Land

Analysis

IFC investments implicated in land grabs in Africa

IFC investments through financial intermediary investments linked to land grabs and displacement in Africa. CSOs critique proposed changes to IFC lending policies.

3 July 2017

Finance

News

Deepening World Bank and AIIB cooperation: Locking in a failed development model?

Co-financing arrangements and increased World Bank-AIIB cooperation on mega-infrastructure projects represent a dangerous global trend that threatens human rights and locks in a failed development model.

3 July 2017

Conditionality

News

IMF Ukraine programme’s impact on women’s rights criticised at Human Rights Council

WILPF submitted a statement to Human Rights Council criticising the IMF's Ukraine programme. The statement argued that the programme's harsh conditionalities hurt women in particular and called for a human rights based approach to macroeconomic policy making.

3 July 2017

Finance

News

Sub-Saharan Africa IMFC statement warns against protectionist trends

Sub-Saharan Africa IMFC statement warns against protectionist trends in developed world, and the impacts of capital outflows. The statement calls for tighter financial sector regulation and for third chair for sub-Saharan Africa on the IMF Board.

3 July 2017

Rights

News

IMF conditions weaken labour rights, World Bank labour policy inconsistent

March IMF policy paper advocates liberalisation and lowering of labour market protections although makes case for stimulus when there is 'available fiscal space'. World Bank displays inconsistent labour policy implementation. IMF U-turn on advice regarding Germany’s introduction of minimum wage.

3 July 2017

Conditionality

Commentary

Protecting the victories of the ‘IMF Spring’

The IMF's recognition of the importance of inequality is under threat. Concerns have been raised about complacency and even the reversal of the IMF's recent progress on inequality, while IMF staff continue to operationalise new policy advice on inequality in surveillance and lending programmes.

3 July 2017

Conditionality

Analysis

The truth behind IMF’s claims to promote social protection in low-income countries

Newly published self-congratulatory IMF policy paper on impacts of loan programmes on social protection is self-referential and ignores available evidence.

16 June 2017 | Guest analysis

Infrastructure

Commentary

Landmark community dialogue in Nepal: Is the World Bank learning?

Following longstanding conflict over a World Bank-funded power line project in Nepal, dating back to 2009, communities express hope that a World Bank-supported dialogue initiative will result in a fair dispute resolution process and meaningful consultation.

22 May 2017

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Finance

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IFI governance

News

World Bank appoints Georgieva as CEO of IBRD and IDA

In October, World Bank President Jim Yong Kim announced the appointment of Kristalina Georgieva as chief executive officer of IBRD and IDA.

3 July 2017

Environment

News

IPN calls for improved supervision of environmental assessments

IPN launched third Emerging Lessons Series report on the environmental assessment of World Bank projects at the IMF and World Bank spring meetings.

3 July 2017

Accountability

News

CAO opens case in Chile on World Bank project Alto Maipo

In March CAO found a complaint on behalf of communities affected by IFC’s investment in the Alto Maipo hydroelectric project in Chile eligible for further assessment.

3 July 2017

Accountability

News

Civil society calls for greater independence of Inspection Panel

In April, Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) wrote a letter to the World Bank executive directors calling for the inclusion of independent external stakeholders on the selection committee of the Inspection Panel.

3 July 2017

Conditionality

News

Suriname walks away from IMF conditionalities

The government of Suriname has cancelled its loan programme with the IMF, claiming its conditionalities were too much to bear for its citizens.

3 July 2017

Accountability

News

CSO letter raises concerns about World Bank security personnel safeguards

CSO ICAR submitted a letter to the World Bank about safeguarding provisions on the use of public and private security personnel. Concerns were raised about the inappropriate use of force and high-risk situations.

3 July 2017