Clampdown on civil society leaves stain on this year’s Annual Meetings, as global civic space is increasingly under threat
East Asia & Pacific
IMF and World Bank continue to undermine gender equality through bulk of macroeconomic policy advice.
The Doing Business Report 2019 criticised by civil society over its promotion of deregulation and low business tax.
International Finance Corporation announced new ‘green equity’ policy to encourage financial intermediaries to divest from coal, while Bank pulled plug on mooted Kosovo coal project.
Despite the idyllic setting and notwithstanding recent global growth, the 2018 World Bank-IMF Annual Meetings took place in a context of apprehension, which seemed unmatched by forceful action.
Analysis of the IMFC communiqué, issued on 12 October, from the 2018 World Bank and IMF Annual Meetings in Bali, Indonesia.
Analysis of the G20's press briefing on 12 October, following the Fourth Ministerial Meeting of Argentina's G20 Presidency, in Nusa Dua, Bali.
Analysis of the Development Committee communiqué released on 13 October at the World Bank-IMF Annual Meetings in Nusa Dua, Bali.
Malaysian workers certify union of choice despite efforts of IFC-backed company.
BWP publishes Dispatch as civil society organise alternative events during IMF and World Bank Annual Meetings in Bali
World Bank board to formalise contentious general capital increase at October Annual Meetings
The Philippine Movement for Climate Justice (PMCJ) makes history by filing first ever climate-related complaint against the IFC with the Compliance Advisor Ombudsman (CAO).
Indonesian organisations have demanded that the World Bank stops funding harmful infrastructure funds, highlighting impacts on the environment and indigenous communities.
IMF reaches new loan agreement with Mongolia, amidst civil society concerns about impacts on Mongolian people.
ICSID, a World Bank arm for investor-state dispute arbitration, ruled that the $250 million case brought by Pac Rim Cayman against El Salvador in 2009 was without merit.
Notes from a side event at the IMF/World Bank 2016 annual meetings on the role of management in ensuring development banks responds appropriately to community complaints.