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IFC

Finance

Analysis

The Bretton Woods Institutions and the second crisis of multilateralism

At 75, the World Bank and IMF face a crisis of multilateralism in no small part of their own making as failed economic policies have resulted in skepticism of the international order they helped to create.

30 July 2019 | At Issue

Rights

News

Landmark report finds attacks on human rights defenders in name of ‘development’ on the rise

World Bank and IFC identified as key funders of projects that endanger human rights defenders.

30 July 2019

Gender

News

World Bank’s women entrepreneur initiatives just “smoke and mirrors”

As We-Fi launches regional West Africa summit, feminists criticise narrow focus of women entrepreneur initiatives, while funding for women’s rights is in decline.

30 July 2019

Environment

News

IFC’s Green Equity Strategy faces set-back at Board

As climate crisis deepens, IFC’s Green Equity Strategy faces delay from World Bank’s Board, with CSO activists calling Board’s foot-dragging a ‘scandal’.

30 July 2019
The wind park near the village of Bulgarevo,Bulgaria.

Environment

Analysis

Low-carbon infrastructure, sustainable finance, and people-focused development

This briefing emphasises the interdependence between the SDGs and the Paris Climate Agreement, in terms of ensuring that all new infrastructure is climate resilient and aligned with the low- or zero-carbon pathways required to avert catastrophic climate change – which would render achieving the SDGs impossible.

18 July 2019 | Briefings

IFI governance

Analysis

Spring Meetings wrap-up 2019: what crisis of multilateralism?

As the world ponders the fate of a beleaguered multilateralism on the 75th anniversary of the Bank and Fund, both fail to act on essential governance reforms and opt to maintain the unjust privilege of the Global North.

16 April 2019

IFI governance

Analysis

Development Committee communiqué analysis – Spring 2019

Analysis of the Development Committee communiqué published on 13 April.

16 April 2019

IFI governance

Analysis

G24 communiqué analysis – Spring 2019

Analysis of the IMFC communiqué, issued on 13 April, from the 2019 World Bank-IMF Spring Meetings, Washington DC.

16 April 2019
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Other news

Social services

News

Human Rights Council resolution challenges World Bank approach to education

Abidjan Principles recognition by UN HRC states confronts World Bank privatization push in education.

30 July 2019

Accountability

News

IFC capital increase not a priority for US Congress

US Congress yet to approve World Bank’s proposed capital increase agreed in 2018.

30 July 2019

Rights

News

IFC announces changes to environmental and social framework after loss of immunity in the US

IFC announces changes to environment and social safeguards after historic United States Supreme Court ruling.

30 July 2019

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

Finance

Background

Taxes, Taxes, Taxes: Shifting the IFI Narrative to Progressive Gender-just Taxation

Notes from the Civil Society Policy Forum session on 12 April on the changing international tax landscape from a feminist perspective and challenging IFIs’ role in shaping it at the World Bank and IMF's 2019 Spring Meetings.

16 April 2019 | Minutes

Knowledge

Background

Recommended resources on the World Bank and IMF: 2018

BOOKS Enforcing the rules in a global economy: The emergence of structural conditionality in the…

1 February 2019 | Resource

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
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