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South Asia

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Conditionality

Analysis

The political cost of IMF programmes

As Jordan is engulfed in social unrest and political upheaval, questions are raised around the relationship between IMF conditionality and trends in instability.

27 July 2018
Mundra coal-fired power plant at Mundra, Gujarat, India. Credit Nizil Shah

Accountability

News

US Supreme Court to hear case challenging IFC’s claim to absolute immunity

Court's decision on IFC’s legal immunity in the Tata Mundra coal-fired power plant case will set important precedent

26 July 2018

Conditionality

Analysis

Pro-poor or anti-poor? The World Bank and IMF’s approach to social protection

Stephen Kidd critiques Bretton Woods Institutions' approach to targeted social protection systems, arguing the poor lose out the most.

28 March 2018 | Briefing

Social services

News

CSOs urge IFC to divest from for-profit school chain

CSOs urge investors to divest from private school provider Bridge International Academies; IFC remains investor, despite WDR’s concerns with private education.

27 March 2018

Accountability

Analysis

The IMF in insecure fragile states: why being absent should no longer be an option

While there is scope to improve IMF operations in all fragile states, ahead of the forthcoming publication of the IMF IEO review of IMF work in fragile states, there is one fundamental change it must make to transform its effectiveness in fragile states: wherever it is possible, it must be present. No country should be left out.

20 March 2018 | At Issue

Private Sector

Analysis

How the Bank’s push for microcredit failed the poor

Originally created to help the poor escape poverty and deprivation, the World Bank became the most important advocate for the commercialised microcredit model. Yet, critics argued it undermined the chances of sustainable and equitable development to create a poverty trap of historic proportions.

8 December 2017 | At Issue

Knowledge

Analysis

After 15 years, World Bank’s Doing Business Report still missing the mark

CSOs argue DBR’s deregulation policies do not lower income inequality or promote inclusive economic growth, instead incentivising tax competition and undermining inclusive development.

7 December 2017

Environment

News

Shared prosperity? WBG fails to progress on energy access for poor

A new civil society report criticises the World Bank for not doing enough to help meet Sustainable Energy for All (SEforAll) objective of achieving universal energy access by 2030.

6 December 2017
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Other news

Accountability

News

Indian fishing communities petition US Supreme Court to hear case against IFC

Indian fishing communities that claim to have been harmed by IFC investments seek to challenge its 'absolute immunity'

30 April 2018

Environment

News

Landmark climate-change complaint against IFC lodged in Philippines

The Philippine Movement for Climate Justice (PMCJ) makes history by filing first ever climate-related complaint against the IFC with the Compliance Advisor Ombudsman (CAO).

6 December 2017

Rights

News

Controversial Sardar Sarovar Project dam set to displace thousands

Dam - supported by World Bank from 1985-1993 - formally opened by Indian Prime Minister despite resettlement being incomplete.

2 October 2017

Rights

News

Indian plaintiffs seek US Supreme Court review of IFC's “absolute immunity”

Indian fishing communities and farmers will ask the highest court in the US to rule on IFC's immunity for its role in the controversial Tata Mundra coal-fired power plant in India.

27 September 2017

Rights

Background

World Bank Inspection Panel - emerging lessons on environmental assessment

Notes from a meeting at the IMF/World Bank 2017 spring meetings launching the third report in the Inspection Panel's new series on "emerging lessons", on environmental assessment.

18 April 2017 | Minutes

IFI governance

Background

Equity, inclusion and education: Examining evidence on low-fee private schools

Notes from a side event on privatisation of education and low-fee private schools, which took place during the World Bank-IMF 2016 annual meetings.

6 October 2016 | Minutes

Rights

News

Indigenous peoples lodge complaint over Bangladesh World Bank project

Indigenous peoples in Bangladesh have submitted a complaint to the Inspection Panel regarding a World Bank funded transport feasibility study.

26 September 2016

IFI governance

News

World Bank accused of reporting false consent on Nepal power line project

Communities affected by a World Bank-funded power line project in Nepal have accused the Bank of reporting false information on consent to the project.

26 September 2016
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