Sub-Saharan Africa

Environment

News

MIGA considering support for Guinea’s Nimba mining project in UNESCO heritage site

The Mount Nimba nature reserve has been listed as a World Heritage site since 1981 but classified as "in danger" since 1992, in part due to the threat of iron-ore mining.

6 October 2020

Social services

News

World Bank abandons pandemic bond instrument after disastrous Covid-19 response

World Bank’s pandemic bond instrument scrapped after high visibility Covid-19 failure

6 October 2020

Conditionality

News

World Bank power sector loan in Nigeria raises energy costs as economic crisis bites

As Nigeria enters a deepening economic recession, a $750 million World Bank programme for results (P4R) loan has resulted in increased electricity tariff rates for most Nigerians.

6 October 2020

Social services

Background

World Bank Group’s ‘Maximizing Finance for Development’ in times of Covid-19

Notes from the virtual Civil Society Policy Forum at the 2020 World Bank and IMF Annual Meetings 5 October session on the World Bank's 'Maximizing Finance for Development' and the Covid-19 response.

5 October 2020 | Minutes

Finance

Background

Covid-19 and debt: Going beyond debt suspension towards a systemic response to debt crises

Notes from the virtual Civil Society Policy Forum 28 September Session at the IMF and World Bank 2020 Annual Meetings on Covid-19 and debt.

28 September 2020 | Minutes

Finance

Analysis

World Bank’s rating obsession will negate debt justice

The international financial system’s reliance upon credit ratings – usually based on dubious premises – needs urgent rethinking.

12 August 2020 | At Issue

Finance

Analysis

The IMF and World Bank-led Covid-19 recovery: ‘Building back better’ or locking in broken policies?

Early evidence suggests IMF programmes are maintaining long-term fiscal consolidation targets, while World Bank further continues Maximizing Finance for Development narrative amidst Covid-19 crisis.

16 July 2020

Infrastructure

Analysis

World Bank must ensure new Africa energy strategy is inclusive and pro-poor

The Bank’s new Africa energy strategy offers it an important chance to mainstream achieving SDG7 into its energy lending on the continent.

16 July 2020 | Guest comment

IFI governance

Analysis

G24 communiqué analysis – Spring Meetings 2020

Analysis of the G24 communiqué released on 14 April.

21 April 2020
Msaranga Secondary School, Moshi, Kilimanjaro Tanzania classroom.

Rights

Commentary

World Bank must support rigorous independent monitoring of discrimination against girls in Tanzania

World Bank board approves Tanzania education loan amid pregnant schoolgirls re-admission ban.

7 April 2020 | Guest comment

Infrastructure

Analysis

Ghana’s Sankofa gas project - backed by World Bank - brings fiscal pain

Ghana left with $250 million bill for unused gas in 2019 primarily due to ‘take or pay’ clause in Bank-supported PPP contract.

7 April 2020

Gender

Analysis

IMF’s recognition of unpaid care work undermined by its own harmful policy advice

New IMF working paper establishes macro-criticality of unpaid care work but remains blind to Fund’s negative policy impacts on women and girls.

12 December 2019 | Guest analysis