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Western Europe

Construction workers at work, Tianjin, China

Social services

News

Privatised profits, socialised losses: European reports call World Bank’s PPP push into question

Reports expose the scale of damage caused by PPPs, adding weight to broader concerns around the Bank’s aggressive promotion of them.

23 July 2018

IFI governance

Background

Financial crisis 10 years on. Has the response to 2008 laid the foundations for the next?

Notes from the 19 April Civil Society Policy Forum session on the response to the 2008 financial crisis at the World Bank and IMF's Spring Meetings.

19 April 2018 | Minutes

IFI governance

Background

The promotion of Public-Private Partnerships – exporting a failed model?

Notes from the 19 April Civil Society Policy Forum session on the World Bank's promotion of public-private partnerships at the World Bank and IMF's Spring Meetings.

19 April 2018 | Minutes

Rights

News

Labour in Greece: With friends like the IMF…

IMF agrees to conditional participation in new Greek loan package and demands that the government maintains the suspension of collective bargaining despite rising inequality and decrease in wages.

27 September 2017

Infrastructure

News

Azerbaijani Laundromat to sully Bank’s reputation?

Scandal raises new questions about World Bank loans for Trans-Anatolian Pipeline (TANAP), after civil society previously raised concerns over human rights violations and the negative environmental impact of the project.

27 September 2017

Rights

News

IMF conditions weaken labour rights, World Bank labour policy inconsistent

March IMF policy paper advocates liberalisation and lowering of labour market protections although makes case for stimulus when there is 'available fiscal space'. World Bank displays inconsistent labour policy implementation. IMF U-turn on advice regarding Germany’s introduction of minimum wage.

3 July 2017

Finance

Analysis

IMF and debt restructuring: just talk?

An IMF staff blog has acknowledged weaknesses in IMF’s approach to debt sustainability, meanwhile civil society continues to demand human rights-based approach considering who bears burden of debt repayment.

22 March 2017 | Guest analysis
Mapa del Corredor de Gas del Sur. Crédito: Bankwatch

Infrastructure

Analysis

The rise and fall of World Bank funded megaprojects

The World Bank has announced funding for the controversial Southern Gas Corridor, while exiting two other high profile but problematic megaprojects, Inga 3 in Democratic Republic of Congo and Simandou in Guinea.

31 January 2017
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Other news

IFI governance

Background

UK civil society meeting with UK World Bank Executive Director Melanie Robinson

Notes from a meeting with the UK World Bank Executive Director on 6 July 2018.

28 August 2018 | Minutes

IFI governance

News

World Bank general capital increase to be formalised in October

World Bank board to formalise contentious general capital increase at October Annual Meetings

27 July 2018

Environment

News

Development banks pump more money into Southern Gas Corridor, despite fresh concerns

EBRD approves €500 million loan for TAP, as Italy announces it will review its support for project

24 July 2018

IFI governance

Background

UK civil society meeting with UK World Bank Executive Director Melanie Robinson

Notes of a meeting with UK World Bank Executive Director Melanie Robinson on 19 March 2018.

14 May 2018 | Minutes

IFI governance

Background

UK civil society meeting with UK World Bank Executive Director Melanie Robinson

Notes of a meeting with UK World Bank Executive Director Melanie Robinson on 22 September 2017.

15 December 2017 | Minutes

IFI governance

Background

UK civil society meeting with DFID: Annual meetings and IDA

Notes of a UK CSO meeting with DFID on the annual meetings and the IDA process 23 September 2016.

10 November 2016 | Minutes

IFI governance

News

IMF’s Lagarde to face trial in France

IMF’s managing director lost a July appeal to avoid trial in France over negligence while French finance minister.

23 September 2016

IFI governance

Background

UK civil society meeting with UK World Bank Executive Director Melanie Robinson

Notes of a meeting with UK World Bank Executive Director Melanie Robinson 21 July 2016.

2 September 2016 | Minutes
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