The World Bank was accused of “behaving like vultures, like loan sharks” by US NGO 50 Years is Enough Campaign after it offered to help finance emergency relief efforts in El Salvador in the wake of January’s earthquake. The group was complaining about the use of hard currency loans for this purpose. Under its current programme for El Salvador, the World Bank has earmarked US$375m in loans for ongoing projects. Damage estimates are about US$1bn. IMF staff are also in discussions with the government about a possible standby programme.
In the news
Bretton Woods Project briefing on MDBs' fossil fuel investments and exposure to the carbon bubble
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.
The Bretton Woods Project is an ActionAid hosted project (UK registered charity no. 274467).