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The IMF, Gender Equality and Labour

BWP briefing explores IMF's labour market policies in the context of women in the informal economy and suggests they will not contribute to decreasing inequalities.

2 October 2017 | Briefing

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UN Independent Expert reports on World Bank and IMF human rights performance

UN Independent Expert publishes two reports on the World Bank and IMF human rights performance, finding the institutions must be more than a "fig leaf" for the status quo and step up their human rights commitments.

27 September 2017 | At Issue

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Labour in Greece: With friends like the IMF…

IMF agrees to conditional participation in new Greek loan package and demands that the government maintains the suspension of collective bargaining despite rising inequality and decrease in wages.

27 September 2017

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IEO finds IMF follows "nebulous standard" on social protection engagement

IMF’s Independent Evaluation Office published evaluation on IMF and social protection and found that the IMF’s targeting approach does not ‘mesh well’ with UN’s human-rights-based approach.

27 September 2017

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IMF conditions weaken labour rights, World Bank labour policy inconsistent

March IMF policy paper advocates liberalisation and lowering of labour market protections although makes case for stimulus when there is 'available fiscal space'. World Bank displays inconsistent labour policy implementation. IMF U-turn on advice regarding Germany’s introduction of minimum wage.

3 July 2017

IFI governance

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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

Environment

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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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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

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2 October 2017

World Bank approves Uzbekistan cotton project despite forced labour concerns

World Bank approves new $145 million irrigation project in Uzbekistan, despite ongoing concerns about forced and child labour in the country's cotton sector.

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2 October 2017

Controversial Sardar Sarovar Project dam set to displace thousands

Dam - supported by World Bank from 1985-1993 - formally opened by Indian Prime Minister despite resettlement being incomplete.

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27 September 2017

Indian plaintiffs seek US Supreme Court review of IFC's “absolute immunity”

Indian fishing communities and farmers will ask the highest court in the US to rule on IFC's immunity for its role in the controversial Tata Mundra coal-fired power plant in India.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.