East Asia & Pacific

Knowledge

News

Who’s poor? New estimates of PPPs led to halving of World Bank’s poverty numbers

A May World Bank-led statistical operation has used a new method to estimate purchasing power parities, allowing it to more than halve the estimated number of people living on below $1.25 per day.

6 August 2014

Knowledge

News

Business as usual: World Bank rejects Doing Business reforms

World Bank publishes minor changes to its Doing Business report, addressing only one of the criticisms of an independent panel review while activists continue to highlight the damage done by the rankings.

20 June 2014

Rights

News

Consultation launched on new draft World Bank safeguards

The World Bank has released a first draft of its new safeguards framework for consultation, despite concerns from civil society organisations and indigenous peoples groups.

4 August 2014

IFI governance

Analysis

A major political move: the BRICS launch the New Development Bank and a reserve arrangement

A new article, co-written by Eurodad and the Bretton Woods Project, analyses the BRICS' newly launched bank and reserve arrangement.

18 July 2014 | Review

Environment

Analysis

World Bank forests projects under fire

World Bank continues to strongly back REDD+ forest projects, which have been criticised for not consulting indigenous peoples or respecting land rights.

20 June 2014

Environment

News

World Bank funded mines threatening livelihoods

Civil society groups criticise IFC investments worth hundreds of millions of dollars in mining projects in Guinea, Mongolia and Armenia for potential negative social and environment impact.

20 June 2014

Private Sector

News

Big banks & IMF: No structural reform

The IMF rings more warnings about the costs of having an oversized financial sector, but fails to recommend stronger controls on the banking sector.

20 June 2014

Land

News

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

Infrastructure

Analysis

The rise of the infrastructure giants

World Bank faces increased competition over large scale infrastructure in Asia, with the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank and the BRICS Bank.

20 June 2014

Environment

Analysis

Forest Investment Program (FIP)

Update on the Forest Investment Program (FIP) from CIFs Monitor 9

17 June 2014

Rights

News

Further delays for World Bank safeguards review

The World Bank’s safeguards review is facing more delays in the face of internal wrangling, while civil society has ramped up demands for stronger rules.

20 June 2014

Environment

Analysis

Clean Technology Fund (CTF)

Updates on the Clean Technology Fund (CTF) from CIFs Monitor 9

17 June 2014