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Former World Bank chief economist, Pinelopi Goldberg (left) Credit: World Bank; Geoffrey Okamoto, appointed IMF first deputy managing director (right)

IFI governance

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Senior-level staff changes at World Bank and IMF

World Bank chief economist departs as key role is “eroded”, while IMF’s Georgieva makes series of high-level appointments.

7 April 2020

Accountability

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World Bank board silent on Guatemala dam investigation review after February meeting

World Bank board silent following meeting on Guatemala dam investigation into IFC-linked harms.

7 April 2020
Map of Armed conflict zones in Myanmar (Burma) since 1995.

Private Sector

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Myanmar deemed rising Doing Business star, but at what cost?

World Bank praises Myanmar for improvement in Doing Business ranking, ignoring the implications of proposed reforms on country’s complex conflict dynamics.

7 April 2020
CEDAW Committee member Hiroko Akizuki discusses impacts of IMF conditionality on women in Pakistan at the 75th session of the CEDAW Committee.

Gender

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UN holds Pakistan to account for IMF programme impacts on women

Concerns raised about IMF conditions pushing women back into poverty and informal work.

7 April 2020

Gender

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Letter to IMF Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva on women's rights and gender equality

Over 60 civil society organisations call on the IMF to focus on the harmful impacts of its own policy advice on women's rights and gender equality.

18 February 2020 | Letters

Environment

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EIB rules out most fossil fuel funding from 2021, setting new benchmark for MDBs

New energy policy sees European Investment Bank end support for unabated coal, oil and gas from 2021.

12 December 2019
The IMF's managing director Kristalina Georgieva, among others, at a seminar entitled, 'Can Central Banks Fight Climate Change' during the 2019 IMF Annual Meetings.

Environment

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IMF joins discussion on greening financial sector, as climate risks threaten macro-stability

Fund and central banks increasingly pondering macroeconomic policies to tackle climate risks.

12 December 2019

Finance

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New IMF head applauds Trumps tax reforms

IMF managing director hints at change to corporate tax agenda and softened relationship with US administration

12 December 2019
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Accountability

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Long-awaited accountability reforms announced by World Bank board

World Bank board announces Inspection Panel reform package to a mixed reception

7 April 2020

Rights

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Civil society launches framework to assess human rights impact of health privatisation

CSO framework evaluates consequences of private sector activity on right to health.

7 April 2020

Finance

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World Bank pandemic bond instrument fails in COVID-19 response

World Bank's ‘innovative’ health financing instrument proved to be slow and late.

7 April 2020

IFI governance

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Accountability Counsel launches key tool for accountability community

Accountability Console provides complete database of Independent Accountability Mechanism complaints.

12 December 2019

IFI governance

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US blocks IMF voting righs redistribution

Fund’s 15th review of quotas delayed as US blocks redistribution of voting rights.

12 December 2019

Accountability

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IFC accountability mechanism investigates World Bank-funded for-profit schools

CAO initiates investigation following complaint related to IFC-funded Bridge International Academies in Kenya.

12 December 2019

Accountability

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Civil society urges US Congress to hold IFC accountable before approving capital increase

CSOs express concerns at congressional hearing about pending IFC capital increase.

12 December 2019

Land

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World Bank, IMF and EBRD push for controversial land reform in Ukraine

Ukraine passes contentious draft land reform law under pressure from World Bank, IMF and EBRD.

12 December 2019
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