Trade-finance coherence

Rights

Background

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

Notes of a meeting with UK executive director to the World Bank Gwen Hines in December 2012

7 January 2013 | Minutes

Trade

News

World Bank on jobs: "a race to the bottom"?

Two October World Bank reports reveal a contradictory message for developing countries' labour markets.

6 December 2012

Accountability

Background

Doing business report rankings

This session will bring together experts from labour, development and business organizations to highlight issues and perspectives that need to be part of the review of these influential rankings.

12 October 2012 | Minutes

Land

News

IFC supporting food speculation?

The International Finance Corporation (IFC), the Bank's private sector arm, has attracted criticism for its purchase of a 6 per cent stake in Armajaro Trading, a London-based commodity trading house founded by controversial hedge fund trader, Anthony Ward.

3 July 2012

Knowledge

News

Little currency for global money?

While the G20 postponed decisions on issuing new special drawing rights (SDRs), the IMF-managed international reserve asset, the IMF completed its surveillance review and a new Fund report tackled the thorny issue of global imbalances.

18 November 2011

Rights

News

Community files complaint against IFC in Papua New Guinea

The Compliance Advisor Ombudsman (CAO) of the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the World Bank's private sector arm, has accepted a complaint by local communities in Papua New Guinea referring to the IFC's role in advising the government on drawing up laws for special economic zones (SEZs).

23 September 2011

Finance

News

Industrial policy: World Bank turning the corner?

Over the past year, World Bank chief economist Justin Lin has tried to reopen debate at the Bank over whether developing country governments should adopt active industrial policies, previously taboo at the institution.

6 April 2011

Trade

News

World Bank private sector approach under fire

The International Finance Corporation (IFC), the Bank's private sector lending arm, has come under fire for its business model, increasing use of financial intermediaries such as banks, funding of companies associated with tax havens, and its controversial Doing Business report.

29 November 2010

Rights

News

Papua New Guinea: Fears about SEZ

The International Financial Corporation's (IFC) proposal to establish a Special Economic Zone (SEZ) in Papua New Guinea (PNG) has caused concerns within the country.

29 November 2010

Finance

News

IFIs on trade and investment: Liberalisation bias returns

The World Bank’s latest report on foreign investment and its new trade strategy are part of a worrisome trend that involves the Bank’s growing use of tools other than conditionality, to restrict the space for countries to pursue alternative, country-tailored development strategies.

30 September 2010