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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
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
labour rights

Rights

News

IMF and World Bank labour policies criticised by UN expert

The UN expert on foreign debt has published a report critical of IMF and World Bank policies related to labour rights, claiming that the evidence does not support their pproach.

6 April 2017
tanzanian-children-with-school-packs

Knowledge

News

Concerns over World Bank's WDR on education

CSOs raise concerns about content and consultation process of World Bank World Development Report 2018 on education.

6 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
Safeguards protest. Credit: International Accountability Project

Rights

News

World Bank approves new “diluted” safeguards

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.

23 September 2016
Credit: Australian Government, Department of Foreign Affairs

Environment

News

World Bank’s new Forest Action Plan questioned

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.

29 June 2016
Safeguards protest during the World Bank spring meetings, April 2016. Credit: International Accountability Project

Rights

News

Renewed warnings over World Bank safeguards “dilution”

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.

29 June 2016

Other news

Rights

Background

21 April 2017 | Minutes

Are governments and the Bretton Woods Institutions fighting inequality?

Notes of a 2017 IMF and World Bank spring meetings session on the BWIs and inequality, 21 April

Rights

Background

21 April 2017 | Minutes

The New World Bank environmental and social framework: Implementation update

Notes of 21 April 2017 spring meetings CSPF session on implementation of new environmental and social framework.

Rights

Background

18 April 2017 | Minutes

World Bank Inspection Panel - emerging lessons on environmental assessment

Notes from a meeting at the IMF/World Bank 2017 spring meetings launching the third report in the Inspection Panel's new series on "emerging lessons", on environmental assessment.

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.

Rights

News

7 April 2017

Indonesian CSOs demand World Bank stop funding infrastructure funds

Indonesian organisations have demanded that the World Bank stops funding harmful infrastructure funds, highlighting impacts on the environment and indigenous communities.

Rights

News

7 April 2017

World Bank-funded Kenya company targets complainants

Community representatives involved in a World Bank Inspection Panel complaint have been targeted with a court injunction by a Bank-funded company.

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.

Gender

News

25 October 2016

The IMF and gender equality: A critical analysis

Bretton Woods Project has published a new briefing providing a critical analysis of the IMF's latest work on gender equality.