credit: Centre for Research on Globalization

IFI governance

Analysis

A major political move: the BRICS launch the New Development Bank and a reserve arrangement

A new article, co-written by Eurodad and the Bretton Woods Project, analyses the BRICS' newly launched bank and reserve arrangement.

18 July 2014
A private affair Eurodad report

Private Sector

Analysis

Factsheet: World Bank’s IFC and private finance for development

This factsheet explains how the International Finance Corporation (IFC) operates, how development impact is measured, and the latest trends in investments by sector, region and instrument.

14 July 2014

Background

Luiz Vieira joins the Project

Luiz has joined the Project as Coordinator. Previously he served for eight years as the chief of mission for the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in Timor Leste.

14 July 2014
Indigenous peoples protest against REDD in Durban, 2011 (credit: Langelle. GJEP-GFC)

Environment

Analysis

World Bank forests projects under fire

World Bank continues to strongly back REDD+ forest projects, which have been criticised for not consulting indigenous peoples or respecting land rights.

20 June 2014
Oyu Tolgoi mine (credit London Mining Network)

Environment

News

World Bank funded mines threatening livelihoods

Civil society groups criticise IFC investments worth hundreds of millions of dollars in mining projects in Guinea, Mongolia and Armenia for potential negative social and environment impact.

20 June 2014
scorecard

Social services

Commentary

Reproductive health: What’s the Bank's score?

The Bank has produced mixed results on reproductive health; it is imperative that as the post 2015 agenda is set, it maintains the funding and political profile of this hugely impactful public health issue.

20 June 2014

Conditionality

Analysis

IMF: Ukraine's "tough programme"; Egypt next?

The IMF’s provision of an exceptional access loan to Ukraine was presented as vital economic support, but many commentators fear that this loan is driven as much by political as economic necessity. Despite emphasising increased sensitivity to country circumstances, Fund policy recommendations in Egypt are very similar to its prescriptions for Ukraine.

20 June 2014

Knowledge

News

Business as usual: World Bank rejects Doing Business reforms

World Bank publishes minor changes to its Doing Business report, addressing only one of the criticisms of an independent panel review while activists continue to highlight the damage done by the rankings.

20 June 2014

Other news

Conditionality

News

22 July 2014

World Bank criticised for rejecting Doing Business reform

In response to the World Bank’s rejection of significant reform to its revised Doing Business Report (DBR) methodology (see Observer Summer 2014), civil society organisations wrote a letter in June to Bank president Jim Yong Kim.

Background

14 July 2014

Staff profiles

Information about the experience that staff bring to the Bretton Woods Project.

IFI governance

Background

1 July 2014

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

Land

News

27 June 2014

IFC criticised for bad smell of Ukraine loan

An IFC loan to Danish pig farming company in Ukraine has resulted in a complaint to the Compliance Advisor Ombudsdman because of the air pollution and harm to local people's health.

Rights

News

27 June 2014

ILO paper questions IMF research on labour market reforms

A recent ILO publication finds major methodological flaws in reserach papers that the IMF used to justify the weakening of labour regulation.

Land

News

20 June 2014

CAO investigation: IFC-linked rubber firm project paused

An IFC-linked Vietnamese rubber plantation company agreed to temporarily suspend activities in three Cambodian plantations, but activists urged the company to cease its activities in all communities.

Trade

News

20 June 2014

ICSID problems in the spotlight

Civil society challenges ICSID role in El Salvador mining dispute as international lawyer accuses the arbitration forum of being “seriously flawed”

Finance

News

20 June 2014

Argentina's creditors accused of “vulture-like behaviour”

Argentina has agreed a deal with its Paris Club creditors, which have been accused of aggressive behaviour in demanding repayment of double the original debt.