International

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News

Honduras threatens ICSID withdrawal over $11 billion ‘neo-colonial’ special economic zone claim

Compensation claim before WorldBank’s ICSID raises questions about the value of special economic zones and fairness of ISDS mechanisms for Global South states.

19 July 2023
Private sector

IFI governance

News

Banga's arrival raises concerns about deepening of World Bank's private sector bias

Banga takes office as civil society urges him to invert the Cascade and ensure the Bank’s development model is fit for purpose.

19 July 2023

IFI governance

News

Marrakech CSO working group launches statement ahead of 2023 Annual Meetings

Marrakech working group calls on the BWIs to cancel the debt, stop imposing austerity and ensure a just energy transition.

19 July 2023

Private Sector

News

B-Ready for more ill-founded private-sector solutions

The World Bank released a concept note of Doing Business report replacement, B-Ready project, ignoring civil society demands of an independent evaluation.

19 July 2023

Rights

Background

The World Bank's approach to human rights

This Inside the Institutions explores how the World Bank approaches human rights in the context of the international human rights obligations of international financial and development institutions.

19 July 2023 | Inside the institutions

Finance

Analysis

Civil Society calls for rethink of World Bank’s ‘evolution roadmap’ as part of wider reforms to highly unequal global financial architecture

Joint civil society briefing paper highlights concerns with the World Bank’s Evolution Roadmap, and provides a series of recommendations for a Roadmap that prioritises people, participation and the planet over profit and economic growth.

3 July 2023 | Briefings

Accountability

Background

(Now closed) Call for Proposals: Campaign Materials & Templates for End Austerity Campaign

The Bretton Woods Project is looking for a designer to develop a set of templates for campaign materials for the End Austerity Campaign: https://endausterity.org/

29 June 2023 | Project news

IFI governance

Background

IFI reform, Bridgetown & climate finance: Critical civil society perspectives

Notes from Civil Society Policy Forum panel on 12 April titled "IFI reform, Bridgetown & climate finance: Critical civil society perspectives."

12 May 2023 | Minutes

IFI governance

Analysis

G24 communiqué analysis Spring Meetings 2023: In a world in crisis, BWIs need bold reform

The G24 communiqué of the 2023 Spring Meetings left no doubt about the gravity of the state of global affairs, including rising extreme poverty, food insecurity, migration and forced displacement.

19 April 2023

IFI governance

Analysis

Development Committee chair’s statement analysis Spring Meetings 2023: Division among Bank’s shareholders leaves ‘evolution roadmap’ at a cross-roads

Lack of consensus over Ukraine conflict meant Development Committee once again failed to agree a communiqué, with split also emerging over sources of funding for Bank’s expanded mission.

19 April 2023

IFI governance

Analysis

G20 press briefing analysis Spring Meetings 2023: Deep divisions and limited ambitions hinder response to the polycrisis

Despite pressing global issues, including a mounting debt crisis in low- and middle-income countries, the G20 failed to release a communique following the meeting of its finance ministers on 13 April at the World Bank and IMF Spring Meetings.

19 April 2023

IFI governance

Analysis

IMFC chair's statement analysis Spring Meetings 2023: Optimism and complacency at odds with growing desperation of Global South stakeholders

The IMFC again did not issue a communiqué as it could not agree on language on the war in Ukraine. A chair’s statement was issued in lieu of the communiqué and emphasised the resilience of the global safety net system, better than projected conditions and concerns about significant challenges.

19 April 2023