Forests

Environment

News

US abstains from IFC investment in Mozambique paper plantation

US has abstained from voting on an IFC investment in a forestry project in Mozambique, raising concerns about environmental and social impacts.

31 March 2015

IFI governance

News

Gonzalo Castro de la Mata appointed new Inspection Panel member

Gonzalo Castro de la Mata was appointed as a new member of the World Bank's Inspection Panel in December 2013.

23 January 2014

Rights

News

Inspection Panel finds World Bank did not apply safeguards on Kenya forest project

The World Bank board has approved the action plan in response to the Inspection Panel report on the Kenya Sengwer case. The Sengwer indigenous community welcomed the action plan but demanded recognition of their status as "custodians" of the Embobut forest.

18 November 2014

Environment

Analysis

World Bank forests projects under fire

World Bank continues to strongly back REDD+ forest projects, which have been criticised for not consulting indigenous peoples or respecting land rights.

20 June 2014

Rights

Analysis

IFC fails to act on human rights abuses in Honduras

IFC accountability mechanism formally links World Bank client to human rights abuses on palm oil project in Honduras, and highlights systemic problems with IFC procedures.

23 January 2014

IFI governance

News

US Congressional legislation threatens IMF and World Bank plans

US legislature’s spending bill blocks IMF governance reform, insists the World Bank pay reparations to communities that suffer human rights abuses, and bans US support for large dams or extractive projects in tropical forests.

23 January 2014

Environment

Analysis

Kenya evictions: foreshadowing future World Bank forest work?

Indigenous peoples have been evicted from their forests by a conservation project in Kenya funded by the World Bank. The Bank is currently drafting a new forests action plan.

23 January 2014

Environment

Analysis

Forest Investment Program (FIP)

Chapter of CIFs Monitor 8 on the Forest Investment Program (FIP)

23 October 2013

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

Private Sector

Analysis

IFC financed 'land grabs' in Cambodia, Laos and Honduras exposed

While the World Bank's leadership is further embracing private equity funds, the IFC's investment in financial intermediaries is again hitting the headlines over allegations of 'land grabs' in South East Asia and lack of respect for indigenous people's rights in Honduras.

26 June 2013