Conflict

Infrastructure

Commentary

Disempowered development

World Bank support for a Nepal power line has been criticised for violating indigenous peoples’ rights and the use of armed forces, yet an Inspection Panel investigation has been delayed.

31 March 2014 | Guest comment

Rights

Commentary

CSO response to the CAO investigation into IFC investment in Corporación Dinant, Honduras

An international statement, signed by 70 organisations, in response to the publication in mid January of a CAO audit and the IFC response and action plan related to IFC investment in Corporación Dinant, Honduras.

16 January 2014 | Statement

Finance

Analysis

The IFIs in 2013: year in review

The Bretton Woods Project review of the most important developments at the World Bank and IMF in 2013.

8 January 2014 | Review

Accountability

Analysis

A fragile solution: World Bank’s new approach to fragile and conflict affected states

World Bank launches a new approach to fragile states, accompanied by resources, including IFC investment but it remains unclear what role it will play in implementing the reforms.

3 December 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

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

Finance

Commentary

Hastily introduced World Bank projects threaten to undermine peace process in Burma

In late 2012 the World Bank announced its first lending to Burma in over 20 years. The concern among many grassroots activists, however, is that the areas to which this money will be funnelled are still in the earliest stages of the peace process, and that huge influxes of money will undermine efforts for sustainable peace.

22 January 2013 | Guest comment

IFI governance

News

CAO to facilitate dispute resolution over Chad-Cameroon pipeline

In November, the Compliance Advisor/ Ombudsman (CAO), the accountability mechanism for the Bank's private sector arm, published its assessment of a 2011 complaint from a Chadian group of NGOs on behalf of local inhabitants and communities affected by a pipeline in Chad.

6 December 2012

IFI governance

News

IFC failed to act on "forced evictions"?

In August, the Compliance Advisor/Ombudsman (CAO), the accountability mechanism of the International Finance Corporation (IFC, the World Bank's private sector arm), launched an audit into its $30 million investment in palm oil and food company Corporaci

3 October 2012

Finance

News

World Bank urged to review Rwandan support

Human Rights Watch (HRW) has asked the World Bank to review its support for Rwanda in the light of strong evidence of its "disregard of fundamental human rights", including killings of civilians, sexual violence, forced recruitment of children and torture.

2 October 2012