Barbados sunset. Credit: Carol Munro

Environment

Analysis

A new dawn for climate finance as Climate Investment Funds sunset?

As the board meeting of the new Green Climate Fund (GCF) gets underway, a new Bretton Woods Project blog looks at the track record of climate finance to date through the World Bank-hosted Climate Investment Funds.

13 October 2014
Credit: International accountability project

IFI governance

Analysis

World Bank-IMF annual meetings 2014

Bretton Woods Project coverage of the 2014 annual meetings with links to analysis of the communiqués and notes of key civil society and official meetings.

2 October 2014
Credit: Amnesty International

Rights

Commentary

Is Inspection Panel's new pilot weakening World Bank accountability?

World Bank’s Inspection Panel's new pilot process has left some 9,000 evicted people in Nigeria without adequate remedy, allowing the Bank to avoid accountability

29 September 2014
Hospital Metropolitano, Nicaragua's leading private hospital, a recent IFC investment; Credit: Hospital Metropolitano

Social services

News

A poor diagnosis: the World Bank’s health record

World Bank health financing benefits wealthy elites not poorest according to new IEG evaluation and Oxfam analysis

29 September 2014
Credit:  Marie-Lan Nguyen and January

Finance

Analysis

Ghana and the IMF – a window into Africa’s future?

Ghana's recent turn to the IMF raises questions about the 'Africa rising' narrative and may signal a stronger role for the Fund in the region.

29 September 2014
Burma jim kim

Accountability

Analysis

Conflict-affected states, IFC’s final frontier

The IFC is set to expand operations in fragile and conflict-affected states such as Burma, despite indications that systemic problems identified in Honduras persist.

29 September 2014
Luxury hotel room in Goa, India

Private Sector

News

“Affordable hotels”: IFC’s luxury development projects

IFC investments in Burma hotels have been criticised for weak poverty reduction impact. IFC claims that investment in luxury hotels in India will provide “affordable hotels”.

29 September 2014
Kosovo A coal power plant, proposed to be replaced by a new coal power plant with associated expansion of a lignite mine leading to displacements. Photo: Kate Geary

Infrastructure

News

Risking the bottom line? World Bank infrastructure initiatives criticised

The Global Infrastructure Facility is expected to be launched as a World Bank-hosted programme in October. Concerns remain about the Bank’s continued support for fossil fuel infrastructure.

29 September 2014

Other news

IFI governance

Background

11 October 2014

Sovereign debt restructuring: options, obstacles and opportunities

Notes of a meeting on sovereign debt restructuring at the World Bank-IMF annual meetings 2014

IFI governance

Background

11 October 2014

The impact of the BRICS’ Contingent Reserve Arrangement (CRA) and the New Development Bank (NDB)

Notes of a meeting on BRICS’ Contingent Reserve Arrangement (CRA) and the New Development Bank (NDB) at the World Bank-IMF annual meetings 2014

IFI governance

Background

10 October 2014

UK civil society meeting with UK World Bank Executive Director Gwen Hines

Notes of a meeting with World Bank executive director Gwen Hines in October 2014.

IFI governance

Background

10 October 2014

IFC Update on Dinant financing

Notes of an IFC update on Dinant financing at the World Bank-IMF annual meetings 2014

IFI governance

Background

10 October 2014

Discussion with the IFC/MIGA Compliance Advisor Ombudsman (CAO)

Notes of a discussion with the IFC/MIGA Compliance Advisor Ombudsman (CAO) at the World Bank-IMF annual meetings 2014

IFI governance

Background

10 October 2014

From interim strategy to full country partnership: lessons from Myanmar

Notes of a meeting on Myanmar's transition to full country partnership at the World Bank/IMF annual meetings 2014

IFI governance

Background

9 October 2014

Financing for development: What actions are needed on debt and illicit capital flows?

Notes of a meeting on financing for development at the World Bank-IMF annual meetings 2014

IFI governance

Background

9 October 2014

Matching money and expertise: ensuring conflict sensitivity is top of the agenda for the bank's fragile state financing

Notes of a meeting on matching money and expertise at the World Bank-IMF annual meetings 2014