Health

Social services

News

Will the World Bank deliver? New fund for maternal and child health launched

A newly launched World Bank-hosted fund provides cash injection to maternal and child health services. However, questions remain about how the funds will be raised and the implications for other Bank health programmes

12 November 2014

Social services

News

A poor diagnosis: the World Bank’s health record

World Bank health financing benefits wealthy elites not poorest according to new IEG evaluation and Oxfam analysis

29 September 2014

IFI governance

Background

UK civil society meeting with UK World Bank Executive Director Gwen Hines

Notes of a meeting with World Bank executive director Gwen Hines in October 2014.

10 October 2014 | Minutes

Rights

News

World Bank to “pick its battles” on LGBT rights

The World Bank's April spring meetings saw its first involvement with LGBT rights creating controversy in the media and civil society.

9 May 2014

Social services

Commentary

Reproductive health: What’s the Bank's score?

The Bank has produced mixed results on reproductive health; it is imperative that as the post 2015 agenda is set, it maintains the funding and political profile of this hugely impactful public health issue.

20 June 2014 | Guest analysis

Social services

Commentary

Bad aid

A health public-private partnership is starving Lesotho's public health services of resources, affecting rural communities, where death rates are rising.

9 May 2014 | Guest comment

Private Sector

Commentary

Can development really be delivered by investing in private banks?

In a new blog the Bretton Woods Project highlights the Bank's increasing investment in financial intermediaries at the expense of education and health

11 April 2014 | Blog

Social services

News

World Bank’s Burma spending spree

The World Bank has announced big spending programmes in health, electricity and telecoms in Burma, however, critics point to its failure to protect human rights or consult properly with civil society.

27 February 2014

Social services

Background

Ensuring the Bank’s investment in and prioritisation of reproductive health up to 2015 and beyond

Sponsors: International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF), White Ribbon Alliance, WBG (Health, Nutrition and Population Division)…

9 April 2014

Social services

News

World Bank health initiative “trampling on the dignity and needs of people”

World Bank report on health prevention criticised for ignoring evidence and theory.

23 January 2014