Financial sector

Private Sector

Analysis

How the Bank’s push for microcredit failed the poor

Originally created to help the poor escape poverty and deprivation, the World Bank became the most important advocate for the commercialised microcredit model. Yet, critics argued it undermined the chances of sustainable and equitable development to create a poverty trap of historic proportions.

8 December 2017 | At Issue

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

Private Sector

News

CSOs call on World Bank to halt its aggressive support of PPPs

152 CSOs call demand World Bank halt its aggressive support of PPPs, publicaly recognise their significant risks.

6 December 2017

Private Sector

Background

Examining the IFC’s climate and forest footprint in its financial sector investments

Notes from a side event at the IMF/World Bank 2016 annual meetings on how the World Bank Group can ensure that its financial intermediary investments are consistent with its forest and climate commitments.

5 October 2016 | Minutes

Private Sector

Background

Why impact investments can be an effective tool for social development

Notes of spring meeting session on impact investments, 18 April.

18 April 2017 | Minutes

Finance

Analysis

What is left of the rise of the South?

While the recent reforms to the IMF and World Bank governance reforms and the establishment of new Southern-led IFIs are symbolically important, they are thus far not a rupture with the Western-dominated international financial architecture.

5 April 2016 | Guest analysis
Graffiti remembrance of Berta Cáceres in London

Private Sector

News

IFC investments through financial intermediaries linked to human rights abuses in Honduras, again

A new complaint was lodged with the CAO regarding an IFC financial intermediary investment in Honduras, while another financial intermediary case, previously linked to the IFC, escalate into violence.

5 April 2016

Finance

News

UN vote supports calls for independent debt crisis response mechanism outside the IMF

UN votes in favour of accepting new principles to guide sovereign debt restructuring, as CSO report warns of risk of new crises linked to aid and multilateral lending.

28 September 2015

Private Sector

Analysis

New report shows IFC FI investments cause human rights abuses around the world

New evidence from Oxfam, the Bretton Woods Project and other NGOs reveals the impact of IFC investments in financial intermediaries on global human rights.

2 April 2015 | Report

Private Sector

Analysis

Factsheet: World Bank’s IFC and private finance for development

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.

14 July 2014 | Report