Land grabs



IFC and MIGA must ‘walk the accountability walk’ on the road mapped by independent review

Implementation in full of the independent review of IFC, MIGA and CAO is essential if institutions are to meet persistent accountability and remedy gaps.

6 October 2020



The highest bidder takes it all: The World Bank's new scheme to privatise land in the Global South

World Bank Enabling the Business of Agriculture rankings prescribe land privatisation at the expense of family farmers, pastoralists, and Indigenous Peoples.

4 April 2019 | At Issue



Guinean communities’ complaint against IFC-financed bauxite mine enters dispute resolution

CAO convenes process after February complaint alleged land grabbing, negative livelihood impacts.

3 October 2019



Potential Inspection Panel probe of Amaravati 'land grab' allegations deferred again

Panel received request to investigate allegations related to proposed World Bank loan in 2017.

27 September 2018



IFC investments implicated in land grabs in Africa

IFC investments through financial intermediary investments linked to land grabs and displacement in Africa. CSOs critique proposed changes to IFC lending policies.

3 July 2017

IFI governance


IFC 3.0: superficial upgrades, same problems?

As the IFC sets out a new strategy, CAO and CSO reports have raised further criticism over its investment in financial intermediaries, and a new law suit challenges its immunity.

7 April 2017



Eggs thrown at World Bank Cambodia headquarters

Evictees and affected families of Cambodia's Boeng Kak and Borei Keila neighborhoods have called on the World Bank to leave Cambodia, as lending programme resumes.

5 April 2016

Private Sector


New report shows IFC FI investments cause human rights abuses around the world

New evidence from Oxfam, the Bretton Woods Project and other NGOs reveals the impact of IFC investments in financial intermediaries on global human rights.

2 April 2015 | Reports



UK civil society meeting with Minister of State Desmond Swayne

Notes from a meeting on 7 September 2015 between the Minister of State of the UK Department for International Development (DFID) and civil society representatives, focusing on the World Bank's safeguards review.

20 November 2015 | Minutes



NGOs denounce World Bank land conference

NGO coalition Our Land Our Business denounced the World Bank’s March conference on land and poverty, condemning the Bank’s role in land grabs.

6 July 2015