South Africa

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

Rights

Commentary

Dangers of dilution: World Bank’s new weak environmental and social framework

World Bank’s new draft environmental and social framework is criticised as a step backwards that could lower the standards for the international development community.

29 September 2014 | Guest comment

IFI governance

Analysis

A major political move: the BRICS launch the New Development Bank and a reserve arrangement

A new article, co-written by Eurodad and the Bretton Woods Project, analyses the BRICS' newly launched bank and reserve arrangement.

18 July 2014 | Review

Infrastructure

Analysis

The rise of the infrastructure giants

World Bank faces increased competition over large scale infrastructure in Asia, with the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank and the BRICS Bank.

20 June 2014

Environment

Analysis

Clean Technology Fund (CTF)

Updates on the Clean Technology Fund (CTF) from CIFs Monitor 9

17 June 2014

Accountability

Commentary

World Bank accountability mechanisms: Any lessons learned yet?

The effectiveness of the Bank's accountability mechanisms relies on the extent their findings are accepted by Bank management. In three recent cases the Bank president has not responded seriously to their findings. The mechanisms must be made powerful and independent enough to hold the Bank to account.

27 February 2014 | Guest comment

Land

News

World Bank and agriculture: Cultivating controversy?

The World Bank’s push for ‘climate-smart agriculture’, including a new joint initiative, was criticised by CSOs. An Inspection Panel case on forced labour in Uzbekistan cotton fields was postponed for up to 12 months.

27 February 2014

Finance

Analysis

BRICS Bank: New bottle, how’s the wine?

Last year BRICS' leaders agreed to launch a BRICS development bank. Whether this is considered positive depends in part what questions are being asked. Sameer Dossani of ActionAid International highlights the flaws in the World Bank and IMF, analyses whether a BRICS Bank could be different from these institutions and proposes what it should do and what it should look like.

27 February 2014 | At Issue

Environment

Analysis

A mine of controversy: World Bank push for large scale extractives

New concerns have been raised on the World Bank’s involvement in the Simandou mine in Guinea, including on the use of biodiversity offsets, while civil society has repeated unaddressed concerns on the Mongolia Oyu Tolgoi mine. Further concerns have been raised on mines in Dominican Republic, Peru and South Africa.

3 December 2013

Finance

Analysis

The IFIs in 2013: year in review

The Bretton Woods Project review of the most important developments at the World Bank and IMF in 2013.

8 January 2014 | Review

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