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Safeguards protest. Credit: International Accountability Project

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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

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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

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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
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UN independent expert: "IMF programmes worsen income distribution"

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.

5 April 2016
Protest at World Bank consultation in Mexico

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World Bank safeguards review: “human rights-free zone”

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.

10 February 2016
World Bank managing director Sri Mulyani Indrawati with youth from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan, in August 2015. Photo: World Bank

Gender

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World Bank releases new gender strategy

The World Bank Group released its new Gender Strategy for 2016-2023 in December.

9 February 2016
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Conflicting views on direction of World Bank's safeguards review

The World Bank faced further criticism as it launched its third consultation phase on its proposed environmental and social framework.

28 September 2015
Credit: Oxfam International

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Analysis

Risky business: IFC reluctant to disclose information on high-risk subprojects

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.

8 July 2015

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Gender

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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.

IFI governance

Background

4 October 2016 | Minutes

Emerging Lessons from Indigenous Peoples’ Cases

Notes from a side event on emerging lessions from indigenous peoples cases of the Inspection Panel, which took place during the World Bank-IMF 2016 annual meetings.

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.

Environment

Background

7 October 2016 | Minutes

Safeguarding climate finance: GCF, MDBs, rights, and social/environmental risk

Notes from a side event at the IMF/World Bank 2016 annual meetings discussing lessons learned from the World Bank Group’s experiences with high risk projects, safeguards, gender equality, Indigenous Peoples, and environmental and social management systems, and how these should be applied to the Green Climate Fund.

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26 September 2016

Indigenous peoples lodge complaint over Bangladesh World Bank project

Indigenous peoples in Bangladesh have submitted a complaint to the Inspection Panel regarding a World Bank funded transport feasibility study.

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26 September 2016

Complaint lodged for forced labour in IFC-funded project in Uzbekistan

Forced labour victim and human rights defenders have filed a complaint with CAO, alleging that IFC knowingly finances a company benefiting from forced labour.

IFI governance

Background

2 September 2016 | Minutes

UK civil society meeting with UK World Bank Executive Director Melanie Robinson

Notes of a meeting with UK World Bank Executive Director Melanie Robinson 21 July 2016.

Rights

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29 June 2016

Calls for the World Bank to suspend funding to Honduras amid continued human rights concerns

Civil society responds to World Bank president Jim Yong Kim statement on human rights abuses and displacement by calls for the World Bank to suspend funding to Honduras amid continued human rights concerns.