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date: 05 May 2021

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This chapter explores the relationship between the policy development and lending programs of International Financial Institutions (IFI) and the Women, Peace, and Security agenda. Using the examples of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank, we demonstrate the importance of IFIs for advancement of the WPS agenda. We make the case for the relevance of the WPS agenda to IFIs given their institutional mandates and commitment to gender and global development agendas, as well as their more recent emphasis and commitment with respect to “fragility, conflict and violence” (FCV) contexts. Moreover, this chapter explores practical ways to integrate these agendas, bringing IFIs into WPS and vice versa. To this end, we evaluate existing initiatives, such as development and financial commitments to FCV states, donors and conflict-affected country WPS National Action Plans, and World Bank country strategies, in order to identify entry points and opportunities for bolstering the political economy tools of the to-date largely security and human rights-focused WPS agenda.

Keywords: International Financial Institutions, International Monetary Fund, World Bank, Global Development agenda, political economy

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