Sub-Saharan Africa

Social services

Analysis

World Bank support for Covid-19 vaccination fails to ensure equitable access

World Bank’s Covid-19 vaccination programme contributes to global response but fails to ensure free access to vaccines and healthcare during the pandemic.

23 March 2021

Land

Analysis

The World Bank’s investments in the Great Green Wall: A desert mirage?

World Bank commits to invest additional $5 billion in the Great Green Wall over the next five years, despite shortcomings in its existing investments in the initiative highlighted by IEG.

23 March 2021

Social services

News

World Bank-backed water bill sparks anti-privatisation movement in Nigeria

Bill withdrawn after allegations of misconduct, as Nigerian civil society mobilises against water privatisation.

23 March 2021

Finance

Analysis

G20 debt proposal continues to favour creditors

New common framework for debt relief announced at G20 Leaders’ Summit maintains prominent role of IMF and fails to include World Bank debt relief.

14 December 2020

Environment

News

Civil society research finds World Bank over-reported adaptation finance

New report raises uncomfortable questions for World Bank leadership about the credibility of the Bank’s climate finance accounting methods.

23 March 2021

Finance

News

World Bank in talks over early IDA replenishment this year

Civil society calls for policy package to meet Covid-19 ‘just recovery’ needs.

23 March 2021

Rights

Analysis

World Bank reparations demanded for murder of frontline South African anti-coal activist

Community demands reparations from World Bank for murder of South African environmental activist Fikile Ntshangase for opposing the Tendele coal mine initially financed by IFC.

10 December 2020 | Guest analysis

Rights

News

Unions raise alarm over alleged retaliatory firing at IFC-financed Guinea hotel

IFC accused of violation of performance standards after alleged retaliatory action against workers.

10 December 2020

Environment

News

Eni files ICSID arbitration request linked to controversial Nigeria oil deal

Case continues troubling trend of increased ISDS claims from fossil fuel industry.

10 December 2020

Rights

Analysis

Repairing harm caused: What could a reparations approach mean for the IMF and World Bank?

It is time for the IMF and World Bank to understand their own responsibility and decolonise their approach.

6 October 2020 | At Issue

Social services

Analysis

World Bank funded $17.3 million Uganda reproductive health voucher PPP fails to reach the poorest women

World Bank backs private sector voucher project in Uganda as poorest women lose out.

6 October 2020

Environment

News

World Bank and IMF lend support to mega-gas project in Mozambique, undeterred by growing risks

Despite growing focus on climate issues, both institutions have backed controversial Mozambique LNG project.

6 October 2020