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

Environment

Background

World Bank green bonds

The World Bank group supports the growth of the green bond market through the IBRD and the IFC to “catalyse the market through strategic issuances of green bonds based on their triple-A ratings.”

29 September 2014
Photo credit: Amnesty International

Rights

News

Evicted Nigerian residents denied full investigation by World Bank’s Inspection Panel

Some 9,000 evicted residents of a Lagos community denied justice by the World Bank's Inspection Panel as Amnesty International says the Bank is "complicit" in the process.

19 August 2014

Other news

Social services

News

29 September 2014

World Bank: education is a "private good"

A World Bank blog about the benefits of private schooling has been contravened by a UN committee and heavily criticised by civil society

Finance

News

29 September 2014

IMF augments new lending facilities after earlier reviews

An IMF review of three new lending facilities has resulted in only "cosmetic" changes critics say.

IFI governance

News

29 September 2014

World Bank appoints remaining global practice directors

The remaining vacancies in the World Bank’s new global practices and cross cutting solutions areas, which emerged as part of the Bank’s 2013 strategy, have been filled.

Finance

News

29 September 2014

UN backs sovereign debt mechanism

UN votes to adopt developing countries’ resolution on a legal framework for debt resolution, independent of creditors, including the IMF.

Finance

News

29 September 2014

IFC criticised over Peruvian mine investment

IFC’s accountability mechanism has criticised a series of errors in IFC’s social and environmental risk management of its Peruvian Quellaveco mine investment.

Land

News

29 September 2014

Call on World Bank to stop Uzbekistan loans

The World Bank has been called on to postpone two proposed loans to the agricultural sector in Uzbekistan, given the risks of forced and child labour.

Infrastructure

News

29 September 2014

New briefing: Multilateral Development Banks' unburnable carbon

Bretton Woods Project has published a briefing examining five MDBs' fossil fuel investments and exposure to the carbon bubble.

Rights

News

29 September 2014

CAO to assess two new Dinant complaints

The Compliance Advisor Ombudsman will assess two new complaints related to the IFC's controversial investment in Honduran palm oil company Dinant.