MIGA

IMF Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva and World Bank President Ajay Banga at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2024 in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland, 17 January. Credit: World Economic Forum / Benedikt von Loebell

IFI governance

Analysis

Spring Meetings 2024 Preamble: Bretton Woods Institutions continue to sleepwalk through crises as 80th anniversary of Bretton Woods Conference approaches

At a time when transformative changes on governance and development financing are required, the World Bank and IMF have instead opted for a slimmed down Spring Meetings schedule.

11 April 2024

IFI governance

Analysis

IDA21: Moving beyond a focus on ‘historic’ replenishment

Calls for a ‘historic’ IDA21 replenishment risk diverting attention from the policy framework necessary for IDA to support countries to break their dependence on development finance and undertake the ecologically sustainable and just economic transformation long sought by their populations.

9 April 2024 | Guest analysis

Finance

Analysis

Decolonising the global economic architecture: The prerequisite for a just transition

Global South faces severe structural deficiencies that weaken its economic sovereignty and put it at the mercy of a neo-colonial global financial architecture.

13 December 2023

Environment

News

World Bank’s reliance on private capital to finance green transition in low- and middle-income countries risks falling flat

Despite lofty rhetoric, Bank’s attempts to use scarce concessional finance to build investable project pipelines to secure power sector decarbonisation faces significant hurdles.

4 October 2023

Environment

News

MIGA’s new insurance for voluntary carbon offsets risks propping up junk assets, say campaigners

World Bank’s political insurance arm to provide risk cover to existing offsets if they are affected by governments efforts to better regulate problem-plagued offset schemes.

4 October 2023

Infrastructure

News

MIGA’s support for gas projects raises concerns about its climate credentials

World Bank’s commercial insurance arm provided nearly $850 million in guarantees for gas projects in Bangladesh and Mozambique in fiscal year 2022.

5 April 2023

Environment

Background

Job opening: Bretton Woods Project seeks Environment Project Officer (closed)

BWP is now accepting applications for the new role of Environment Project Officer, which will support the Project's advocacy and research on the Bretton Woods Institutions' climate-related policies.

11 August 2023 | Recruitment
Cartoon representing the World Bank choosing the path towards an unsustainable future

IFI governance

Analysis

Civil society calls for World Bank to reroute ‘Evolution Roadmap’ away from Cascade

Civil society questions the proposed expansion of the Cascade approach, which has failed to deliver the ‘trillions’ promised.

19 July 2023

Environment

News

As World Bank launches Paris alignment approach, unclear guidelines raise greenwashing concerns

Bank’s approach relies on countries' national climate plans, which are not currently collectively aligned with 1.5°C temperature goal.

19 July 2023

IFI governance

Analysis

Spring Meetings 2023 Preamble: Threats to multilateral system and to achievement of development goals mount as hopes of substantive reform at World Bank and IMF wane

Spring Meetings unlikely to deliver structural reforms required to respond to worsening polycrisis, as Global North-driven World Bank reform set to divert attention from poverty and inequality and geopolitical tensions dampen hopes of new SDR allocation and IMF quota reform.

6 April 2023

IFI governance

Analysis

Democratic deficit in World Bank presidential appointment: Where is the evolution?

The World Bank Group needs to address its democratic deficit and lack of accountability. As it prepares to elect a new president and implement its “evolution roadmap”, it should use these key opportunities to embrace a profound reform.

5 April 2023

Environment

News

World Bank’s update on Paris alignment fizzles at COP27 as countries demand MDBs evolve to face climate emergency

Despite continued public rhetoric about importance of civil society engagement, Bank is yet to commit to holding a public consultation period on its Paris alignment approach.

8 December 2022