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East Asia & Pacific

Rights

Commentary

World Bank and IMF Annual Meetings marred by clampdown on People’s Global Conference

Clampdown on civil society leaves stain on this year’s Annual Meetings, as global civic space is increasingly under threat

6 December 2018 | Comment

Gender

Analysis

Bretton Woods Institutions’ instrumental gender approach ignores structural elephant in the room

IMF and World Bank continue to undermine gender equality through bulk of macroeconomic policy advice.

6 December 2018 | Guest analysis

Knowledge

News

Doing Business 2019: World Bank’s tunnel vision obscures calls for reform

The Doing Business Report 2019 criticised by civil society over its promotion of deregulation and low business tax.

6 December 2018

Environment

News

As climate crisis bites, World Bank further distances itself from coal

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.

6 December 2018

IFI governance

Analysis

Annual Meetings Wrap-up: 'Headwinds' overshadow Bali holiday

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.

16 October 2018

IFI governance

Analysis

IMFC communiqué analysis - Annual Meetings 2018

Analysis of the IMFC communiqué, issued on 12 October, from the 2018 World Bank and IMF Annual Meetings in Bali, Indonesia.

16 October 2018

IFI governance

Analysis

G20 press briefing analysis - Annual Meetings 2018

Analysis of the G20's press briefing on 12 October, following the Fourth Ministerial Meeting of Argentina's G20 Presidency, in Nusa Dua, Bali.

16 October 2018

IFI governance

Analysis

Development Committee communiqué analysis – Autumn 2018

Analysis of the Development Committee communiqué released on 13 October at the World Bank-IMF Annual Meetings in Nusa Dua, Bali.

16 October 2018
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Other news

Rights

News

Workers unite after IFC fails to comply with its labour standard

Malaysian workers certify union of choice despite efforts of IFC-backed company.

6 December 2018

Accountability

News

Annual Meetings in Bali: BWP’s Dispatch, and alternative events

BWP publishes Dispatch as civil society organise alternative events during IMF and World Bank Annual Meetings in Bali

27 September 2018

IFI governance

News

World Bank general capital increase to be formalised in October

World Bank board to formalise contentious general capital increase at October Annual Meetings

27 July 2018

Environment

News

Landmark climate-change complaint against IFC lodged in Philippines

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).

6 December 2017

Rights

News

Indonesian CSOs demand World Bank stop funding infrastructure funds

Indonesian organisations have demanded that the World Bank stops funding harmful infrastructure funds, highlighting impacts on the environment and indigenous communities.

7 April 2017

Conditionality

News

New IMF Mongolia deal: extracting sovereignty

IMF reaches new loan agreement with Mongolia, amidst civil society concerns about impacts on Mongolian people.

7 April 2017

Private Sector

News

World Bank arbitration mechanism ICSID rules in favour of El Salvador

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.

31 January 2017

IFI governance

Background

From accountability to action – the role of management

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.

7 October 2016 | Minutes
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