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Latin America & Caribbean

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

Rights

Analysis

Civil society still waiting for ‘IMF Spring’ to blossom

Civil society was out in full force during annual meetings challenging the IMF’s claims that it is reducing economic and gender inequality.

7 December 2017

Finance

Analysis

Debt sustainability review: Tinkering around the edges while crises loom

Despite making some positive changes, the IMF and World Bank Debt Sustainability Framework review has ignored fundamental issues, as risk of new crises persist.

6 December 2017 | Guest analysis

IFI governance

Background

The challenges of financing infrastructure in developing countries through PPPs: A focus on contracts and laws

Notes from the 2017 World Bank and IMF Annual Meetings session on financing infrastruure in Latin America through PPPs. This session aims to discuss the main challenges pose by the widespread promotion of PPPs and its impacts in particular Latin American cases.

11 October 2017 | Minutes

Rights

Analysis

The IMF, Gender Equality and Labour

BWP briefing explores IMF's labour market policies in the context of women in the informal economy and suggests they will not contribute to decreasing inequalities.

2 October 2017 | Briefing

Environment

News

Flirting with disaster? World Bank's push for climate insurance questioned

The World Bank continues to push climate and disaster insurance programmes, despite concerns that such schemes are being ‘oversold’ and do not address the root challenges of making countries more resilient to climate change.

28 September 2017

Gender

Analysis

The IMF, Gender Equality and Expenditure Policy

BWP briefing explores gender dimensions of IMF’s key fiscal policy advice on expenditure policy in developing countries, focusing in particular on austerity measures.

21 September 2017 | Briefing

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
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Other news

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

Conditionality

News

Suriname walks away from IMF conditionalities

The government of Suriname has cancelled its loan programme with the IMF, claiming its conditionalities were too much to bear for its citizens.

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

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

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

Conditionality

News

Peru CSOs demand World Bank accountability

Peruvian CSOs have raised concerns about the development of Peru's Country Partnership Framework in an open letter to the World Bank.

7 April 2017

Private Sector

News

World Bank arbitration mechanism ICSID rules in favour of El Salvador

ICSID, a World Bank arm for investor-state dispute arbitration, ruled that the $250 million case brought by Pac Rim Cayman against El Salvador in 2009 was without merit.

31 January 2017

Rights

News

Calls for the World Bank to suspend funding to Honduras amid continued human rights concerns

Civil society responds to World Bank president Jim Yong Kim statement on human rights abuses and displacement by calls for the World Bank to suspend funding to Honduras amid continued human rights concerns.

29 June 2016
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