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Sub-Saharan Africa

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

Environment

News

CSOs call on World Bank to prioritise forests in climate action

Civil society organisations call on World Bank Group to do more to prioritise forests and forest peoples’ rights.

6 December 2017

Environment

News

Shared prosperity? WBG fails to progress on energy access for poor

A new civil society report criticises the World Bank for not doing enough to help meet Sustainable Energy for All (SEforAll) objective of achieving universal energy access by 2030.

6 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

Great expectations: Is the IMF turning words into action on inequality?

Notes from the 2017 World Bank and IMF Annual Meetings session on the IMF's approach to inequality, 13 October.

13 October 2017 | Minutes

IFI governance

Background

Funding energy access for the poor: Can the Bank meet the Challenge?

Notes from the 2017 World Bank and IMF Annual Meeting Civil Society Policy Forum session on energy access, 11 October.

11 October 2017 | Minutes

Social services

Background

World Bank’s approach to education financing

Notes from the 2017 World Bank and IMF Annual Meetings session on World Bank’s approach to education financing, 10 October.

10 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
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Other news

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

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

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

Rights

News

World Bank-funded Kenya company targets complainants

Community representatives involved in a World Bank Inspection Panel complaint have been targeted with a court injunction by a Bank-funded company.

7 April 2017

Rights

Background

World Bank Inspection Panel - emerging lessons on environmental assessment

Notes from a meeting at the IMF/World Bank 2017 spring meetings launching the third report in the Inspection Panel's new series on "emerging lessons", on environmental assessment.

18 April 2017 | Minutes

IFI governance

Background

Evaluating citizen engagement in World Bank operations

Notes from a side event on citizen engagement in World Bank operations, which took place during the World Bank-IMF 2016 annual meetings.

6 October 2016 | Minutes

Finance

News

Ghana: political costs of structural adjustment

Ghana elected a new president who has pledged to review the country's IMF programme, which was criticised by civil society for its harsh impacts on the poorest.

31 January 2017

Finance

News

IMF reconsiders new loan as Mozambique defaults

Mozambique defaults on its debt after IMF freezes loan. IMF reopens discussions on new loan programme but civil society concerned lessons are not learnt.

31 January 2017
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