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Bangladesh

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 | Briefings

Rights

Analysis

The IMF, Gender Equality and Labour

BWP briefing explores IMF's labour market policies in the context of women in the informal economy and suggests they will not contribute to decreasing inequalities.

2 October 2017 | Briefings

Gender

Analysis

The IMF, Gender Equality and VAT

BWP briefing explores gender dimensions of IMF’s key fiscal policy advice on resource mobilisation in developing countries, in particular on Value-Added Tax.

12 April 2017 | Briefings

Environment

Analysis

Behind the fumes: the dirty truth behind the World Bank’s commitments on climate change

New report provides evidence that IFC investments in financial intermediaries (FIs) support the construction of coal power plants in contradiction to World Bank policy and IFC statements that FI lending is ring-fenced and does not support coal.

31 January 2017

Social services

Analysis

GFF falls short on family planning

Investments by the World Bank-hosted Global Financing Facility (GFF) do not reflect the family planning priorities identified by developing countries and local communities. The GFF also continues to suffer from a lack of transparency and meaningful civil society participation, raising doubts about the new mechanism’s effectiveness.

31 January 2017 | At Issue

Environment

Analysis

Pilot Program for Climate Resilience (PPCR)

Pipeline management and cancellation policies are in preparation for the Pilot Program for Climate Resilience (PPCR) to address funding constraints, with no funding available for new pilot countries’ projects. Questions were raised about gender impacts for a renewable energy project in Mozambique.

30 November 2016

Environment

Analysis

Forest Investment Program (FIP)

Challenges in measuring progress were noted for the Forest Investment Program (FIP), in particular greenhouse gas accounting. Investment plans for Mozambique and Ivory Coast have been approved. Questions were raised over the reasoning for a commercial teak plantation project in Ghana.

30 November 2016

Environment

Analysis

Scaling Up Renewable Energy Program (SREP)

A new a new Enhanced Private Sector Program for the Scaling up Renewable Energy Program in Low Income Countries (SREP) is due to discussed. Cambodia’s investment plan has been approved. Social, environmental and financial risks related to a Nicaragua geothermal project were raised.

30 November 2016
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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

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

Knowledge

News

Who’s poor? New estimates of PPPs led to halving of World Bank’s poverty numbers

A May World Bank-led statistical operation has used a new method to estimate purchasing power parities, allowing it to more than halve the estimated number of people living on below $1.25 per day.

6 August 2014

Land

News

Complaint filed against IFC funded Lafarge mining operation

Khasi indigenous people in Indian state of Meghalaya have filed a complaint with the CAO over illegal land infringement by French multinational Lafarge's Bangladeshi cement plant.

26 February 2014

Environment

News

Environment trust fund goals conflict with World Bank

World Bank’s involvement in the Global Environment Facility and Green Climate Fund trust funds criticised.

23 January 2014

Finance

News

Bangladesh to raise VAT under IMF pressure

The Bangladeshi government is being pressured by the IMF's Asia and Pacific department officials to implement its recommendations, including raising the VAT rate, despite opposition from local civil society organizations.

6 December 2012

Infrastructure

Background

Water privatisation management issues

This session featured a discussion on the implications of current water policy reforms that have increasingly privatised and commodified water.

10 October 2012 | Minutes

IFI governance

News

World Bank back in on Padma bridge project?

The World Bank has decided to reengage with Bangladesh's Padma bridge project after it suspended its promised $1.2 billion loan last year over allegations of corruption in the consultant selection process

2 October 2012
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