Environment

Background

Job opening: Bretton Woods Project seeks Environment Project Officer (closed)

11 August 2023 | Recruitment

Credit: Acidmit, Shutterstock.

The Bretton Woods Project (BWP) seeks a committed climate justice advocate to work under the supervision of BWP’s Environment Project Manager to support the Project’s World Bank-focused environment and climate advocacy, including through conducting new research on World Bank climate and energy policies, and to play a supporting role on the Project’s climate advocacy on the International Monetary Fund, including through assisting in the development of a campaign to reform IMF Special Drawing Rights to better serve developing countries’ climate and development financing needs.

BWP is hosted by ActionAid UK. To apply, please visit ActionAid UK’s website. The deadline to apply for this position is 3 September 2023.

This role entails supporting the development of advocacy strategies, representing BWP in advocacy with senior officials and engagements with civil society communities, and producing high-quality research outputs. The position also involves monitoring key developments at the World Bank and IMF, contributing to joint BWP outputs such as the Observer and Dispatch, and to the institutional strengthening of BWP.

We are particularly keen to hear from candidates with the following experience:

·         Understanding of climate policy and climate finance issues

·         Familiarity with current international climate justice policy debates, particularly as they relate to international development policy

·         Proven experience of producing high‐quality, timely research

·         Experience writing articles, policy briefings, reports and background briefs in a variety of styles for different audiences

·         Undergraduate degree or higher in climate change, development or economics-related university course or relevant equivalent experience

·         Excellent written and oral communication skills in English.

Further details can be found on the ActionAid UK website.

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Environment

Background

13 December 2023 | Inside the institutions

What is the IMF Resilience and Sustainability Trust?

This Inside the Institutions looks at IMF’s Resilience and Sustainability Trust (RST) reflecting on concerns about its eligibility criteria, quota limit, and 'green conditions'.

Environment

Background

11 August 2023 | Recruitment

Job opening: Bretton Woods Project seeks Environment Project Officer (closed)

BWP is now accepting applications for the new role of Environment Project Officer, which will support the Project's advocacy and research on the Bretton Woods Institutions' climate-related policies.

IFI governance

Background

14 October 2022 | Minutes

Greening whole economies? Unpacking World Bank plans for Paris alignment by July 2023

Notes from a Civil Society Policy Forum event on 14 October titled "Greening whole economies? Unpacking World Bank plans for Paris alignment by July 2023."

Environment

Background

30 March 2021 | Minutes

Why climate transition risks are macro-critical: The IMF and enabling a green recovery

Notes from the virtual Civil Society Policy Forum event on 30 March.

Environment

Background

28 September 2020 | Minutes

Climate change and the Covid-19 recovery – the role of the IMF in building back better

Notes from the Civil Society Policy Forum session on 28 September.

Environment

Background

1 November 2019 | Minutes

World Bank Group Paris Alignment: Governance & private sector participation in the energy sector

Notes from a Civil Society Policy Forum event on 16 October.

Environment

Background

28 October 2019 | Minutes

The IMF & climate change: Can the Fund help countries avoid a ‘climate Minsky moment’?

Notes from the Civil Society Policy Forum event on 18 October on the role of the IMF in tackling climate risk.

Environment

Background

25 April 2017 | Minutes

On track to 1.5C: Mainstreaming climate and forest actions in MDB lending and country strategies

Notes from a meeting at the IMF/World Bank 2017 spring meetings on MDB actions on climate change and forests.

Private Sector

Background

5 October 2016 | Minutes

Examining the IFC’s climate and forest footprint in its financial sector investments

Notes from a side event at the IMF/World Bank 2016 annual meetings on how the World Bank Group can ensure that its financial intermediary investments are consistent with its forest and climate commitments.

Environment

Background

6 October 2015 | Minutes

Toward COP21: A panorama of World Bank Group’s approach in supporting Peru’s climate agenda

Notes from a meeting at the IMF/World Bank CSO Forum at the 2015 Annual meetings, focusing on impact of World Bank support to Peru's climate change strategies.

