Sub-Saharan Africa

Gender

Analysis

Learning lessons from the Covid-19 pandemic: The World Bank’s macroeconomic policies and women’s rights

This briefing argues that the Bank’s current framework for analysing the impacts of its macroeconomic policy advice on gender equality are insufficient.

29 September 2021 | Briefings

Finance

News

Pressure mounts for an end to IDA’s Private Sector Window as IDA20 negotiations continue

Civil society and academics call for scrapping of Private Sector Window in IDA20 and the reallocation of resources to support public sector responses to the pandemic.

22 September 2021

Infrastructure

News

Former Ghana national oil company head links World Bank’s Sankofa guarantee to gas power plant deals

Alex Mould says guarantee included commitment to sign four ‘take or pay’ contracts with independent power producers.

22 September 2021

Infrastructure

News

Nigerian CSO denounces increase in energy tariffs linked to World Bank-backed reforms

World Bank’s backed energy reforms in Nigeria set to raise electricity prices further despite amid Covid-19 pandemic.

17 September 2021

Finance

Commentary

World Bank must place economic transformation at heart of IDA20 replenishment

IDA20 must take urgent action to ensure tangible support for economic transformation and decent jobs, and the establishment of a social protection fund.

13 July 2021 | Guest comment

Gender

Analysis

Latest IMF gender research: Making the economy work for women, or women work for the economy?

IMF gender research direction shifts away from macroeconomic drivers of gender inequality.

13 July 2021

Social services

News

Malpass makes World Bank a pariah with opposition to TRIPS waiver

World Bank President comes out against temporarily waiving intellectual property rights on Covid-19 vaccines

13 July 2021

Rights

News

IFC faces critical questions over investments in gig economy

IFC’s investments in gig economy platform companies come under scrutiny

13 July 2021

Gender

News

World Bank gender-based violence mechanism raises "serious concerns"

World Bank procurement mechanism faces questions over community engagement

13 July 2021

Accountability

News

IMF faces wave of calls to suspend loan disbursements in Africa

Activists call for suspension of IMF disbursements, raising alarm about lack of accountability for several African loans.

13 July 2021

IFI governance

Analysis

Spring Meetings 2021 wrap up: Socialism for those who can afford it, neoliberalism for the rest

As the world struggles with divergent recovery paths from the pandemic, the IMF and World Bank once again failed to take the decisive action required during the Spring Meetings.

13 April 2021

IFI governance

Analysis

IMFC communiqué analysis – Spring Meetings 2021

Analysis of the IMFC communiqué published on 8 April from the 2021 World Bank and IMF virtual Spring Meetings.

13 April 2021