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International

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
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Credit: Nacho

Gender

Analysis

The IMF and gender equality

BWP briefing explores gender dimensions of IMF’s key fiscal policy advice on resource mobilisation in developing countries, in particular on Value-Added Tax.

12 April 2017 | Briefing
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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
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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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IFI governance

Analysis

IFC 3.0: superficial upgrades, same problems?

As the IFC sets out a new strategy, CAO and CSO reports have raised further criticism over its investment in financial intermediaries, and a new law suit challenges its immunity.

7 April 2017
Non-formal primary school in Mathare, Nairobi, Kenya. Credit: TonyBaker

Social services

Analysis

IFC investments in basic education: marginalising the poorest

As the IFC increases investments in for-profit, commercial education, CSO RESULTS finds this marginalises the poor and calls on the IFC to enhance free public education instead.

6 April 2017 | Guest analysis
Medical supplies for Kenyan hospital, Credit:: SIM USA

Social services

Analysis

World Bank undermines right to universal healthcare

The IFC’s push for the PPP model, as well as its preference for healthcare ‘provision’ and the results-based payment approach, collectively undermine the human right to universal healthcare and the achievement of the SDGs.

6 April 2017 | At Issue
Clearing for a coal mine, Kalimantan forest,
Borneo. Credit: Andrew Taylor/WDM

Environment

News

World Bank policy lending undermines climate goals

A CSO report has found that the World Bank’s development policy lending is supporting incentives for fossil fuels in Egypt, Indonesia, Mozambique and Peru.

6 April 2017
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Environment

Background

On track to 1.5C: Mainstreaming climate and forest actions in MDB lending and country strategies

Notes from a meeting at the IMF/World Bank 2017 spring meetings on MDB actions on climate change and forests.

25 April 2017 | Minutes
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Infrastructure

Background

Getting energy access right - Trends and lessons learned in public finance

Notes from a meeting at the IMF/World Bank 2017 spring meetings on energy access.

20 April 2017 | Minutes

Rights

Background

Are governments and the Bretton Woods Institutions fighting inequality?

Notes of a 2017 IMF and World Bank spring meetings session on the BWIs and inequality, 21 April

21 April 2017 | Minutes

Rights

Background

The New World Bank environmental and social framework: Implementation update

Notes of 21 April 2017 spring meetings CSPF session on implementation of new environmental and social framework.

21 April 2017 | Minutes

Accountability

Background

Independent evaluation at the IMF: Role, recent work and future agenda

Notes from 2017 World Bank and IMF spring meetings session of IEO and its future work programme,

21 April 2017 | Minutes

Conditionality

Background

The IMF and World Bank policies and the Arab world’s transition economies

Notes from the Civil Society Policy Forum Session at the 2017 World Bank and IMF Spring Meetings on IMF and World Bank programmes in the MENA Region.

20 April 2017 | Minutes

IFI governance

Background

Engaging citizens for better development results

Notes from IEG-sponsored citizen's engagement civil society policy forum session - 19 April

20 April 2017 | Minutes

Finance

Background

Making Tax Work for Women's Rights

Notes from a 2017 Spring Meetings event of BWP on Making Tax Work for Women's Rights, 19 April

19 April 2017 | Minutes
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