Climate change

Infrastructure

News

New deal allows for ICSID claims on fossil fuel investments until 2033

Loophole in renegotiated Energy Charter Treaty could see companies sue countries for losses related to fossil fuel projects until 2033.

4 October 2022

Land

News

IFC approves loan to industrial agriculture producer in Brazil despite pleas for protection of sensitive grassland biome

World Bank’s IFC $200 loan for large-scale agricultural production in Brazil disregards serious human rights and environmental concerns, despite calls by 200 civil society organisations globally

21 July 2022

Accountability

Analysis

Ending “absolute immunity” for the International Finance Corporation: The legacy of Jam v. IFC

EarthRights International examines how the Jam v. IFC case has helped to shift the landscape of accountability for international financial institutions by successfully challenging their claim to “absolute” immunity in US courts, potentially opening IFC up to further legal challenges in future.

21 July 2022 | At Issue

Finance

Analysis

A new Bretton Woods for whom? Civil society calls for democratisation of global governance

As geopolitical tensions rise amidst worsening global economic conditions, civil society demands the democratisation of a world economic order away from the established Global North and elite capitalist hegemony.

21 July 2022

Environment

News

Mozambique IMF loan moves forward amid serious sustainability and transparency concerns

Fresh $456m IMF loan to Mozambique risks adding to insecurity and debt crisis as LNG projects have fuelled conflict and likely to become stranded assets.

21 July 2022

IFI governance

Analysis

V20 calls for more equitable international financial system to tackle risks posed to climate vulnerable developing countries

The communiqué for the V20 highlighted multitude of crises facing climate-vulnerable developing countries, with continuing challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic and unequally felt climate change impacts now being exacerbated by the spillover effects from the Ukraine war.

26 April 2022

Environment

Commentary

IMF programme in Pakistan undermines renewable energy roll-out

Loan programme in Pakistan undermines country’s plans for low-carbon transition, as tax breaks on renewables and EVs slashed from IMF-mandated mini-budget.

6 April 2022 | Guest comment

Environment

Analysis

Lack of public finance and debt relief at COP26 undermines countries' climate goals

Climate-for-debt swaps mechanism proposed by IMF fails to materialise, while rich countries' climate finance commitments remain unmet.

9 December 2021

Environment

News

World Bank accused of being ‘ongoing underperformer’ at COP26, as key Bank shareholders commit to fossil-fuel finance phaseout

UN official and civil society criticise World Bank and other MDBs for lack of ambition at COP26.

9 December 2021

Environment

Analysis

IMF surveillance and climate change transition risks

New briefing by ActionAid USA and the Bretton Woods Project highlights research showing that IMF policy advice has undermined a just energy transition since the Paris Agreement was signed.

8 November 2021 | Briefings