The IMF, Gender Equality and Expenditure Policy

Improving global governance
Posted Dec 07, 2017 | Center for Economic and Social Rights, Kate Donald, Nicholas Lusiani

Austerity measures to reduce public expenditure often have economic, political and social costs that are largely shouldered by women. Palliative measures like social safety nets and targeted gender programs do little to alleviate those inequities. In this briefing by Center for Economic and Social Rights, Kate Donald and Nicholas Lusiani assess the changing stance of the IMF on contractions in public expenditure and their effect on women.  They explore the Fund’s influence on public expenditure decisions, and explain how public spending cuts impact women’s human rights disproportionately. They suggest that the Fund should prioritise efforts to implement robust, progressive tax and fiscal alternatives, to prevent the negative effects of fiscal adjustment.


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