Infrastructure

IFI governance

Background

What are the trends in the energy sector?

Notes from a meeting on energy during the World Bank spring meetings.

17 April 2015 | Minutes

IFI governance

Background

Mega-project mania?

Sponsors: Heinrich Boell Foundation, Bretton Woods Project, Latindadd, Pacific Environment, International Rivers, European Network on…

9 April 2014

Finance

Analysis

The World Bank: In the vanguard of an infrastructure boom

This briefing analyses the "biggest investment boom in human history", examining elements of a new public-private partnership focused infrastructure investment model, including the role of the World Bank Group.

2 February 2015 | At Issue

Finance

Analysis

Where is the public in PPPs? Analysing the World Bank’s support for public-private partnerships

A review of the World Bank’s support for public-private partnerships by the Independent Evaluation Group reveals a lack of proven poverty impacts.

29 September 2014

Infrastructure

News

Risking the bottom line? World Bank infrastructure initiatives criticised

The Global Infrastructure Facility is expected to be launched as a World Bank-hosted programme in October. Concerns remain about the Bank’s continued support for fossil fuel infrastructure.

29 September 2014

Infrastructure

Analysis

The rise of the infrastructure giants

World Bank faces increased competition over large scale infrastructure in Asia, with the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank and the BRICS Bank.

20 June 2014

Infrastructure

Commentary

Tata Mundra: making a mockery of accountability

IFC criticised over Tata Mundra coal power plant in India, for ignoring recommendations from its accountability mechanism.

20 June 2014 | Comment

Infrastructure

News

World Bank to push ahead with Global Infrastructure Facility

The World Bank has confirmed its intention to develop a Global Infrastructure Facility, prioritising projects that have stalled due to size or complexity, while concerns continue over the Bank’s support for the Democratic Republic of Congo Inga dams.

8 May 2014

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 | Comment

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