View all articles

MIGA

IFI governance

Analysis

Fears of shrinking civil society space as World Bank Staff Association calls for axing of Spring Meetings

World Bank Staff Association's call for permanent cancellation of Spring Meetings and its CSPF raises long-standing concerns about the need for improved civil society engagement by the Bank and Fund.

21 April 2020

Finance

Analysis

COVID-19 crisis highlights urgency of reconsidering World Bank's MFD approach

Looming financial crisis has roots in Bank's privatisation, financialisation and deregulation agenda.

7 April 2020

Private Sector

Analysis

Recipe for disaster: The IMF and World Bank’s role in the financialisation of food and agriculture

World Bank and IMF contribute to financialisation and coorperatisation of agriculture contributing to food insecurity, concentration of power and climate emergency.

7 April 2020

Infrastructure

Analysis

Ghana’s Sankofa gas project - backed by World Bank - brings fiscal pain

Ghana left with $250 million bill for unused gas in 2019 primarily due to ‘take or pay’ clause in Bank-supported PPP contract.

7 April 2020
Former World Bank chief economist, Pinelopi Goldberg (left) Credit: World Bank; Geoffrey Okamoto, appointed IMF first deputy managing director (right)

IFI governance

News

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
IMF Board of Governors, Bali, Indonesia, 2018

IFI governance

Background

IMF and World Bank decision-making and governance

This Inside the Institutions looks at decision-making and governance structures at the IMF and World Bank.

7 April 2020 | Inside the institutions

IFI governance

Commentary

Reviews of World Bank Group’s accountability mechanisms too important to be done in secret

Civil society deeply concerned about lack of transparency and consultation in ongoing reviews of World Bank's accountability mechanisms.

12 December 2019 | Guest comment

IFI governance

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
View all articles

Other news

Infrastructure

News

Civil society calls on IFC and other MDBs to stop financing damaging Balkan dams

A June petition signed by more than 120,000 people called on IFIs, “to immediately stop funding for projects that are located in protected areas.”

27 September 2018

Accountability

News

CAO accepts complaint related to MIGA guarantee for TANAP

Complaint is latest in a series of environmental & social concerns raised about Southern Gas Corridor

4 April 2018

Private Sector

News

CSOs call on World Bank to halt its aggressive support of PPPs

152 CSOs call demand World Bank halt its aggressive support of PPPs, publicaly recognise their significant risks.

6 December 2017

IFI governance

News

World Bank appoints Georgieva as CEO of IBRD and IDA

In October, World Bank President Jim Yong Kim announced the appointment of Kristalina Georgieva as chief executive officer of IBRD and IDA.

3 July 2017

IFI governance

Background

Engaging citizens for better development results

Notes from IEG-sponsored citizen's engagement civil society policy forum session - 19 April

20 April 2017 | Minutes

IFI governance

News

World Bank accountability mechanisms look to improve complainant protection

In response to increasing concern about the safety of human rights and environmental defenders, the World Bank’s accountability mechanisms look to improve complainant protection against retaliation and intimidation.

29 June 2016

IFI governance

Background

World Bank Group strategy and reform process

Minutes from a World Bank sponsored event on the new World Bank Group strategy during the 2013 WB/IMF annual meetings.

13 October 2013 | Minutes

Accountability

News

MIGA approves new facility for fragile states

The Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency announced in mid April the creation of a new Conflict-Affected and Fragile Economies Facility (CAFEF).

26 June 2013
View all articles