Middle East & North Africa

Rights

Commentary

World Bank legitimising illegal Israeli occupation of West Bank

The Bank's approach to development in Palestine hinges on the full acceptance of the status quo - e.g. continued occupation and the presence of the settlements and the wall - as well as joint projects that impose PNA-Israeli cooperation, often with a third international partner. Politically, these development projects threaten to legitimise Israeli claims in regards to the wall, Jerusalem, land annexation and settlements that have resulted in the fragmentation and ghettoisation of the West Bank

29 September 2008 | Guest comment

Finance

News

IFC challenges highlighted in the Middle East

The International Finance Corporation, the private sector arm of the World Bank, is rapidly increasing its investment in the Middle East, raising questions about the development value of its activities. A Norwegian study of the IFC's Doing Business indicators questions the usefulness of the index to making real-life improvements to a country's business environment.

1 April 2008

IFI governance

Background

The IFIs and Islamic finance

The World Bank Group and the IMF have become more involved in assistance to and oversight of Islamic financial institutions.

1 February 2008 | Inside the institutions

Rights

News

World Bank: head in the sand over 'peace conduit'

NGO Friends of the Earth Middle East has expressed concern over the World Bank's involvement in the Red Sea to Dead Sea water conveyance project, in particular its failure to consider alternatives that would tackle the root cause of the Dead Sea's degradation

4 December 2007

Social services

News

Parliament in dark over bank privatisation

The Egyptian government is facing criticism from MPs over plans to sell off the country's publicly owned banks, as part of an $8.7 billion financial sector reform programme that has the backing of the World Bank, the IMF, the AfDB and USAID.

5 October 2007

Environment

Background

Iraq: staffer shot, oil deal continues

In February Iraq's cabinet approved the IMF supported draft oil law

2 April 2007 | Resource

Environment

News

Mortgaging Iraq’s oil wealth

As a "key ingredient" of IMF lending and debt relief, Iraq's government has just presented a new draft petroleum law to its cabinet that could permit up to two-thirds of Iraq's known reserves to be exploited by multinational oil companies under contracts lasting for 20 years.

31 January 2007

IFI governance

News

IEO on IMF in Jordan: “moderately successful”

The Independent Evaluation Office has said that the IMF's role in Jordan in the period 1989 - 2004 was "moderately successful".

23 January 2006

Accountability

News

Bank and Fund in-roads into Iraq

The Bank approves the first development loan to Iraq at the same time as the IMF signs a stand-by agreement, leading to a dramatic increase in fuel prices.

23 January 2006

Accountability

Commentary

The Bank and Fund: do civil society groups in the Arab region realise what’s going on?

Comment by the Arab NGO Network for Development on the need for civil society in the region to take a more active role in monitoring the work of the IFIs.

21 November 2005 | Guest comment

Accountability

Background

Reform agenda in the post-war reconstruction of Iraq

Highlights of seminar: the reform agenda in the post-war reconstruction of Iraq

25 September 2005 | Minutes

Accountability

Commentary

The World Bank, the apartheid wall and the ghettoisation of Palestine

Comment by Jamal Juma, campaign coordinator of the Palestinian anti-apartheid wall campaign: StoptheWall.

12 September 2005 | Guest comment