Trade-finance coherence



Corporate bias at the World Bank Group

This briefing finds significant bias in favour of corporations and commercial interests in the main venue for settlement of legal cases brought by corporations against governments: the World Bank’s International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID).

28 September 2015 | At Issue



CAO investigation: IFC-linked rubber firm project paused

An IFC-linked Vietnamese rubber plantation company agreed to temporarily suspend activities in three Cambodian plantations, but activists urged the company to cease its activities in all communities.

20 June 2014



ICSID problems in the spotlight

Civil society challenges ICSID role in El Salvador mining dispute as international lawyer accuses the arbitration forum of being “seriously flawed”

20 June 2014



The future of Doing Business

Sponsors: EURODAD, International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC), International Working Group on Trade-Finance Linkages Panelists: Natalia Speer…

11 April 2014 | Minutes



Smart assessment: Capturing and managing human rights risks

Sponsor: Bank on Human Rights Panelists: Isabel Lavadenz-Paccieri (Former Ombudsperson for the Independent Consultation and Investigation Mechanism,…

10 April 2014 | Minutes

Private Sector


A bad business: Bank divisions on Doing Business revealed

Newly emerged internal documents from the World Banks’ own legal unit reveal strong criticism of the controversial Doing Business rankings following the independent review panel’s critical final report in June.

2 October 2013 | Update



World Bank to publish procurement contracts

The World Bank has revealed the detail of its 2012 promise to publish contracts online, following on from its procurement review.

26 June 2013



Colombia case study: results measurement and poverty eradication

This session examined Colombia's private sector partnerships and poverty eradication programme.

23 April 2013 | Minutes

IFI governance


From the Arab revolutions to global austerity trends

This session examined issues thrown up by the Arab revolutions, including the fiscal, monetary, tax and investment policies being considered by governments facilitating, or hindering countries in the Arab and other regions in building an inclusive economy and supporting socioeconomic recovery, the impact on public expenditure for the strengthening of education, health, and other social sectors as well as the management of chronic and high unemployment and high food and fuel prices.

22 April 2013 | Minutes

Social services


Leveraging private finance with public money: Positive Innovation? Corporate Welfare?

This event explored how modalities to "leverage" the private sector are beginning to appear in different ways in the World Bank and donors' agenda, and the challenges they pose.

19 April 2013 | Minutes