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IFI governance

Background

Climate Investment Funds Monitor survey

3 November 2012

More background on this issue

IFI governance

Background

10 April 2014

CSOs - Inspection Panel meeting and discussion

IFI governance

Background

29 April 2013

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

Notes of a meeting with UK executive director to the World Bank Gwen Hines in April 2013

IFI governance

Background

22 April 2013

Bending the arc of poverty

The session focused on the World Bank's development strategy, poverty eradication goals, global inequality, and the threat of climate change.

IFI governance

Background

22 April 2013

Financial and housing crises, the Bank's safeguards and the right to adequate housing

This session featured a presentation from UN special rapporteur on the links between financial and housing crises, safeguards and the right to adequate housing.

IFI governance

Background

22 April 2013

The challenges of advancing sustainability at the World Bank

This panel discussion reflected on the major sustainability challenges facing the World Bank through exploring two World Resources Institute areas - a portfolio analysis on 2012 projects, and the interaction between country systems and World Bank safeguard approaches.

IFI governance

Background

19 April 2013

World Bank executive directors roundtable with CSOs

Minutes of an open roundtable with EDs that occurred during the 2013 spring meetings.

IFI governance

Background

19 April 2013

The private sector and poverty eradication

Minutes of an IFC event at the World Bank / IMF 2013 spring meetings

IFI governance

Background

18 February 2013

UK Civil Society Meeting with Minister of State Rt Hon Alan Duncan MP

This was a meeting on 1 October 2012, between the Minister of State of the UK's Department for International Development (DFID) and civil society representatives, focusing on the World Bank.

IFI governance

Background

6 December 2012

World Bank corporate scorecard

Every six months the World Bank issues a corporate scorecard, which is submitted each Autumn to the Bank's annual meetings. The scorecard is supposed to "provide a snapshot of the Bank's overall performance, including its business modernisation, in the context of development results." It is compiled by Bank staff to "facilitat[e] strategic dialogue between management and the board on progress made and areas that need attention."

IFI governance

Background

3 November 2012

Climate Investment Funds Monitor survey

The Bretton Woods Project launched the twice-yearly Climate Investment Funds (CIFs) Monitor in 2010 to track the development of the CIFs and highlight concerns. As it approaches our third year, we would like your input into how we can improve the CIFs Monitor to ensure that it remains a valuable resource for civil society and other interested stakeholders of the CIFs.

IFI governance

Background

12 October 2012

IMF consultation meeting on engagement with civil society: review and way forward

This session sought to gather CSO views, suggestions, and concerns on how to improve the current guidelines, including IMF consultation processes on policies, strategies, and Article. IV consultations

IFI governance

Background

11 October 2012

Global financial regulations and their Impact on major campaigns

This event was a collegial information-sharing and strategy session to explore the linkages between financial regulations and grass roots campaigns.

IFI governance

Background

3 August 2012

IFI re-engagement in Burma

Minutes of Burma and IFIs meeting, Washington DC, 18 April 2012

IFI governance

Background

23 April 2012

EIR + 10

Minutes of afternoon sessions of extractives conference, Washington DC, 23 April 2012

IFI governance

Background

21 April 2012

Lessons from IEG's Cluster Review of IFC-supported Extractive Industries Projects

Minutes of IFC and extractives meeting, Washington DC, 21 April 2012

IFI governance

Background

21 April 2012

Safeguards in a Changing Landscape

Minutes of safeguards meeting, Washington DC, 21 April 2012

IFI governance

Background

19 April 2012

Supporting Social Accountability for Better Results

Minutes of World Bank Social accountability plenary, Washington DC, 19 April 2012

IFI governance

Background

19 April 2012

Development Policy Lending (DPL) Retrospective consultation

Minutes meeting, Washington DC, 18 April 2012

IFI governance

Background

18 April 2012

UK civil society meeting UK IMF Executive Director Alex Gibbs

Notes of a meeting with UK executive director to the IMF Alex Gibbs in April 2012

IFI governance

Background

12 October 2011

UK civil society meeting with HM Treasury and UK IMF Executive Director

Notes meeting Alex Gibbs September 2011

IFI governance

Background

23 September 2011

CSO Townhall with Robert Zoellick and Christine Lagarde

Notes of meeting, Washington DC, September 22, 2011

IFI governance

Background

15 September 2011

Notes of meeting between UK Executive Director to World Bank and Civil Society Groups

Civil society organisations met UK Executive Director to the World Bank and staff from the Department for International Development to discuss water, the Bank's private sector approach, health and nutrition, safeguards review and energy strategy.

