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October 8, 2016 - WASHINGTON DC., 2016 IMF / World Bank Annual Meetings. World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim; IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde; Photo: Simone D. McCourtie / World Bank

IFI governance

Analysis

Annual Meetings 2016: communiqués coverage

Analysis of the official communiqués from the 2016 World Bank-IMF annual meetings, Washington DC.

9 October 2016 | Event
Campo de trabajadores para los que están construyendo la presa. Credito: Samuel Nnah Ndobe

Rights

Commentary

World Bank project fails to safeguard the rights of workers in Cameroon

Workers in World Bank-financed Lom Pangar Hydro Power Project in Cameroon have filed a complaint with the Bank's Grievance Redress System over alleged breaches of workers rights.

23 September 2016 | Comment
Tanzania Revenue Authority, Photo: Christian Aid

Finance

Analysis

World Bank and IMF: Where do they stand on progressive and responsible taxation?

The IMF and the World Bank are increasingly engaged with the challenge of addressing how tax avoidance and evasion affect developing countries, but need to address the role played by multinational enterprises and tax havens in exacerbating inequality and undermining countries’ domestic revenues.

5 August 2016 | At Issue
Broken water pipes at resettlement area. Credit: American Jewish World Service

Rights

Commentary

Lessons from Kenya: Why the World Bank must apply the Indigenous Peoples Policy consistently

The World Bank’s support for a Kenya electricity programme is criticised for failing to comply with its Indigenous Peoples Policy, with implications for the Bank's future lending and the safeguards review.

29 June 2016 | Comment
Communities meet with the Inspection Panel during the investigation. Credit: Komala Ramachandra

Infrastructure

Commentary

Powerless: a call for World Bank community engagement in Nepal

Following a longstanding conflict over a World Bank-funded power line in Nepal, communities call for a fair dispute resolution process and meaningful consultation.

5 April 2016 | Comment
Shanghai finance district. Photo: 
Joan Campderrós-i-Canas

Finance

Analysis

China goes global with development banks

This briefing examines the trajectory of China's evolving leadership in international development finance, including the impact of it's massive increase in development finance for developing countries.

5 April 2016 | At Issue
View of the Tata power plant (on the left) and Adani power plant (on right)
Photo: Sami Siva, ICIJ

IFI governance

Analysis

IFC claims “absolute immunity” to avoid justice. But will it hold up in court?

This briefing provides an overview of the immunity of international organisations in US law, looking at a lawsuit brought against the IFC regarding the Tata Mundra coal power plant in India.

5 April 2016 | At Issue
Protest for rights of migrant, domestic workers in Lebanon, Beirut, March 8
Credit: Reuters/Cynthia Karam

Gender

Analysis

IMF on gender and income inequality: from research to implementation

New IMF staff discussion note links gender and economic equality, but will this research influence IMF policy?

9 February 2016 | At Issue
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Other news

News

worldbankpresident.org

Blog on who should have been selected as World Bank president, what they should do and the selection process generally.

23 September 2016 | Blog

IFI governance

Commentary

Submission to the IMF and World Bank Request for Feedback on the Civil Society Policy Forum at the Spring and Annual Meetings of the IMF and World Bank

In the following submission, the IMF and institutions of the World Bank Group, including the…

25 February 2016 | Statement

Conditionality

Commentary

Bankspeak of the year 2015

Every year the Bretton Woods Project highlights some of the most farcical remarks of Fund and Bank staff.

8 February 2016 | Humour

IFI governance

Commentary

Protecting the voices of civil society at the World Bank and IMF meetings

Friday 2nd October, 2015 To: President Jim Yong Kim, World Bank Managing Director Christine Lagarde,…

2 October 2015 | Statement

IFI governance

Commentary

Bankspeak of the year 2014

Bankspeak of the year 2014 celebrates some of the most ridiculous public remarks of Fund and Bank staff.

2 February 2015 | Humour

IFI governance

Commentary

Learning from failures or repeating mistakes

Bretton Woods Project comment on President Jim Yong Kim's blog on Oxfam America challenges the Bank's emphasis on private sector development

31 October 2013 | Blog

Environment

Commentary

World Bank: greening an airport near you

Just a month before releasing a new report on climate change and the need to "turn down the heat" (see Update 86), the Bank agreed a $50 million loan to the Chinese prefecture of Shangrao, located in the northeast of China's Jiangxi province, to build a new airport.

26 June 2013 | Humour

IFI governance

Commentary

Timely Canadian action on governance reform

The Bretton Woods Project would like to sincerely thank the Honorable James M. Flaherty, Canada's finance minister, for his kind end June response to a letter we sent him about leadership selection at the IFIs.

3 July 2012 | Humour
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