Accountability

Analysis

World Bank board oversight mechanisms derailed

27 September 2017

World Bank management’s proposal for a Multiphase Programmatic Approach erodes executive board oversight and suffers from lack of civil society consultation.

Infrastructure

Analysis

De-risking or risk shifting: The World Bank's proposed strategy to bridge the 'infrastructure gap'

This briefing analyses the implications of the strategy proposed by the World Bank for infrastructure financing. It details the type of policies and institutions required to achieve sustainable development.

4 October 2017 | At Issue

Gender

News

The World Bank’s new Women Entrepreneurs Finance Initiative: Recycling a broken model?

World Bank launches new We-Fi fund for women entrepeneurs, but concerns raised that fund won't reach poorest women.

2 October 2017

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

Rights

Analysis

UN Independent Expert reports on World Bank and IMF human rights performance

UN Independent Expert publishes two reports on the World Bank and IMF human rights performance, finding the institutions must be more than a "fig leaf" for the status quo and step up their human rights commitments.

27 September 2017 | At Issue

Finance

News

IEG report finds Bank’s tax work lacks equity focus

IEG report on the World Bank’s domestic resource mobilisation work finds ad hoc approach focused on creating an enabling business environment while doing little to address equity issues.

27 September 2017

Rights

News

Labour in Greece: With friends like the IMF…

IMF agrees to conditional participation in new Greek loan package and demands that the government maintains the suspension of collective bargaining despite rising inequality and decrease in wages.

27 September 2017

Accountability

Background

The Parliamentary Network on the World Bank and IMF

This Inside the Institutions looks at how the Parliamentary Network on the World Bank and IMF has facilitated interactions between members of parliament and the Bank and Fund.

27 September 2017 | Inside the institutions

Gender

Analysis

Will World Bank Global Gender-Based Violence Task Force recommendations have a discernible impact?

Global Gender-Based Violence Task Force releases report with recommendations for World Bank, CSOs concerned over its limited mandate while questions remain whether the recommendations will have a discernible impact on the Bank’s approach to GBV.

27 September 2017

Social services

News

World Bank’s cascade into education: Liberia’s public-private partnership

Report by global union found privatisation and corporate capture are obstacles to progress on 2030 agenda. Independent research of education PPP trial in Liberia finds unsustainable costs.

27 September 2017

Infrastructure

News

Azerbaijani Laundromat to sully Bank’s reputation?

Scandal raises new questions about World Bank loans for Trans-Anatolian Pipeline (TANAP), after civil society previously raised concerns over human rights violations and the negative environmental impact of the project.

27 September 2017

Rights

News

IEO finds IMF follows "nebulous standard" on social protection engagement

IMF’s Independent Evaluation Office published evaluation on IMF and social protection and found that the IMF’s targeting approach does not ‘mesh well’ with UN’s human-rights-based approach.

27 September 2017

Social services

Commentary

Back to basics: How the World Bank can finally get education right

A critique of the World Bank's education Development Report's narrow focus. To get education right, the World Bank must go back to basics and focus on funding established national policy, rather than developing it.

21 September 2017