Infrastructure

Background

26 August 2015 | Issue overview

Issue overview: World Bank and energy

IFI governance

Background

16 April 2015 | Minutes

Aligning the financial system with sustainable development

Notes from a meeting on the financial system and sustainable development during the World Bank/IMF spring meetings.

Environment

Background

29 September 2014 | Inside the institutions

World Bank green bonds

The World Bank group supports the growth of the green bond market through the IBRD and the IFC to “catalyse the market through strategic issuances of green bonds based on their triple-A ratings.”

Environment

Background

11 April 2014 | Minutes

Climate risks and the World Bank

Environment

Background

23 October 2013

What are the CIFs?

Environment

Background

14 October 2013

The economic case for climate action

Minutes from a World Bank/IMF seminar on climate change during the World Bank/IMF annual meetings 2013.

IFI governance

Background

8 October 2013 | Minutes

World Bank executive directors roundtable with CSOs

Environment

Background

3 October 2013

CIF civil society and indigenous peoples observers

Accountability

Background

29 April 2013 | Minutes

UK civil society meeting with UK World Bank Executive Director Gwen Hines

Notes of a meeting with UK executive director to the World Bank Gwen Hines in April 2013

Accountability

Background

22 April 2013 | Minutes

Bending the arc of poverty

The session focused on the World Bank's development strategy, poverty eradication goals, global inequality, and the threat of climate change.

Accountability

Background

22 April 2013 | Minutes

Financial and housing crises, the Bank's safeguards and the right to adequate housing

This session featured a presentation from UN special rapporteur on the links between financial and housing crises, safeguards and the right to adequate housing.

Accountability

Background

22 April 2013 | Minutes

The challenges of advancing sustainability at the World Bank

This panel discussion reflected on the major sustainability challenges facing the World Bank through exploring two World Resources Institute areas - a portfolio analysis on 2012 projects, and the interaction between country systems and World Bank safeguard approaches.

Accountability

Background

19 April 2013 | Minutes

World Bank executive directors roundtable with CSOs

Minutes of an open roundtable with EDs that occurred during the 2013 spring meetings.

Land

Background

19 April 2013 | Minutes

An update and briefing on the global agriculture and food security program (GAFSP)

World Bank briefing on the Global Agriculture and Food Security Program (GAFSP) with a particular focus on recent private sector window projects.

Finance

Background

19 April 2013 | Minutes

IDA results and replenishment

Minutes of an event at the 2013 spring meetings

Environment

Background

18 April 2013 | Minutes

CSO meeting with Ms. Ksenia Yudaeva, G20 sherpa, Russian Federation

This event featured a discussion between CSOs and the Russian Federation G20 sherpa covering topics including food & nutrition security, jobs and the post-2015 development agenda.

Rights

Background

7 January 2013 | Minutes

UK civil society meeting with UK World Bank Executive Director Gwen Hines

Notes of a meeting with UK executive director to the World Bank Gwen Hines in December 2012

Accountability

Background

3 November 2012 | Review

Climate Investment Funds Monitor survey

The Bretton Woods Project launched the twice-yearly Climate Investment Funds (CIFs) Monitor in 2010 to track the development of the CIFs and highlight concerns. As it approaches our third year, we would like your input into how we can improve the CIFs Monitor to ensure that it remains a valuable resource for civil society and other interested stakeholders of the CIFs.

Infrastructure

Background

13 October 2012 | Minutes

Post Fukushima: The Role of the Financial Sector in Energy Future

This session introduced the audience to an overview of global energy issues and specific analyses of the environment and economic impacts of Fukushima nuclear power accident, and discussed the roles of the financial sector in viable global energy future.

Environment

Background

9 October 2012 | Minutes

CSO Roundtable with World Bank executive directors

This was a roundtable discussion between IMF and WBG Executive Directors (EDs) with accredited civil society representatives to promote an exchange of views and discussion on key issues of the 2012 Annual Meeting agenda: global economy, disaster resilience, social and environmental safeguards, and global health.