IFI governance

Background

18 April 2011

Consultation on Program for Results (P4R)

Notes of meeting, Washington DC, April 16, 2011

IFI governance

Background

18 April 2011

IFC and Financial Intermediary Lending

Notes of meeting, Washington DC, April 15, 2011

IFI governance

Background

14 April 2011

Notes of meeting between UK Executive Director to World Bank and Civil Society Groups

Civil society organisations met UK Executive Director to the World Bank and staff from the Department for International Development to discuss the World Development Report on conflict, security and development; the spring meetings and food security; the World Bank's energy strategy and performance in the health sector.

IFI governance

Background

7 March 2011

Notes of meeting between UK Executive Director to World Bank and Civil Society Groups

On February 2nd 2011 civil society organisations held a meeting with the UK Executive Director to the World Bank and staff from the Department for International Development to discuss the formation of the new Green Climate Fund, the World Bank energy startegy review, and the role of the private sector in World Bank lending.

IFI governance

Background

4 October 2010

Meeting on the World Bank between DFID and UK NGOs

Notes of a meeting between UK civil society and DFID staff.

IFI governance

Background

19 July 2010

Meeting of UK NGOs and Susanna Moorehead, UK Executive Director to the World Bank, and Rachel Turner

Notes of the meeting

IFI governance

Background

26 April 2010

A sustainable World Bank energy strategy: perspectives from various stakeholders

Civil society event at the World Bank spring meetings 2010, 23 April

IFI governance

Background

26 April 2010

Evaluation as a critical tool for accountability

Civil society event at the World Bank spring meetings 2010, 23 April

IFI governance

Background

6 April 2010

Meeting between UK civil society and Susanna Moorehead, UK Executive Director to the World Bank

Minutes of a meeting between UK civil society, UK World Bank Executive Director Susanna Moorehead, and DFID staff

IFI governance

Background

30 March 2010

Meeting between UK civil society and Alex Gibbs, UK IMF Executive Director

Minutes of a meeting between UK civil society, UK IMF Executive Director Alex Gibbs, and UK Treasury staff

IFI governance

Background

3 March 2010

Informal discussion between Rachel Kyte, IFC's Vice President for Business Advisory Services, and NG

Discussion of IFC and the financial crisis, climate change, performance standards and financial intermediaries

Finance

Background

15 February 2010

IDA replenishment

This year, donor countries will decide on their financial contributions to the World Bank's International Development Association (IDA) for 2011-2014.

IFI governance

Background

8 October 2009

IMF governance - CSO meeting with the IMF managing director

Minutes of a meeting between civil society organisations, IMF managing director Dominique Strauss-Kahn and IMF deputy managing director John Lipsky

IFI governance

Background

29 September 2009

Videoconference between UK civil society and Alex Gibbs, UK IMF Executive Director

Minutes of a meeting between UK civil society, UK IMF Executive Director Alex Gibbs, and UK Treasury staff

IFI governance

Background

22 September 2009

Safeguard policies and performance standards

Originally drafted as internal operational policies to guide staff, World Bank safeguard policies evolved after pressure from environmental and social groups in the 1980s and were first officially implemented in 1998. They aim to protect people and the environment from the adverse effects of Bank-financed operations and are based on international agreements, even if these protections are not explicitly provided for in the borrower country's national law.

IFI governance

Background

27 April 2009

IFC and broad community support

Minutes of a session hosted by the IFC at the World Bank spring meetings, April 23, 2009

IFI governance

Background

23 April 2009

Meeting between UK civil society and Douglas Alexander, Secretary of State for International Develop

Minutes of a meeting between Douglas Alexander, Secretary of State for International Development, and UK NGOs, 21 April 2009

IFI governance

Background

20 April 2009

Meeting between UK NGOs and Susanna Moorehead, UK World Bank Executive Director

Minutes of a meeting between UK civil society and UK World Bank Executive Director Susanna Moorehead

IFI governance

Background

15 April 2009

Meeting between UK civil society and Alex Gibbs, UK IMF Executive Director

Minutes of a meeting between UK civil society, UK IMF Executive Director Alex Gibbs, and UK Treasury staff

IFI governance

Background

9 October 2008

Transparency at the World Bank and IMF

Links to GTI principles, reviews of Bank performance on transparency, and a new paper on IMF transparency.

