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  • The Bretton Woods Project works to scrutinise and influence the World Bank and IMF. Through briefings, reports and a bimonthly digest (the Bretton Woods Update) it monitors the projects, policy reforms and the overall management of the Bretton Woods institutions, with special emphasis on environmental and social concerns … (created as an independent initiative by a group of British NGOs) … (full text about).
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Address: Bretton Woods Project, c/o Action Aid, Hamlyn House, Macdonald Road, London N19 5PG, UK;

What is the Bretton Woods Project? The Bretton Woods Project works as a networker, information-provider, media informant and watchdog to scrutinise and influence the World Bank and International Monetary Fund (IMF).

Through briefings, reports and the bimonthly digest Bretton Woods Update, it monitors projects, policy reforms and the overall management of the Bretton Woods institutions with special emphasis on environmental and social concerns.

Created as an independent initiative by a group of British non-governmental organisations (NGOs), it works with an extensive network to press for increased transparency and civil society participation in World Bank and IMF policies and interventions. This includes over 7000 non-governmental organisations, policy-makers, journalists, researchers and parliamentarians worldwide.

By encouraging information exchange and debate, it seeks to move the Bretton Woods institutions (World Bank and IMF) away from simplistic approaches to development. Priority areas include:

  • World Bank and IMF roles
  • structural adjustment & poverty reduction strategies (PRS)
  • the environment
  • social issues
  • the World Bank as a knowledge bank
  • governance and accountability

Publications and services:

  • Bretton Woods Update is a bimonthly digest of key World Bank and IMF initiatives, controversial policy trends, projects and debate. The Update is read by nearly 10,000 key officials, journalists, NGOs and researchers and is respected as a reliable source of information on the Bretton Woods institutions. It is available on the web, in print or can be emailed as plain text. The Update is also available electronically in Spanish. The results of the 2006 survey of Update readers is also available.
  • Briefings and reports are produced to clarify issues in-depth in non-technical language. To be alerted about new briefings see our subscription page.


  • Networking and information exchange among the wide range of people and organisations interested in the World Bank and IMF is one of the key functions of the Bretton Woods Project. We are are a founding member of IFIWatchnet and are a supporting organisation of
  • In addition to NGOs, academics, parliamentarians, journalists and activists worldwide, the Project facilitates contacts with staff of the Bretton Woods institutions and decision-makers in bilateral aid ministries. It is often asked to advise NGOs in Europe, North America and the South planning meetings, reports and campaigns. Many from governmental and intergovernmental organisations also contact the Bretton Woods Project for briefings or to find out about NGOs working on particular issues.

Organisational structure and origins:

  • The Bretton Woods Project was established in 1995 by the Development and Environment Group (DEG), a network of UK-based NGOs, to facilitate monitoring of the social and environmental impacts of World Bank and IMF policies and projects. The Project coordinates and consults with the UK BWI network, over 50 organisations working in development, environment and human rights. The Bretton Woods Project Steering Group, meets on a regular basis to advise and review Project activities. The Project is funded by the NGOs in the UK BWI network, the CS Mott Foundation, the Ford Foundation, and the Rockefeller Brothers Fund.
  • Publication of the Bretton Woods Update is supported by Oxfam-Novib. Support is received from the European Union to support UK work in the Counterbalance coalition which monitors the European Investment Bank and a European civil society project on the inpact of the financial sector on development. Under no circumstances should our work be regarded as reflecting the position of the European Union.
  • At present, the Bretton Woods Project is an ActionAid-hosted project (Registered charity no. 274467, Registered office: ActionAid, Hamlyn House, Macdonald Rd, London N19 5PG, UK).

For details of activities, support and expenses, please refer to the annual reports listed below: … (full text).

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