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South Asia

Environment

News

Links between Amazon deforestation and World Bank exposed

IFC equity investment linked to development of key Brazilian transport corridor, leading to accelerated deforestation in the area.

3 October 2019

IFI governance

News

Board decision could signal “vote of no confidence” in Inspection Panel

CSO fear World Bank board will compromise, undermining Inspection Panel powers.

3 October 2019
Tata Mundra power plan in Gujarat, India.

Accountability

News

US Supreme Court rules against World Bank’s claim of absolute immunity

US Supreme Court rejects IFC's immunity from suits in the US in landmark case

4 April 2019

Rights

News

Will IMF stick its head in the sand on human rights Guiding Principles?

UN releases Guiding Principles on human rights impact assessments of economic reforms, begging the question of how the IMF will respond.

4 April 2019

Knowledge

News

Doing Business 2019: World Bank’s tunnel vision obscures calls for reform

The Doing Business Report 2019 criticised by civil society over its promotion of deregulation and low business tax.

6 December 2018

Environment

News

As climate crisis bites, World Bank further distances itself from coal

International Finance Corporation announced new ‘green equity’ policy to encourage financial intermediaries to divest from coal, while Bank pulled plug on mooted Kosovo coal project.

6 December 2018

IFI governance

News

Inspection Panel and Compliance Ombudsman Advisor reviews: Will World Bank fill the half-empty glass?

Civil society press for review of Inspection Panel and Compliance Advisor Ombudsman to result in reserve funds, community-led monitoring systems and greater power for accountability mechanisms.

6 December 2018

IFI governance

Analysis

Great Expectations a year on: IMF moving the needle on inequality but not yet the gear

One year after Oxfam study, IMF making progress on inequality agenda but still needs a fundamental shift

28 September 2018 | Guest analysis
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Gender

Background

Advancing a feminist approach to women's economic inequality

Notes from the Civil Society Policy Forum panel event on 16 October on women's economic inequality and macroeconomic policy.

15 November 2019 | Minutes

Gender

Background

Cutting to the core: Rethinking the IMF’s way of doing business to tackle gender inequalities

Notes from the Civil Society Policy Forum panel event on 17 October on the IMF’s approach to gender.

28 October 2019 | Minutes

Rights

News

IFC announces changes to environmental and social framework after loss of immunity in the US

IFC announces changes to environment and social safeguards after historic United States Supreme Court ruling.

30 July 2019

Finance

Background

Taxes, Taxes, Taxes: Shifting the IFI Narrative to Progressive Gender-just Taxation

Notes from the Civil Society Policy Forum session on 12 April on the changing international tax landscape from a feminist perspective and challenging IFIs’ role in shaping it at the World Bank and IMF's 2019 Spring Meetings.

16 April 2019 | Minutes

Finance

News

Pakistan requests 13th IMF loan, amid US-China tensions

As Pakistan requests an IMF loan amid concerns about its debt sustainability, the IMF response is caught up in China-US tensions.

4 April 2019

Accountability

News

US Supreme Court hears oral arguments on challenge to IFC’s absolute immunity

Plaintiffs make case for ending IFC's 'absolute immunity'

6 December 2018

Land

News

Potential Inspection Panel probe of Amaravati 'land grab' allegations deferred again

Panel received request to investigate allegations related to proposed World Bank loan in 2017.

27 September 2018

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
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