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Civil society representatives participate in townhall during the World Bank Annual Meetings in Marrakech, October 2023. Credit: World Bank / Flickr

Accountability

Analysis

Is the World Bank rolling back commitments to citizen engagement, again?

Understanding the Bank’s chequered history with public, community and civil society participation is key for understanding what is at stake and what to do next.

3 July 2024 | At Issue

Finance

News

'Worst ever’ debt crisis puts IDA’s financial model at risk, underscoring need for ambitious donor contributions to IDA21 replenishment

The unfolding debt crisis threatens IDA’s support for 75 low-income countries, without replenishment of grant resources.

3 July 2024

Environment

News

World Bank's $1 billion loan to South Africa risks undermining just transition by doubling down on 'de-risking' private capital

Despite the Just Energy Transition Partnership's failure to attract private investments in South Africa, the World Bank is doubling down on a private sector led approach to the green transition through $1 billion loan contingent on the separation of Eskom’s activities.

3 July 2024

Private Sector

Background

What is the International Finance Corporation (IFC)?

This Inside the Institutions explores the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the World Bank Group’s private sector arm. It examines the function of the IFC as a development institution focused solely on private sector solutions to development and considers civil society critiques.

3 July 2024 | Inside the institutions

Land

News

World Bank agricultural reform programme facilitates exploitation of Zambian farmers 

New seed law will benefit agribusiness but infringe on farmers’ rights to share and reuse their own seeds, which will undermine food security in a country where smallholder farmers grow most of the country’s staple food.

3 July 2024

IFI governance

Analysis

G20 press conference analysis Spring Meetings 2024: Concrete actions fail to materialise despite strong Brazilian push

In the absence of a G20 Communiqué or Chair statement, Brazilian minister of finance, head of the central bank and other senior officials took questions at a short press conference, with discussion focused on the impact of continued restrictive US monetary policy on the global debt and development finance and the need for more responsive and better capitalised MDBs.

24 April 2024

IFI governance

Analysis

V20 communiqué analysis Spring Meetings 2024: Climate vulnerable countries issue call to action, as net-negative flows result in ‘millions in, billions out’ amid growing debt burdens

V20 members are expected to pay $904.7 billion in debt service between 2022-2030, as debt, lack of financing and low projected growth hampers prospects for green economic transformation.

24 April 2024

IFI governance

Analysis

G24 communiqué analysis Spring Meetings 2024: Calls for reform, not protectionism

The Spring 2024 G24 communiqué puts pressure on the BWIs to use their influence where it’s needed, including calls to suspend and review surcharges, offer the biggest ever IDA replenishment, suppot the UN Tax Convention, and avoid protectionist policies.

24 April 2024
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Other news

Infrastructure

News

Banga calls energy access a ‘human right’ as he announces World Bank will provide access for 250 million people in Sub-Saharan Africa by 2030

Explicit mention of human rights obligations has long been a taboo subject at the World Bank.

3 July 2024

Trade

News

Ecuador ratifies 2008 ban on investor-state dispute settlement mechanism

Ecuador referendum reinforces the country’s decision against a mechanism criticised for being asymmetric, unjust and detrimental to citizens’ rights.

3 July 2024

Gender

News

Tara Povey joins the Bretton Woods Project as new Gender Equality and Macroeconomics Project Lead

Tara will continue the work of the gender team in advocacy targeting the IMF and the World Bank.

3 July 2024 | Project news

IFI governance

Background

Adequate disclosure, public review, and consultation for environmental and social impacts before World Bank Group financing decisions

Notes from the Civil Society Policy Forum on 19 April 2024 titled, "Adequate disclosure, public review, and consultation for environmental and social impacts before World Bank Group financing decisions".

19 April 2024 | Minutes

IFI governance

Background

Beyond size in IDA21 replenishment: What about socio-economic transformation?

Notes from Civil Society Policy Forum panel 19 April titled, "Beyond size in IDA21 replenishment: What about soci0-economic transformation?"

19 April 2024 | Minutes

IFI governance

Background

Making the new Loss and Damage Fund a success – Recommendations by climate vulnerable civil society

Notes from the Civil Society Policy Forum session on 18 April 2024 titled, "Making the new Loss and Damage Fund a success – Recommendations by climate vulnerable civil society"

18 April 2024 | Minutes

IFI governance

Background

When exits and accountability collide: What happens when IFC exits projects mid-accountability process?

Notes from Civil Society Policy Forum on Thursday, 18 April titled, "When exits & accountability collide: What happens when IFC exits projects mid-accountability process?"

18 April 2024 | Minutes

IFI governance

Background

Fit for purpose: Reviewing green conditionalities in the IMF RST and World Bank RST

Notes from the Civil Society Policy Forum on 18 April 2024 titled, "Fit for purpose: Reviewing green conditionalities in the IMF RST and World Bank RST."

18 April 2024 | Minutes
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