Aid

Finance

News

World Bank trust funds database criticised

A World Bank website purporting to give more transparency on Bank group trust fund datasets has been labelled by a freedom of information website are not reader friendly.

2 December 2013

IFI governance

Background

UK civil society meeting with UK World Bank Executive Director Gwen Hines

The Bretton Woods Project convenes meetings with World Bank and IMF executive directors (EDs) several times a year. On 17 September the Project and civil society representatives met with Gwen Hines, the UK World Bank ED. Here are the notes from the meeting.

4 October 2013 | Minutes

IFI governance

Analysis

Annual meetings 2013: communiqués coverage

Detailed analysis of the communiqués from the 2013 World Bank and IMF annual meetings.

12 October 2013

Infrastructure

Analysis

World Bank says "stars are aligned" for large infrastructure

The World Bank, in conjunction with the G20, is reinvigorating its infrastructure focus, paying particular attention to leveraging resources from the private sector and investing in fragile and conflict affected states. It announced a return to big hydropower projects, despite continued concerns about projects in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Guatemala and Uganda.

26 June 2013

Finance

News

UK Multilateral Aid Review update reveals limited progress at the World Bank

The July 2013 Multilateral Aid Review reveals concerns regarding the International Development Association and the International Finance Corporation

3 October 2013

Finance

Analysis

First ever real-terms drop in IDA agreed

As the negotiations on the 17th replenishment of the World Bank's International Development Association (IDA) pass the half way mark, a real-terms drop in IDA and stingier terms for borrowers have been agreed. The discussion has focussed largely on the private sector and fragile states.

18 September 2013

IFI governance

Analysis

Memorandum to the International Development Committee

In written evidence submitted to the UK parliament's International Development Committee, we argue that further reform of the World Bank is needed.

26 June 2013 | Briefings

IFI governance

Analysis

World Bank's new strategy: 'deliverology' for the private sector?

As the World Bank's attention moves from goal-setting to implementation of a new strategy, it is becoming clear that it intends to further prioritise the role of the private sector and adopt many practices of its private sector arm, the International Finance Corporation (IFC), as the main pillars for the whole group.

26 June 2013

IFI governance

Analysis

World Bank "short-sighted and cross-eyed" on fossil fuels

As the World Bank released a new report on the impacts of climate change and is due to discuss its energy focus, it defended its engagement in fossil fuels, including the Kosovo coal power plant.

26 June 2013

Finance

Background

IFC blended finance

The International Finance Corporation (IFC), the World Bank's private sector arm, has recently formalised its 'blended finance' approach, undertaking investment in the private sector at lower than market rates using subsidies provided by donors. Donors' concessional funds are combined with the IFC's own non-concessional funding.

26 June 2013 | Inside the institutions