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Eastern Europe & Central Asia

Rights

News

IFC faces critical questions over investments in gig economy

IFC’s investments in gig economy platform companies come under scrutiny

13 July 2021

IFI governance

Analysis

IMFC communiqué analysis – Spring Meetings 2021

Analysis of the IMFC communiqué published on 8 April from the 2021 World Bank and IMF virtual Spring Meetings.

13 April 2021

Conditionality

News

Civil society raises alarm about IMF’s continued backing of austerity amidst pandemic

Egypt, Ukraine, South Africa and Ecuador have recently signed IMF loan programmes that involve severe austerity measures.

6 October 2020

Knowledge

News

As World Bank pauses Doing Business Report, pressure mounts for it to be permanently scrapped

Civil society, trade unions and academics call for permanent end of Doing Business Report as World Bank suspends its publication due to data irregularities.

6 October 2020

Finance

Analysis

The IMF and World Bank-led Covid-19 recovery: ‘Building back better’ or locking in broken policies?

Early evidence suggests IMF programmes are maintaining long-term fiscal consolidation targets, while World Bank further continues Maximizing Finance for Development narrative amidst Covid-19 crisis.

16 July 2020
Civil society groups call for the World Bank to stop financing fossil fuels outside its 2019 Annual Meetings in October

Environment

News

EIB rules out most fossil fuel funding from 2021, setting new benchmark for MDBs

New energy policy sees European Investment Bank end support for unabated coal, oil and gas from 2021.

12 December 2019

Gender

Analysis

The World Bank and gender equality: Development Policy Financing

Critical gender analysis of Bank's Development Policy Financing.

15 August 2019 | Briefings
Illustration Observer Summer 2019

IFI governance

Analysis

Here we go again: Surprise IMF leadership change litmus test for its legitimacy

Lagarde resignation kicks-off another leadership race overshadowed by gentleman’s agreement.

30 July 2019
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Other news

Knowledge

News

Doing Business Report to be published after temporary suspension over data irregularities

World Bank plans to publish latest DBR in March and undertake an external review of the report’s methodology.

23 March 2021

Land

News

IMF and World Bank help push through contentious Ukraine land reform amid Covid-19 pandemic

Bank and Fund-backed land bill passed in dead of night during lockdown favouring private investors and Western agribusiness.

16 July 2020

Land

News

World Bank, IMF and EBRD push for controversial land reform in Ukraine

Ukraine passes contentious draft land reform law under pressure from World Bank, IMF and EBRD.

12 December 2019

Infrastructure

News

EIB's draft energy plan proposes ending finance for fossil fuels after 2020

Move comes after concerted civil society campaign calling for ‘fossil-free EIB’.

3 October 2019

Environment

Background

World Bank Group Paris Alignment: Governance & private sector participation in the energy sector

Notes from a Civil Society Policy Forum event on 16 October.

1 November 2019 | Minutes

Gender

Background

Sexual orientation & gender identity – considering risk mitigation within World Bank programming

This Civil Society Policy Forum Session was co-sponsored by the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce,…

18 April 2019 | Minutes

Infrastructure

News

World Bank reconsiders support for coal in Kosovo

Bank commissions energy options study, which will explore alternate electricity sources.

27 September 2018

Infrastructure

News

Civil society calls on IFC and other MDBs to stop financing damaging Balkan dams

A June petition signed by more than 120,000 people called on IFIs, “to immediately stop funding for projects that are located in protected areas.”

27 September 2018
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