Infrastructure

Background

20 April 2012 | Minutes

Kosovo's options for a sustainable energy future

Minutes of presentation and discussion on Kosovo's options to develop a sustainable energy future, Washington DC, 20 April 2012.

Infrastructure

Background

20 April 2012 | Minutes

World Bank's Climate Investment Funds 4 years later

Minutes of meeting on the World Bank-housed Climate Investment Funds and the Green Climate Fund, Washington DC, 19 April 2012

Land

Background

20 April 2012 | Minutes

Agriculture and Food Security

Minutes of agriculture and food security meeting, Washington DC, 19 April 2012

Infrastructure

Background

20 April 2012 | Minutes

Climate change, energy access and sustainable development

Minutes of climate change and energy access meeting, Washington DC, 18 April 2012

Infrastructure

Background

26 September 2011 | Minutes

India's energy future: Consequences of India's coal rush and alternative energy scenarios

Notes of a panel discussion, Washington DC, 20 September 2011

Infrastructure

Background

26 September 2011 | Minutes

India's energy future: What role for the Bank?

Notes of meeting, Washington DC, September 21, 2011

Environment

Background

26 September 2011 | Minutes

Safeguards and climate finance in Indonesia in the context of REDD+

Notes of meeting, Washington DC, September 23, 2011

Infrastructure

Background

23 September 2011 | Minutes

Scaling up Climate Finance

Notes of meeting, Washington DC, September 22, 2011

Infrastructure

Background

18 April 2011 | Minutes

World Bank, energy and climate change: Something old, something new?

Notes of 2011 Spring Meetings NGO panel

Environment

Background

15 April 2011 | Minutes

The Green Climate Fund: discussion of principles and design

Notes of meeting, Washington DC, April 15, 2011

Accountability

Background

14 April 2011 | Minutes

Notes of meeting between UK Executive Director to World Bank and Civil Society Groups

Civil society organisations met UK Executive Director to the World Bank and staff from the Department for International Development to discuss the World Development Report on conflict, security and development; the spring meetings and food security; the World Bank's energy strategy and performance in the health sector.

Accountability

Background

7 March 2011 | Minutes

Notes of meeting between UK Executive Director to World Bank and Civil Society Groups

On February 2nd 2011 civil society organisations held a meeting with the UK Executive Director to the World Bank and staff from the Department for International Development to discuss the formation of the new Green Climate Fund, the World Bank energy startegy review, and the role of the private sector in World Bank lending.

Infrastructure

Background

30 November 2010 | Minutes

Private sector investment in energy lending and climate finance

Meeting notes of 'Private sector investment in energy lending and climate finance'

Environment

Background

29 November 2010 | Inside the institutions

The role of the World Bank in carbon markets: The Carbon Finance Unit

The World Bank's engagement in carbon finance has expanded from its "pioneering" Prototype Carbon Fund in 1999, which provided the groundwork for the continuously popular market-based approach to emission reductions.

Land

Background

25 November 2010 | Minutes

Notes of meeting between Minster Alan Duncan, the UK Department for International Development and Ci

Meeting notes

Environment

Background

12 October 2010 | Minutes

Energy, Poverty, Sustainability and Climate Change

Minutes of a seminar at the 2010 annual meetings, 8 October 2010

Accountability

Background

4 October 2010 | Minutes

Meeting on the World Bank between DFID and UK NGOs

Notes of a meeting between UK civil society and DFID staff.

