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South Africa

Infrastructure

Analysis

World Bank and IMF influence casts shadow over South Africa’s Just Energy Transition Partnership

World Bank’s support for fossil fuel projects, including problem-riddled Medupi coal power station, leaves its reputation in tatters with South African civil society.

8 December 2022

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

Finance

Analysis

G20 communiqué analysis – Spring Meetings 2021

Analysis of the G20 communiqué published on 7 April from the 2021 World Bank and IMF virtual Spring Meetings.

12 April 2021

IFI governance

Analysis

G24 communiqué analysis – Spring Meetings 2021

Analysis of the G24 communiqué released on 5 April from the 2021 virtual World Bank and IMF Spring Meetings.

12 April 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

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

Private Sector

Analysis

How the Bank’s push for microcredit failed the poor

Originally created to help the poor escape poverty and deprivation, the World Bank became the most important advocate for the commercialised microcredit model. Yet, critics argued it undermined the chances of sustainable and equitable development to create a poverty trap of historic proportions.

8 December 2017 | At Issue
Non-formal primary school in Mathare, Nairobi, Kenya. Credit: TonyBaker

Social services

Analysis

IFC investments in basic education: marginalising the poorest

As the IFC increases investments in for-profit, commercial education, CSO RESULTS finds this marginalises the poor and calls on the IFC to enhance free public education instead.

6 April 2017 | Guest analysis
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Other news

IFI governance

Background

Greening whole economies? Unpacking World Bank plans for Paris alignment by July 2023

Notes from a Civil Society Policy Forum event on 14 October titled "Greening whole economies? Unpacking World Bank plans for Paris alignment by July 2023."

14 October 2022 | Minutes

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

Finance

Background

A People’s Recovery: Ensuring progressive fiscal measures for a feminist and just pandemic recovery

Notes from the Civil Society Policy Forum session on 24 March.

24 March 2021 | Minutes

Infrastructure

News

World Bank’s toxic Medupi loan leaves South Africans in the dark

Bank’s $3.75 billion loan in 2010 has failed to deliver reliable energy to South African users, despite eye-watering cost overruns.

4 April 2019

Rights

News

CAO opens new Marikana case

CAO finds complaints from Marikana community eligible for further assessment.

28 September 2015

IFI governance

Background

Gender and development: What is happening now?

Notes from a meeting on gender and development during the World Bank spring meetings.

16 April 2015 | Minutes

IFI governance

Background

Emerging markets in transition: growth prospects and challenges

Notes of a meeting on emerging markets in transition at the World Bank-IMF annual meetings 2014

8 October 2014

IFI governance

News

Calls for IMF quota reform implementation

Countries, including Russia and India, have continued to express concerns over the failure to complete the 2010 IMF quota reform.

2 December 2013
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