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Accountability

No tax havens! Credit: GUE/NGL Action in Plenary chamber

Finance

News

IFC's (ir-)responsible tax investment policy

Civil society organisations have demanded that the IFC develop a responsible tax policy that ensures that IFC investments are consistent with its development mandate and do not support companies utilising aggressive or abusive tax practices.

23 September 2016
Bohoslavsky

Rights

News

UN independent expert: "IMF programmes worsen income distribution"

A report by the UN independent expert on foreign debt, exploring inequality, financial crises and human rights, claims that IMF programmes are associated with a worsening of income distribution.

5 April 2016
Protest at World Bank consultation in Mexico

Rights

News

World Bank safeguards review: “human rights-free zone”

A UN special rapporteur, CSOs and donor countries have critiqued the lack of human rights in the World Bank's draft new environmental and social framework, as the consultation process has continued to be fraught with difficulty.

10 February 2016
World Bank managing director Sri Mulyani Indrawati with youth from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan, in August 2015. Photo: World Bank

Gender

News

World Bank releases new gender strategy

The World Bank Group released its new Gender Strategy for 2016-2023 in December.

9 February 2016
safeguards protest WB

Rights

News

Conflicting views on direction of World Bank's safeguards review

The World Bank faced further criticism as it launched its third consultation phase on its proposed environmental and social framework.

28 September 2015
Credit: Oxfam International

Rights

Analysis

Risky business: IFC reluctant to disclose information on high-risk subprojects

Civil society continues to pressure IFC on disclosure of high risk subprojects, as it responds to a critical report detailing the human rights consequences of its investments.

8 July 2015
Credit: Oxfam International

Private Sector

Analysis

New report shows IFC FI investments cause human rights abuses around the world

New evidence from Oxfam, the Bretton Woods Project and other NGOs reveals the impact of IFC investments in financial intermediaries on global human rights.

2 April 2015 | Report
Civil society protest against the draft new World Bank safeguards during the October 2014 annual meetings. Credit: CIEL

Rights

News

UN experts critique World Bank draft safeguards

UN experts have questioned the World Bank’s draft safeguards’ lack of references to human rights, meanwhile the consultation process continues to raise concerns by NGOs.

2 February 2015

Other news

IFI governance

Background

7 October 2016 | Minutes

The new World Bank environmental and social framework: Opportunities and challenges for implementation

Notes from a side event on implementation of the new World Bank environmental and social framework, which took place during the World Bank-IMF 2016 annual meetings.

IFI governance

Background

4 October 2016 | Minutes

Emerging Lessons from Indigenous Peoples’ Cases

Notes from a side event on emerging lessions from indigenous peoples cases of the Inspection Panel, which took place during the World Bank-IMF 2016 annual meetings.

Accountability

Background

16 April 2016 | Minutes

The Syrian migration crisis

Notes from a meeting at the IMF/World Bank CSO Forum at the 2016 Spring meetings discussion the socio-economic impacts of the Syrian crisis, the outgoing flow of migration and the World Bank’s model on how to tackle these issues following its new report.

Rights

News

5 April 2016

World Bank’s proposed standards “gravely weaken” investment safeguards

As the World Bank closed the third and final round of public consultations on its new draft social and environmental standards, further concerns have been raised about problematic and weak language.

Rights

News

28 September 2015

CAO opens new Marikana case

CAO finds complaints from Marikana community eligible for further assessment.

Accountability

News

28 September 2015

IMF updates CSO guidelines

In mid-September the IMF concluded a consultation on its 2015 guidelines on the IMF staff engagement with civil society organisations.

Rights

News

31 March 2015

World Bank rejects investigation into Uzbek child and forced labour

The World Bank's Inspection Panel has declined a request to investigate the use of forced and child labour in Uzbekistan.

Rights

News

31 March 2015

Bank implicated in Kenya Maasai eviction

The World Bank's Inspection Panel has found the Bank breached its own standards through its involvement in a Kenyan electricity project which has displaced Maasai communities.