Accountability

Background

19 July 2010 | Minutes

Meeting of UK NGOs and Susanna Moorehead, UK Executive Director to the World Bank, and Rachel Turner

Notes of the meeting

Infrastructure

Background

28 April 2010 | Minutes

Meeting on the World Bank with DFID

Notes of a meeting between Rachel Turner of DFID and UK NGOs, April 2010

Environment

Background

23 April 2010 | Minutes

Financing the response to climate change: special drawing rights (SDRs) for climate finance

Civil society event at the World Bank spring meetings 2010, 22 April

Infrastructure

Background

23 April 2010 | Minutes

Governance challenges in financing green and sustainable energy policies

Freidrich-Ebert-Stiftung event at the World Bank spring meetings 2010, 22 April

Infrastructure

Background

23 April 2010 | Minutes

Roundtable on post-crisis economic recovery

World Bank event at the World Bank spring meetings 2010, 22 April

Environment

Background

23 April 2010 | Minutes

World Bank, climate change and climate finance

Civil society event at the World Bank spring meetings 2010, 22 April

Accountability

Background

6 April 2010 | Minutes

Meeting between UK civil society and Susanna Moorehead, UK Executive Director to the World Bank

Minutes of a meeting between UK civil society, UK World Bank Executive Director Susanna Moorehead, and DFID staff

Accountability

Background

3 March 2010 | Minutes

Informal discussion between Rachel Kyte, IFC's Vice President for Business Advisory Services, and NG

Discussion of IFC and the financial crisis, climate change, performance standards and financial intermediaries

Environment

Background

20 November 2009 | Inside the institutions

The role of the World Bank in climate finance

The World Bank currently plays four different roles in arrangements to distribute finance for mitigation and adaptation to climate change in developing countries. In addition, its overall lending portfolio can have significant environmental impacts.

Environment

Background

8 October 2009 | Minutes

CSO Townhall meeting

Notes from the CSO townhall meeting with Dominique Strauss-Kahn and Robert Zoellick

Environment

Background

6 October 2009 | Minutes

Consultation meeting on World Bank environmental strategy

Summary of the first consultation on their new environment strategy, which they will develop next year.

Infrastructure

Background

5 October 2009 | Minutes

Climate Change, Finance and the Multilateral Development Banks Panel

At the World Bank's annual meetings, the World Resources Institute hosted a panel on climate finance which culminated in a presentation and comments by Michele DeNevers, senior manager of the World Bank's Environment Department on the World Bank's role in climate change and climate finance.

Environment

Background

24 September 2009 | Minutes

Meeting on the World Bank between UK NGOs and Douglas Alexander, Secretary of State for Internationa

Minutes of a meeting between Douglas Alexander, Secretary of State for International Development, and UK NGOs, 16 September 2009

Environment

Background

27 April 2009 | Minutes

The World Bank's programs on forests and climate change

A civil society event organised by World Resources Institute (WRI) at the World Bank spring meetings 2009

Environment

Background

31 October 2008 | Minutes

Carbon Finance and the World Bank

World Bank funding of carbon financing

Environment

Background

9 October 2008 | Minutes

Highlights: Meeting of UK NGOs with UK Alternate Executive Director to the World Bank

Meeting between UK NGOs and UK Alternate Execituve Director to the World Bank Caroline Sergeant on 5 September 2008.

IFI governance

Background

30 September 2008 | Minutes

UK NGO meeting with the Secretary of State for International Development, on the World Bank

Summary of meeting: the main agenda items were (1) World Bank governance; and (2) Climate change.

Environment

Background

25 July 2008 | Minutes

Highlights: Meeting of UK NGOs with UK Alternate Executive Director to the World Bank

Meeting between UK NGOs and UK Alternate Execituve Director to the World Bank -Caroline Sergeant- on July 22, 2008.

Environment

Background

13 April 2008 | Minutes

Dialogue with NGOs and Lars Thunell, Executive Vice President and CEO, IFC

Dialogue with NGOs and Lars Thunell, Executive Vice President and CEO, IFC

Environment

Background

13 April 2008 | Minutes

Towards a World Bank Group Strategic Framework on Climate Change and Development

Towards a World Bank Group Strategic Framework on Climate Change and Development

Environment

Background

11 April 2008 | Minutes

Macroeconomic and fiscal implications of climate change and the policies to address it

A briefing by IMF economists at the spring meetings 2008.

