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Environment

Analysis

Behind the fumes: the dirty truth behind the World Bank’s commitments on climate change

New report provides evidence that IFC investments in financial intermediaries (FIs) support the construction of coal power plants in contradiction to World Bank policy and IFC statements that FI lending is ring-fenced and does not support coal.

31 January 2017
Assam tea worker credit: Rajan Zaveri

Rights

Commentary

World Bank continues colonial legacy on Assam’s tea plantations

CAO report validates 2013 complaint by Indian NGOs on IFC investment in colonial tea plantation in Assam. The IFC's action plan is very limited in scope.

31 January 2017 | Comment
Community midwife in badakhshan uses postpartum family planning

Social services

Analysis

GFF falls short on family planning

Investments by the World Bank-hosted Global Financing Facility (GFF) do not reflect the family planning priorities identified by developing countries and local communities. The GFF also continues to suffer from a lack of transparency and meaningful civil society participation, raising doubts about the new mechanism’s effectiveness.

31 January 2017 | At Issue
Wind turbines in Thatta District, Pakistan. Credit: Asian Development Bank

Environment

Analysis

Clean Technology Fund (CTF)

A revised Clean Technology Fund (CTF) pipeline management and cancellation policy has been approved. A document outlining further details on the proposed “CTF 2.0” will be discussed. Approval for reallocation of funds for a Morocco project was challenged by Germany and the decision postponed.

30 November 2016
Women watering mukau sapplings in Kenya. Credit: Flore de Freneuf/World Bank

Environment

Analysis

Pilot Program for Climate Resilience (PPCR)

Pipeline management and cancellation policies are in preparation for the Pilot Program for Climate Resilience (PPCR) to address funding constraints, with no funding available for new pilot countries’ projects. Questions were raised about gender impacts for a renewable energy project in Mozambique.

30 November 2016
Piles of teak logs, Java, Indonesia. Credit: CIFOR

©Center For International Forestry Research/Murdani Usman

Environment

Analysis

Forest Investment Program (FIP)

Challenges in measuring progress were noted for the Forest Investment Program (FIP), in particular greenhouse gas accounting. Investment plans for Mozambique and Ivory Coast have been approved. Questions were raised over the reasoning for a commercial teak plantation project in Ghana.

30 November 2016
Solar panels in Rohertek, Bangladesh. Credit: Dominic Chavez, World Bank

Environment

Analysis

Scaling Up Renewable Energy Program (SREP)

A new a new Enhanced Private Sector Program for the Scaling up Renewable Energy Program in Low Income Countries (SREP) is due to discussed. Cambodia’s investment plan has been approved. Social, environmental and financial risks related to a Nicaragua geothermal project were raised.

30 November 2016
Lahendong geothermal power plant, Manado, Indonesia. Credit: Asian Development Bank

Environment

Analysis

Climate Investment Funds Monitor 14

New edition of the Bretton Woods Project's biannual Climate Investment Funds (CIFs) Monitor, including an update on the Green Climate Fund, published to coincide with the World Bank-hosted CIFs trust fund committee meetings.

30 November 2016
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Other news

IFI governance

Background

Equity, inclusion and education: Examining evidence on low-fee private schools

Notes from a side event on privatisation of education and low-fee private schools, which took place during the World Bank-IMF 2016 annual meetings.

6 October 2016 | Minutes

Rights

News

Indigenous peoples lodge complaint over Bangladesh World Bank project

Indigenous peoples in Bangladesh have submitted a complaint to the Inspection Panel regarding a World Bank funded transport feasibility study.

26 September 2016

IFI governance

News

World Bank accused of reporting false consent on Nepal power line project

Communities affected by a World Bank-funded power line project in Nepal have accused the Bank of reporting false information on consent to the project.

26 September 2016

Social services

News

Uganda to close IFC partner’s schools

Uganda has announced that it will close IFC-backed Bridge Academy private schools due to poor hygiene and sanitation.

23 September 2016

IFI governance

News

World Bank accountability mechanisms look to improve complainant protection

In response to increasing concern about the safety of human rights and environmental defenders, the World Bank’s accountability mechanisms look to improve complainant protection against retaliation and intimidation.

29 June 2016

Private Sector

News

New CAO Kamalanga report: five years of IFC non-compliance

CAO has released another report critical of IFC’s compliance with its own performance standards, highlighting lack of action and continued harm to affected communities.

10 February 2016

Finance

News

Nepal denied IMF disaster debt relief

The IMF in June denied Nepal support under its Catastrophe Containment and Relief Trust, following the earthquake in April.

28 September 2015

Land

News

NGOs denounce World Bank land conference

NGO coalition Our Land Our Business denounced the World Bank’s March conference on land and poverty, condemning the Bank’s role in land grabs.

6 July 2015
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