Forests

Land

Background

Notes of meeting between Minster Alan Duncan, the UK Department for International Development and Ci

Meeting notes

25 November 2010 | Minutes

Rights

News

Palmed off: World Bank's palm oil framework 'business as usual' despite environmental and rights con

The World Bank’s draft framework for investment in the palm oil sector was met with dismay from civil society groups, who said that it failed to offer a credible strategy to address manifold social and environmental problems.

30 September 2010

Environment

News

World Bank and climate: new roles, old challenges?

With the World Bank and IMF under consideration as significant sources of climate finance, controversy continues around the Bank’s Climate Investment Funds (CIFs) and carbon offset projects.

30 September 2010

Environment

Analysis

The World Bank: Access or impediment to climate finance?

Proposals to place climate funds at an institution like the World Bank, over which developing countries have limited ownership, have undermined the process of negotiations through the UNFCCC. However, G77 countries have stood against the World Bank and have firmly supported placing climate finance under the UN, despite a diversity of positions. Lobbying by the World Bank and key donors both in international and bilateral discussions to secure a significant and decisive position for the Bank with

29 September 2010 | Briefings

Infrastructure

Analysis

Climate Investment Funds Monitor 2

As pilot countries are selected and funding allocated, concern mounts over poor consultation, the weakness of some country proposals, and failure to address governance issues.

27 July 2010 | Briefings

IFI governance

Background

Meeting of UK NGOs and Susanna Moorehead, UK Executive Director to the World Bank, and Rachel Turner

Notes of the meeting

19 July 2010 | Minutes

Rights

News

Is IFC palm oil investment a foregone conclusion?

The World Bank is currently undertaking a major review of its controversial engagement in palm oil production, but critics warn that consultation has been inadequate and that the Bank seems to have already decided to continue investment in the sector.

18 June 2010

Infrastructure

News

IMF's latest prescription: Cure the crisis with austerity

The IMF has gone back to promoting fiscal austerity and pressuring governments to implement spending cuts and structural reforms. Austerity also remains at the heart of the Fund's debt sustainability policies.

17 June 2010

Environment

News

Resistance to Bank's role in climate finance as alternatives gain traction

As talks aim toward an agreement on climate finance in December in Cancun, fault lines remain about the role of the World Bank. Contradictions in recent Bank lending and contributions to alternative financing mechanisms have fuelled ongoing debates about the Bank’s role.

17 June 2010

Environment

News

Court finds fault with IFC-backed paper mill

Controversy over the Botnia paper mill, which was part financed by the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the World Bank's private sector arm, continues as the International Court of Justice (ICJ) ruled that Uruguay breached regional treaty obligations by failing to properly inform neighbouring Argentina when authorising its construction.

17 June 2010