East Asia & Pacific

IFI governance

Analysis

Moving beyond aspirations? IFC still unable to determine the impact of its financial intermediaries investments

A new monitoring report by the Compliance Advisor Ombudsman concludes that the IFC still lacks a mechanism to determine whether its financial intermediaries investments do no harm or have a positive development impact

12 November 2014

Rights

News

CSOs stage walk-out over World Bank’s safeguards

Protesters demonstrated their frustration with the new draft safeguards framework by walking out of a World Bank consultation, as an extension is announced to the second phase of the consultation process.

12 November 2014

Environment

Analysis

A new dawn for climate investment as Climate Investment Funds sunset?

This week, the Green Climate Fund (GCF) gathers in Barbados for the eighth meeting since its inception.

13 October 2014 | Blog

Rights

Commentary

Dangers of dilution: World Bank’s new weak environmental and social framework

World Bank’s new draft environmental and social framework is criticised as a step backwards that could lower the standards for the international development community.

29 September 2014 | Guest comment

IFI governance

Background

From interim strategy to full country partnership: lessons from Myanmar

Notes of a meeting on Myanmar's transition to full country partnership at the World Bank/IMF annual meetings 2014

10 October 2014

IFI governance

Background

IFC lending through financial intermediaries - a year on from the action plan, what have we learned?

Notes of a meeting on IFC lending through financial intermediaries at the World Bank-IMF annual meetings 2014

9 October 2014

IFI governance

Background

Governance and impact report 2014

Notes of a meeting on governance and impact report 2014 at the World Bank-IMF annual meetings 2014

8 October 2014

IFI governance

Background

Emerging markets in transition: growth prospects and challenges

Notes of a meeting on emerging markets in transition at the World Bank-IMF annual meetings 2014

8 October 2014

IFI governance

Background

CSO land rights and resettlement

Notes of a meeting with CSOs on land rights and resettlement at the World Bank-IMF annual meetings 2014

7 October 2014

Accountability

Analysis

Conflict-affected states, IFC’s final frontier

The IFC is set to expand operations in fragile and conflict-affected states such as Burma, despite indications that systemic problems identified in Honduras persist.

29 September 2014

Private Sector

News

“Affordable hotels”: IFC’s luxury development projects

IFC investments in Burma hotels have been criticised for weak poverty reduction impact. IFC claims that investment in luxury hotels in India will provide “affordable hotels”.

29 September 2014

IFI governance

News

Accountability mechanism strongly criticises IFC loan to Honduran bank

An audit by the IFC’s accountability mechanism says the IFC failed to adequately address environmental and social risks when it approved a $70 million loan to Honduran bank Ficohsa.

13 August 2014