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World Development Report: labour market deregulation and the erosion of workers’ rights

Rights

Analysis

World Bank’s vision of work leaves it isolated from the international community

World Bank's vision of the changing nature of work clashes with the feminist community, civil society, trade unions and international organisations.

6 December 2018

Environment

Analysis

World Bank's investment in Seven Energy in Nigeria once again calls Bank's due diligence into question

World Bank's due diligence processes highly suspect as it invests a quarter of a billion dollars in Nigerian Seven Energy, where several individuals associated with the company’s flagship contract are now either on the run or charged with money laundering.

6 December 2018 | At Issue

Rights

Commentary

World Bank and IMF Annual Meetings marred by clampdown on People’s Global Conference

Clampdown on civil society leaves stain on this year’s Annual Meetings, as global civic space is increasingly under threat

6 December 2018 | Comment

Gender

Analysis

Bretton Woods Institutions’ instrumental gender approach ignores structural elephant in the room

IMF and World Bank continue to undermine gender equality through bulk of macroeconomic policy advice.

6 December 2018 | Guest analysis

Accountability

News

Civil society apprehensive as World Bank launches new Environmental and Social Framework

Despite years of preparation, civil society organisations remain unconvinced that reform of Bank’s safeguards has been for the better

6 December 2018

Knowledge

News

Doing Business 2019: World Bank’s tunnel vision obscures calls for reform

The Doing Business Report 2019 criticised by civil society over its promotion of deregulation and low business tax.

6 December 2018
Philip Alston, special rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights present his report at the 38th Regular Session of the Human Rights Council.

Social services

News

IMF and World Bank’s support for privatisation condemned by UN expert

A new UN report shines light on how IMF and World Bank support for privatisation contributes to the elimination of human rights

6 December 2018

Environment

News

As climate crisis bites, World Bank further distances itself from coal

International Finance Corporation announced new ‘green equity’ policy to encourage financial intermediaries to divest from coal, while Bank pulled plug on mooted Kosovo coal project.

6 December 2018
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Other news

Rights

News

Civil society calls for more protection of human rights defenders in development as IFC publishes position

Defenders in Development Campaign welcomes IFC’s position on retaliation against human rights defenders in development but call for more specific actions

6 December 2018

Private Sector

News

IFC launches consultation on draft Operating Principles for Impact Management

As IFC launches consultation on draft Principles, its declining development outcome performance as 'first impact investor' provides useful point of departure.

6 December 2018

Accountability

News

US Supreme Court hears oral arguments on challenge to IFC’s absolute immunity

Plaintiffs make case for ending IFC's 'absolute immunity'

6 December 2018

Rights

News

World Bank dispute arbitration mechanism publishes proposed rule changes

The World Bank-funded International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes has published its proposed changes to its rules for resolving disputes between states and foreign investors, with ongoing consultation.

6 December 2018

Rights

News

Workers unite after IFC fails to comply with its labour standard

Malaysian workers certify union of choice despite efforts of IFC-backed company.

6 December 2018

Accountability

News

Annual Meetings in Bali: BWP’s Dispatch, and alternative events

BWP publishes Dispatch as civil society organise alternative events during IMF and World Bank Annual Meetings in Bali

27 September 2018

Land

News

Potential Inspection Panel probe of Amaravati 'land grab' allegations deferred again

Panel received request to investigate allegations related to proposed World Bank loan in 2017.

27 September 2018

Infrastructure

News

World Bank reconsiders support for coal in Kosovo

Bank commissions energy options study, which will explore alternate electricity sources.

27 September 2018
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