IFI governance

Background

11 April 2008 | Minutes

Briefing on the World Bank's Six Strategic Themes

Minutes of a briefing by World Bank staff on the WBG's six strategic themese

Accountability

Background

22 February 2008 | Minutes

BWI-UK / UKAN workshop on World Bank strategic review

Highlights of a 13 February 2008 UK NGO workshop discussing elements of the World Bank's long-term strategic review.

Environment

Background

18 February 2008 | Minutes

Highlights of BWI-UK network meeting with Caroline Sergeant, 7 February 2008

Highlights of NGO meeting with alternative executive director to the World Bank, Caroline Sergeant

Environment

Background

23 October 2007 | Minutes

Townhall meeting and reception with World Bank and IMF presidents and civil society representatives

Highlights of an 18 October 'town hall' meeting between WB-IMF heads and CSOs.

Environment

Background

23 October 2007 | Minutes

The agenda of the Development Committee and the provision of Global Public Goods

Highlights of a 20 October meeting hosted by the FES Foundation on global public goods, at the World Bank-IMF annual meetings 2007.

Infrastructure

Background

23 October 2007 | Minutes

Climate change and clean energy challenges and opportunities in addressing Africa's growing energy n

Highlights of a meeting at the World Bank-IMF annual meetings 2007.

Infrastructure

Background

23 October 2007 | Minutes

Low carbon, high hopes: making climate action work for development

Highlights of a 19 October meeting at the World Bank-IMF annual meetings 2007.

Environment

Background

5 October 2007 | Minutes

Highlights of BWI-UK network meeting with Douglas Alexander

Highlights of a 4 October meeting between NGOs in the BWI-UK network and secretary of state for international development, Douglas Alexander, addressing IFI strategic reviews, aid effectiveness, clean energy/climate change and a number of other issues.

Accountability

Background

25 June 2007 | Minutes

Highlights of UK NGO meeting with UK Executive Director to the WB/IMF Tom Scholar

Highlights of a 22 June 2007 meeting between UK NGOs and UK executive director to the World Bank and IMF, Tom Scholar. Issues covered included review of the Bank's transport strategy, avoided deforestation, conditionality, debt, social protection and IFI governance.

Infrastructure

Background

18 April 2007 | Minutes

Highlights of meeting with Tom Scholar and UK NGOs

Highlights of meeting between Tom Scholar and UK NGOs, April 2007

Environment

Background

16 April 2007 | Minutes

Press briefing with Danny Glover

Minutes of press briefing

Environment

Background

16 April 2007 | Minutes

The DRC's natural resources: a roundtable discussion on forestry, mining and the role of donor insti

Minutes of meeting

Environment

Background

16 April 2007 | Minutes

The World Bank and climate change

Minutes of meeting on climate contradictions at the World Bank spring meetings April 2007.

Environment

Background

18 December 2006 | Minutes

Highlights of meeting with Tom Scholar and UK NGOs

Highlights of meeting between Tom Scholar and UK NGOs, December 2006

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Environment

News

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Environment

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Environment

Background

What is the IMF Resilience and Sustainability Trust?

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Analysis

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Environment

News

Civil society raises concerns of widespread IFC noncompliance with its own Performance Standards on greenhouse gas emissions

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4 October 2023

IFI governance

News

Marrakech CSO working group launches statement ahead of 2023 Annual Meetings

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19 July 2023

Environment

Background

Job opening: Bretton Woods Project seeks Environment Project Officer (closed)

BWP is now accepting applications for the new role of Environment Project Officer, which will support the Project's advocacy and research on the Bretton Woods Institutions' climate-related policies.

11 August 2023 | Recruitment

Environment

News

As World Bank launches Paris alignment approach, unclear guidelines raise greenwashing concerns

Bank’s approach relies on countries' national climate plans, which are not currently collectively aligned with 1.5°C temperature goal.

19 July 2023

Finance

Analysis

World Bank Group Evolution: Technical fixes or urgently needed reform?

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19 July 2023 | At Issue

Finance

Analysis

Against regressive taxes and austerity: IMF and World Bank must pivot tax policies to support a just and green transition

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