World Bank approved new safeguards after a four year process. Civil society warned of loopholes in new Bank safeguards, its reliance upon “borrower systems”, the lack of references to LGBTQ people and to recognised core ILO labour standards.
The World Bank has released its Forest Action Plan, but civil society raised concerns, including regarding lack of impact in light of the outcomes of the safeguards review and the links to the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility.
Further concerns have been raised over dilutions of the World Bank’s proposed new safeguards framework, as controversy arose over a Bank waiver of the indigenous peoples policy for a Tanzania project.
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.
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.
The World Bank Group released its new Gender Strategy for 2016-2023 in December.
The World Bank faced further criticism as it launched its third consultation phase on its proposed environmental and social framework.
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.