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IFI governance

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“Godmother of austerity” appointment to World Bank chief economist post

Carmen Reinhart, co-author of influential 2010 pro-austerity paper, named to key post.

16 July 2020

Accountability

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CSOs raise concerns about conflict of interest related to World Bank technical assistance loan in Guyana

Law firm contracted under World Bank technical assistance apparently backs out after CSOs expose links to ExxonMobil.

16 July 2020
Kasimba Prinary School, Mpanda District, Katavi Region, Tanzania. August 2019.

Social services

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The World Bank, Covid-19 and public education: two steps forward one step back

World Bank’s new report on education and Covid-19 contrasts with IFC announcement on freezing private school investments.

16 July 2020

Rights

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IFC denies responsibility for community harms following CAO’s Guatemala dam investigation

IFC denies responsibility for harms to the community in dam case despite investigation findings.

16 July 2020
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
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Finance

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Argentina increases offer to bondholders after IMF claims “room for improvement”

Private creditors provided with IMF backing in Argentina negotiations as country enters into default.

16 July 2020

Rights

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Concerns over labour rights resurface in IFC's Covid-19 response

Joint letter to IFC chief executive officer raises questions on worker protections.

16 July 2020

Finance

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Failure to lend to Venezuela and Iran once again raises questions around IMF’s political neutrality

IMF fails to respond to loan requests from Iran and Venezula as they struggle to respond to increasing Covid-19 cases and deaths.

16 July 2020

Land

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IMF and World Bank help push through contentious Ukraine land reform amid Covid-19 pandemic

Bank and Fund-backed land bill passed in dead of night during lockdown favouring private investors and Western agribusiness.

16 July 2020

IFI governance

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IFC CEO announces planned retirement

Philippe Le Houérou will depart 1 October, after joining IFC in 2015.

16 July 2020

Finance

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IMF watchdog releases Covid-19 tracker

Database launched on Covid-19-related IMF spending to help civil society keep track of lending programmes.

16 July 2020

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
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