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World Bank Group

Land

Analysis

IFC investments implicated in land grabs in Africa

IFC investments through financial intermediary investments linked to land grabs and displacement in Africa. CSOs critique proposed changes to IFC lending policies.

3 July 2017

Finance

News

Deepening World Bank and AIIB cooperation: Locking in a failed development model?

Co-financing arrangements and increased World Bank-AIIB cooperation on mega-infrastructure projects represent a dangerous global trend that threatens human rights and locks in a failed development model.

3 July 2017

Rights

News

IMF conditions weaken labour rights, World Bank labour policy inconsistent

March IMF policy paper advocates liberalisation and lowering of labour market protections although makes case for stimulus when there is 'available fiscal space'. World Bank displays inconsistent labour policy implementation. IMF U-turn on advice regarding Germany’s introduction of minimum wage.

3 July 2017

Finance

Analysis

Development to the rescue of finance – the Bank’s 'cascade' approach

World Bank unveils cascade concept that privileges private over public finance. De-risking in order to attract private sector investments threatens to shift risks to public sector and result in third wave of privatisation.

3 July 2017

Infrastructure

Commentary

Landmark community dialogue in Nepal: Is the World Bank learning?

Following longstanding conflict over a World Bank-funded power line project in Nepal, dating back to 2009, communities express hope that a World Bank-supported dialogue initiative will result in a fair dispute resolution process and meaningful consultation.

22 May 2017
World Bank Group Executive Directors Roundtable with Civil Society at the spring meetings 18 April. Credit: Petra Kjell

IFI governance

Analysis

Spring meetings 2017: communiqués coverage

Analysis of the official communiqués from the 2017 World Bank-IMF spring meetings, Washington DC.

23 April 2017

IFI governance

Analysis

World Bank-IMF spring meetings 2017

Bretton Woods Project coverage of the 2017 spring meetings in Washington DC with analysis of the communiqués and notes from key civil society and official meetings.

10 April 2017

Accountability

Analysis

How will the World Bank reform after its disastrous Uganda transport project?

The World Bank closed a Uganda road project after serious problems were revealed, however, civil society remain concerned that the Bank’s response will not lead to meaningful change.

7 April 2017 | Guest analysis
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Finance

Background

International Finance Project Manager vacancy

Join us as International Finance Project Manager and manage our work on international finance focusing on the IMF.

14 July 2017 | About us

Knowledge

Background

World Bank’s Doing Business report

This Inside the Institutions looks at the Doing Business report and retraces key steps in its history and development, explains how ratings are calculated and outlines some of the main criticisms regarding its methodology and ideological background.

3 July 2017 | Inside the institutions

IFI governance

News

World Bank appoints Georgieva as CEO of IBRD and IDA

In October, World Bank President Jim Yong Kim announced the appointment of Kristalina Georgieva as chief executive officer of IBRD and IDA.

3 July 2017

Environment

News

IPN calls for improved supervision of environmental assessments

IPN launched third Emerging Lessons Series report on the environmental assessment of World Bank projects at the IMF and World Bank spring meetings.

3 July 2017

Accountability

News

CAO opens case in Chile on World Bank project Alto Maipo

In March CAO found a complaint on behalf of communities affected by IFC’s investment in the Alto Maipo hydroelectric project in Chile eligible for further assessment.

3 July 2017

Accountability

News

Civil society calls for greater independence of Inspection Panel

In April, Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) wrote a letter to the World Bank executive directors calling for the inclusion of independent external stakeholders on the selection committee of the Inspection Panel.

3 July 2017

Accountability

News

CSO letter raises concerns about World Bank security personnel safeguards

CSO ICAR submitted a letter to the World Bank about safeguarding provisions on the use of public and private security personnel. Concerns were raised about the inappropriate use of force and high-risk situations.

3 July 2017

Environment

Background

Environment Project Manager vacancy

Join us as Environment Project Manager for the Bretton Woods Project and manage the Project’s work on the environmental impacts of World Bank policies and projects

12 May 2017 | About us
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