni  (Nawi – Afrifem Macroeconomics Collective) 

Richard Montgomery (World Bank Executive Director, UK) 

Discussant: Jennifer del Rosario-Malonzo (IBON International)

Moderator: Stefano Prato (Society for International Development)

This session will assess IFIs’ policies in contexts of crises and conflicts, mainly in the Mena Region, by examining the existing policies and their impact on inequality. It aims also to look into countries with ongoing IMF negotiations, in light of country specific contexts, such as the economic failure in Lebanon and the inability to negotiate, and the case of emergency lending in Egypt. Finally, it will assess IMF policies on a regional level as they relate to the effect of the pandemic.

As millions mobilize across the globe to demand urgent action to respond to the climate crisis, it is time to reset our societal relationship with nature. Despite our deep connection with the rest of our living environment, modern (Western) thinking and actions, including policy-making, treat humans and the rest of nature as two separate and independent spheres. But global warming and mass extinction force us to make a drastic change. 

After decades of de-regulation and privatisation policies around the world, private actors are playing increasing role in many sectors, from education and health, to water, food and housing.

The session will take place on Monday 28th of September at 8am (EDT) / 2pm (CET). 

As the Covid-19 pandemic has exacerbated existing debt vulnerabilities and triggered a new debt crisis. Despite the urgency of the situation, the multilateral response has been insufficient and many challenges remain unaddressed. The session will discuss policy alternatives to address the debt problem in developing countries.