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World Bank Group

Knowledge

Analysis

Death of Doing Business Report greatly exaggerated as World Bank announces rebranding plans

World Bank announces relaunch of Doing Business Report in approximately two years.

9 December 2021

Finance

Analysis

Debt crisis prevention: We need to talk about capital controls

IMF's position on capital controls must be revised to recognise that they are an essential and permanent macroeconomic tool necessary to increase countries' policy autonomy and enable them to act counter-cyclically and to prevent future debt crises.

9 December 2021 | At Issue

Environment

Analysis

Lack of public finance and debt relief at COP26 undermines countries' climate goals

Climate-for-debt swaps mechanism proposed by IMF fails to materialise, while rich countries' climate finance commitments remain unmet.

9 December 2021
Ecosistemas advocates protest against Alto Maipo project before IFC building.

IFI governance

Commentary

Alto Maipo: Harms endure due to MDBs' lack of proper due diligence

World Bank and Inter-American Development Bank's reactive independent accountability mechanisms cannot address harms caused by lack of proper due diligence in Alto Maipo.

9 December 2021 | Guest comment

Environment

News

World Bank accused of being ‘ongoing underperformer’ at COP26, as key Bank shareholders commit to fossil-fuel finance phaseout

UN official and civil society criticise World Bank and other MDBs for lack of ambition at COP26.

9 December 2021

IFI governance

Analysis

Development Committee communiqué analysis - Annual Meetings 2021

The Development Committee communiqué was published on 15 October. It acknowledged an uneven and uncertain path to recovery, while it kept silent on the need for a TRIPS waiver of the Covid-19 vaccines and said little about the IMF’s new $650 billion allocation of SDRs.

19 October 2021

IFI governance

Analysis

Annual Meetings Wrap-up: despite urgent climate and development needs, geopolitics and deference to private finance rule the day

Doing Business scandal once again highlights that geopolitical wrangling is key driving force behind Bretton Woods Institutions’ governance structure and policy prescriptions.

19 October 2021

IFI governance

Analysis

G20 communiqué analysis – Annual Meetings 2021

G20 offers sanguine tone on the global health and debt crises, failing to address issues related to vaccines and private creditors.

19 October 2021
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Other news

Rights

News

Open letter UN Human Rights Council and UN Special Rapporteur on Disability Rights, Gerard Quinn

Letter from World Bank Disabled Support Group to UN Human Rights Council and UN Special Rapporteur on Disability Rights

9 December 2021 | Letters

Social services

News

Global Day of Action against the IMF and World Bank rejects corporate recovery agenda

Civil society day of action rejects corporate agenda and greenwashing in World Bank and IMF Covid-19 recovery.

9 December 2021

Finance

News

Civil society frustrated by lack of substantive engagement in IDA20 replenishment process

Private sector first approach intact in IDA20 replenishment despite CSO recommendations.

9 December 2021

Gender

Background

Gender Project Officer vacancy (CLOSED)

BWP is looking for a Project Officer to support the Bretton Woods Project team in monitoring the work of the World Bank and IMF, supporting critical civil society communities, and advocating for transformational change.

16 November 2021 | Recruitment

IFI governance

Background

The World Bank’s Development Policy Financing: implications for a just, green and feminist recovery

Notes from the Civil Society Policy Forum session on 29 September on the implications and shortcomings of how Development Policy Financing nudges countries towards policy reforms.

19 October 2021 | Minutes

IFI governance

Background

Building back better through IDA20: Public investment as a tool for socio-economic transformation in Africa

Notes from the Civil Society Policy Forum session on 7 October on IDA20's replenishment implications with a focus on Africa.

19 October 2021 | Minutes

IFI governance

Background

The role of the World Bank in combatting economic gender inequality in conflict-affected countries

Notes from the Civil Society Policy Forum session on 8 October on the need for the World Bank to better address economic gender inequality in conflict-affected countries.

8 October 2021 | Minutes

IFI governance

Background

Building back better health systems: lessons from the WBG's Covid-19 response and recovery plans

Notes from the Civil Society Policy Forum session on 6 October on the World Bank's need to highlight the centrality of public healthcare systems, central to a just and equitable recovery.

6 October 2021 | Minutes
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