East Asia & Pacific

Environment

Analysis

Forest Investment Program (FIP)

The rationale for adding new pilot countries to the Forest Investment Program (FIP) given funding constraints has been questioned, as well as the focus on providing loans rather than grants. The CIF strategic directions paper noted challenges for the FIP, and proposed a new private sector window. Questions were raised about the consultation of ethnic minorities in relation to a Laos project.

13 June 2016

Environment

Analysis

Scaling Up Renewable Energy Program (SREP)

Concerns continues over slow progress in implementing the Scaling up Renewable Energy Program in Low Income Countries (SREP) investments plans and lack of funding for new pilot countries, as well as constraints on grant resources. The CIF strategic directions paper proposed an enhanced private sector programme for energy access. Questions on consideration of indigenous peoples were raised in relation to Liberia and Tanzania projects.

13 June 2016

Infrastructure

News

Investigation on World Bank support for Mongolia mining project deferred

The Inspection Panel has deferred a decision to investigate a complaint regarding environmental, social and economic damage related to a World Bank funded mining project in Mongolia.

5 April 2016

Finance

Analysis

Rise of the global South and descent of the North?

This briefing notes that recent reforms to the IMF and World Bank governance and the establishment of new Southern-led IFIs are symbolically important, however, they are thus far not a rupture with the Western-dominated international financial architecture.

1 March 2016 | Briefings

Finance

News

IMF reopening case for capital controls?

An IMF policy paper on the international monetary system considers its future policy on capital controls and proposes a review of the IMF's institutional view on the liberalisation and management of capital flows.

5 April 2016

Land

News

Eggs thrown at World Bank Cambodia headquarters

Evictees and affected families of Cambodia's Boeng Kak and Borei Keila neighborhoods have called on the World Bank to leave Cambodia, as lending programme resumes.

5 April 2016

Finance

Analysis

China goes global with development banks

This briefing examines the trajectory of China's evolving leadership in international development finance, including the impact of it's massive increase in development finance for developing countries.

5 April 2016 | At Issue

IFI governance

Background

IMF & World Bank decision-making and governance

This Inside the Institutions examines the recent and ongoing reforms at the IMF and World Bank, and places them in context of existing structures and processes.

31 March 2016 | Inside the institutions

IFI governance

Background

Recommended resources on the World Bank and IMF 2015

The best books and papers on the World Bank and IMF from 2015.

10 February 2016 | Resource

Conditionality

Analysis

Debt bubbles “popping” in emerging economies

IMF and World Bank face up to slowing global economy, but downplay risks of new debt crises for low income countries

9 February 2016

IFI governance

Analysis

IMF governance: one step forward, one step back

Reform to the IMF’s voting shares shifts some power to emerging countries, but the institution’s leadership selection process remains opaque and undemocratic.

8 February 2016

Finance

News

IMF to add China’s currency to SDR basket

The IMF has confirmed that China’s currency, the remnimbi or yuan, will be included in the IMF’s calculation of its international reserve asset from October 2016.

8 February 2016