International

Land

News

World Bank land tenure approach contributes to displacement and food insecurity

The World Bank’s efforts to increase security of land tenure have largely amounted to a ‘formalisation’ of land property rights, which reinforce land inequalities and the disenfranchisement of rural peoples.

9 April 2024

Finance

Analysis

Opportunity lost: World Bank's Roadmap fails to chart path to better development outcomes

Civil society renews calls for an independent external evaluation of Bank policies ahead of Spring Meetings’ focus on the operationalisation of the Roadmap and a ‘historic’ IDA21 replenishment.

9 April 2024

Private Sector

News

World Bank embarks on pilot phase of Business Ready Project, disregarding civil society concerns

B-READY pilot 1 covering 51 countries is released, ignoring CSO concerns about the project’s flawed “private-sector first” agenda.

9 April 2024

Environment

News

Civil society raises concerns about Resilience and Sustainability Trust’s green conditionality as Fund conducts interim review

CSOs and experts question the suitability of ‘green' policy conditions attached to RST loans.

9 April 2024

Environment

News

World Bank makes developing countries wait on Loss and Damage Fund demands

Bank may not respond to asks until June, at the earliest, raising questions about timeline for fund’s operationalisation.

9 April 2024

Social services

News

The World Bank's water privatisation agenda neglects fundamental human rights

World Bank's water privatisation agenda directly clashes with its poverty alleviation goals, disregarding water as a basic human right.

9 April 2024

Environment

Analysis

Gambling with the planet’s future? World Bank Development Policy Finance, ‘green’ conditionality, and the push for a private-led energy transition

BWP's review of energy sector conditionality in World Bank Development Policy Financing from fiscal years 2018 to 2023 reveals the Bank has followed a pattern of promoting neoliberal reforms in many countries' energy sectors, with climate action increasingly being viewed as the rationale for these changes.

9 April 2024 | Reports

Private Sector

Analysis

Financialisation, human rights and the Bretton Woods Institutions: An introduction for civil society organisations

New BWP's report examines the role of the BWIs in driving financialisation in the Global South and perpetuating neocolonial global imbalances of wealth and power, paying particular attention to its gendered consequences.

4 April 2024 | Reports

IFI governance

News

Civil society calls for an end to the 'gentleman's agreement' and a merit-based, open and transparent MD selection process

Civil society calls for the IMF to ensure the next MD selection process is undertaken in accordance with a merit-based, open and transparent process, underpinned by criteria involving a demonstrated commitment to international human rights, feminist principles, green and equitable development, as well as  publicly available shareholder votes.

26 March 2024 | Letters

Knowledge

Background

Bretton Woods Project Annual Report 2023

In 2023, BWP continued its work as a watchdog of the World Bank and the IMF, supporting and amplifying the voices of critical civil society groups to capitalise on calls for substantive change, with a focus on four advocacy areas: Gender equality and macroeconomics, the environment, governance reform and accountability, and financialisation and human rights.

21 February 2024 | Annual report (BWP)
Pile of books from the Tibet Green Library. Credit: Bart Heird

Knowledge

Background

Recommended Resources on the World Bank and the IMF 2023

As every year, BWP published its collection of reports, briefings, CSO letters and other resources with a critical angle published in the past year on the World Bank and the IMF.

19 February 2024

Gender

Background

(CLOSED) Gender Equality and Macroeconomics (GEM) Project Lead

BWP is seeking a Gender Equality and Macroeconomics (GEM) Project Lead to manage BWP’s ongoing GEM Project and lead BWP’s work on gender equality and women’s rights.

11 January 2024 | Recruitment