Environment

Background

25 July 2008

Highlights: Meeting of UK NGOs with UK Alternate Executive Director to the World Bank

Meeting between UK NGOs and UK Alternate Execituve Director to the World Bank -Caroline Sergeant- on July 22, 2008.

IFI governance

Background

22 February 2008

BWI-UK / UKAN workshop on World Bank strategic review

Highlights of a 13 February 2008 UK NGO workshop discussing elements of the World Bank's long-term strategic review.

IFI governance

Background

26 October 2007

Rethinking the governance of the IMF

Highlights of a 19 October discussion on the reform of IMF governance at the World Bank-IMF annual meetings 2007.

IFI governance

Background

26 October 2007

The role of low-income countries in IFI governance

Highlights of a 19 October discussion on the role of low-income countries in IMF governance at the World Bank-IMF annual meetings 2007.

IFI governance

Background

25 June 2007

Highlights of UK NGO meeting with UK Executive Director to the WB/IMF Tom Scholar

Highlights of a 22 June 2007 meeting between UK NGOs and UK executive director to the World Bank and IMF, Tom Scholar. Issues covered included review of the Bank's transport strategy, avoided deforestation, conditionality, debt, social protection and IFI governance.

IFI governance

Background

15 November 2006

Global Transparency Initiative (GTI) - regional launch

This is a summary of the Global Transparency Initiative (GTI) regional launch held at Westminster on the 2nd of November 2006.

IFI governance

Background

21 September 2005

CSO discussion with IFC/MIGA Compliance Advisor Ombudsman

IFI governance

Background

25 May 2003

Citizen complaint mechanisms in the World Bank Group

A brief outline of the workings of the Inspection Panel and the Compliance Adviser Ombudsman, the two principal complaint mechanisms of the World Bank.

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IFI governance

Analysis

Moving beyond aspirations? IFC still unable to determine the impact of its financial intermediaries investments

A new monitoring report by the Compliance Advisor Ombudsman concludes that the IFC still lacks a mechanism to determine whether its financial intermediaries investments do no harm or have a positive development impact

12 November 2014

IFI governance

Analysis

Watchdog warns World Bank private-sector lending reforms show progress, but still fall short

Joint statement by Bretton Woods Project, Eurodad and Oxfam International highlights a new report from the World Bank's watchdog, criticising the IFC's lending

4 November 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
Settlement overlooking the Tata Mundra coal power plant. Photo: Sanjeev Thareja

Infrastructure

Commentary

Tata Mundra: making a mockery of accountability

IFC criticised over Tata Mundra coal power plant in India, for ignoring recommendations from its accountability mechanism.

20 June 2014

Private Sector

News

Civil society letter re: the IFC and lessons learned

A letter from civil society in response to the IFC's lesson learned briefing

13 June 2014

IFI governance

Background

CSOs - Inspection Panel meeting and discussion

Q: How do you train the board? Organise orientation of new Board members, are often…

10 April 2014

Private Sector

Analysis

IFC funding to financial intermediaries: unfit for purpose

An IFC investment in ANZ Royal Bank has been criticised after the bank was implicated in a “massive land grab” in Cambodia. Further cases from Guatemala and Honduras reinforce calls for IFC to rethink its investments in financial intermediaries.

31 March 2014

Private Sector

News

Response letter to the head of IFC Jin-Yong Cai re: IFC investment in the financial sector

This letter was written to respond to an IFC 6 January 2014 reply to a November 2013 civil society letter about the International Finance Corporation’s action plan to reform lending to the financial sector. The 26 groups signed on to the letter believe the IFC’s action plan is inadequate and urge the head of the IFC to do more to address the audit’s findings.

27 March 2014
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IFI governance

Commentary

World Bank accountability mechanisms: Any lessons learned yet?

The effectiveness of the Bank's accountability mechanisms relies on the extent their findings are accepted by Bank management. In three recent cases the Bank president has not responded seriously to their findings. The mechanisms must be made powerful and independent enough to hold the Bank to account.

27 February 2014
Cotton harvest in Uzbekistan. Photo: Shuhrataxmedov, Wikimedia Commons

Land

News

World Bank and agriculture: Cultivating controversy?

The World Bank’s push for ‘climate-smart agriculture’, including a new joint initiative, was criticised by CSOs. An Inspection Panel case on forced labour in Uzbekistan cotton fields was postponed for up to 12 months.

27 February 2014