Forests

Infrastructure

Analysis

Clean energy targets for the World Bank

This paper questions what the World Bank counts as clean energy and whether it reports on its energy lending in an accountable way. The concerns it highlights demonstrate the need for a far more rigorous and transparent approach, subject to independent monitoring.

14 May 2010 | Briefings

Infrastructure

Background

Meeting on the World Bank with DFID

Notes of a meeting between Rachel Turner of DFID and UK NGOs, April 2010

28 April 2010 | Minutes

Environment

News

Guyanese oppose REDD without consultation

Participants reviewing proposed low carbon development strategies and Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation policies of the World Bank at a workshop on Indigenous peoples' rights, extractive industries and national development policies in Guyana, expressed dissatisfaction with the consultation process indicating that previous concerns were yet to be addressed.

16 April 2010

Environment

Analysis

Climate Investment Funds Monitor 1

Donors have pledged $6.2 billion to the World Bank hosted Climate Investment Funds (CIFs) making them big players in current climate finance. The last three months have seen the Scaling Up Renewable Energy programme launched, new country investment plans endorsed by the Clean Technology Fund, and pilot countries selected for the Forest Investment Programme. A discussion paper, commissioned by the CIFs Administrative Unit has begun to look at lessons that can be learnt and incorporated in the rol

16 March 2010 | Briefings

Environment

Background

CSO Townhall meeting

Notes from the CSO townhall meeting with Dominique Strauss-Kahn and Robert Zoellick

8 October 2009 | Minutes

Environment

Background

Consultation meeting on World Bank environmental strategy

Summary of the first consultation on their new environment strategy, which they will develop next year.

6 October 2009 | Minutes

IFI governance

Background

Safeguard policies and performance standards

Originally drafted as internal operational policies to guide staff, World Bank safeguard policies evolved after pressure from environmental and social groups in the 1980s and were first officially implemented in 1998. They aim to protect people and the environment from the adverse effects of Bank-financed operations and are based on international agreements, even if these protections are not explicitly provided for in the borrower country's national law.

22 September 2009 | Inside the institutions

IFI governance

News

Breaking the chains?

Violations of the IFC's performance standards in a palm oil project in Indonesia could have far reaching effects, drawing attention to the IFC's responsibility for the impact of whole supply chains as a review of their social and environmental standards gets under way.

22 September 2009

Land

News

World Bank backs away from Bertin

A chorus of voices are celebrating the news that the International Finance Corporation (IFC) the private sector arm of the World Bank, has withdrawn a $90 million loan to the Brazilian cattle farming company Bertin

10 July 2009

Environment

Background

The World Bank's programs on forests and climate change

A civil society event organised by World Resources Institute (WRI) at the World Bank spring meetings 2009

27 April 2009 | Minutes