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Bretton woods observer spring 2017-ifc-3-0

IFI governance

Analysis

IFC 3.0: superficial upgrades, same problems?

As the IFC sets out a new strategy, CAO and CSO reports have raised further criticism over its investment in financial intermediaries, and a new law suit challenges its immunity.

7 April 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
Photo: C Schubert (CCAFS)

Environment

Analysis

Pilot Program for Climate Resilience (PPCR)

The Pilot Program for Climate Resilience (PPCR) has expanded with ten countries despite a lack of funds. The US questioned the approval of a Bolivia project and resettlement issues were raised on two Cambodia projects.

4 November 2015
Credit: OneWorld UK

Environment

Analysis

Pilot Program for Climate Resilience (PPCR)

The Pilot Program for Climate Resilience has invited new countries apply for participation and is also expanding the private sector set-aside to non-PPCR countries. Biodiversity and gender impacts were questioned on a Grenada project and the gender focus on a Haiti project.

6 May 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
Agroecological farm outside Havana, Cuba. Credit: Quincey Tompkins Imhoff

Land

Analysis

Will the World Bank get truly climate smart?

World Bank is criticised for focusing on climate-smart agriculture, including industrial approaches, instead of more sustainable agroecological approaches.

31 March 2015 | Guest analysis
Protest during World Bank annual meetings. Credit: Accountability Project

Land

News

World Bank targeted over role in land grabs

As activists staged global protests highlighting the potential damage from new World Bank agriculture rankings, Cambodian groups expressed concerns over reports that the Bank is considering resuming loans to Cambodia.

12 November 2014
Photo credit: Amnesty International

Rights

News

Evicted Nigerian residents denied full investigation by World Bank’s Inspection Panel

Some 9,000 evicted residents of a Lagos community have been denied justice by the World Bank's Inspection Panel as Amnesty International says the Bank is "complicit" in the process.

19 August 2014

Other news

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News

31 January 2017

World Bank’s agriculture initiative criticised

Civil society has called on the World Bank to terminate its Enabling the Business of Agriculture initiative.

Land

News

5 April 2016

Eggs thrown at World Bank Cambodia headquarters

Evictees and affected families of Cambodia's Boeng Kak and Borei Keila neighborhoods have called on the World Bank to leave Cambodia, as lending programme resumes.

Rights

News

8 February 2016

Renewed calls for World Bank to suspend funding for Uzbekistan

Civil society organisations have renewed their calls for the World Bank to suspend funding to Uzbekistan, due to continued concerns about forced and child labour in the cotton harvest.

Rights

Background

20 November 2015 | Minutes

UK civil society meeting with Minister of State Desmond Swayne

Notes from a meeting on 7 September 2015 between the Minister of State of the UK Department for International Development (DFID) and civil society representatives, focusing on the World Bank's safeguards review.

Land

News

6 July 2015

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.

Land

News

6 July 2015

Gujarat fishermen sue IFC over Tata Mundra

Fishing and farming communities from Gujarat, India, has filed a lawsuit against the International Financial Corporation.

IFI governance

Background

7 October 2014

CSO land rights and resettlement

Notes of a meeting with CSOs on land rights and resettlement at the World Bank-IMF annual meetings 2014

Land

News

29 September 2014

Call on World Bank to stop Uzbekistan loans

The World Bank has been called on to postpone two proposed loans to the agricultural sector in Uzbekistan, given the risks of forced and child labour.