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Non-formal primary school in Mathare, Nairobi, Kenya. Credit: TonyBaker

Social services

Analysis

IFC investments in basic education: marginalising the poorest

As the IFC increases investments in for-profit, commercial education, CSO RESULTS finds this marginalises the poor and calls on the IFC to enhance free public education instead.

6 April 2017 | Guest analysis
Clearing for a coal mine, Kalimantan forest,
Borneo. Credit: Andrew Taylor/WDM

Environment

News

World Bank policy lending undermines climate goals

A CSO report has found that the World Bank’s development policy lending is supporting incentives for fossil fuels in Egypt, Indonesia, Mozambique and Peru.

6 April 2017
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Finance

News

CSOs refuse to participate in World Bank PPP consultation

CSOs have refused to participate in a World Bank PPP consultation until transparency and accountability concerns are addressed.

6 April 2017
Credit: Lewa'a Alnasr via Wikimedia Commons

Conditionality

News

IMF lending freeze “pushing Tunisia to the brink”

IMF freezes second payment of $2.8 billion loan to Tunisia, demanding accelerated reform programme despite concerns this will push Tunisia “to the brink”.

6 April 2017
Money. Credit: 401kcalculator.org

Finance

Background

Who pays for the Fund and the Bank?

This Inside the Institutions looks at the funds available to the IMF and the World Bank, including the origins of IBRD and IFC resources and an overview of the most recent changes in the IMF and IDA’s funding streams and mechanisms.

5 April 2017 | Inside the institutions
debt-restructuring

Finance

Analysis

IMF and debt restructuring: just talk?

An IMF staff blog has acknowledged weaknesses in IMF’s approach to debt sustainability, meanwhile civil society continues to demand human rights-based approach considering who bears burden of debt repayment.

22 March 2017 | Guest analysis
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Finance

Analysis

IFC investment in Stora Enso: the need for a responsible IFC tax policy

The International Finance Corporation praises the pulp and paper company Stora Enso as an industry leader in environmental and social standards, but questions about Stora Enso’s Dutch tax arrangement remain unresolved.

31 January 2017 | Guest analysis
AID18, cuarta reunión de reposición en Indonesia. Crédito: Heri Purwata en Crowdponent

Finance

News

World Bank IDA18 to introduce increased reliance on capital markets

The World Bank's IDA18 replenishment raised $75 billion, with increased reliance on capital markets and launched new $2.5 billion private sector window through IFC and MIGA.

31 January 2017

Other news

Finance

Background

19 April 2017 | Minutes

Making Tax Work for Women's Rights

Notes from a 2017 Spring Meetings event of BWP on Making Tax Work for Women's Rights, 19 April

Private Sector

Background

18 April 2017 | Minutes

Why impact investments can be an effective tool for social development

Notes of spring meeting session on impact investments, 18 April.

Finance

Background

19 April 2017 | Minutes

The role of the IMF in domestic and international taxation

Notes from the 2017 World Bank and IMF Spring Meetings session on Domestic and International Taxation, 19 April.

Conditionality

News

7 April 2017

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.

Finance

News

31 January 2017

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.

Finance

News

31 January 2017

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.

IFI governance

Background

10 November 2016 | Minutes

UK civil society meeting with DFID: Annual meetings and IDA

Notes of a UK CSO meeting with DFID on the annual meetings and the IDA process 23 September 2016.

IFI governance

Background

7 October 2016 | Minutes

Recurring debt crises in sub-Saharan Africa and the rise of bond issuance

Notes from a side event at the IMF/World Bank 2016 annual meetings launching a new report on bonds issuance in Nigeria, Zambia and Ghana, followed by a panel discussion on government bonds as a debt issue.