Environment

Analysis

World Bank's investment in Seven Energy in Nigeria once again calls Bank's due diligence into question

World Bank's due diligence processes highly suspect as it invests a quarter of a billion dollars in Nigerian Seven Energy, where several individuals associated with the company’s flagship contract are now either on the run or charged with money laundering.

6 December 2018 | At Issue

Rights

Commentary

World Bank and IMF Annual Meetings marred by clampdown on People’s Global Conference

Clampdown on civil society leaves stain on this year’s Annual Meetings, as global civic space is increasingly under threat

6 December 2018 | Comment

Gender

Analysis

Bretton Woods Institutions’ instrumental gender approach ignores structural elephant in the room

IMF and World Bank continue to undermine gender equality through bulk of macroeconomic policy advice.

6 December 2018 | Guest analysis

Accountability

News

Civil society apprehensive as World Bank launches new Environmental and Social Framework

Despite years of preparation, civil society organisations remain unconvinced that reform of Bank’s safeguards has been for the better

6 December 2018

Finance

Analysis

The IMF in Argentina: Can an old dog learn new tricks?

As IMF increases Argentina loan, its policies continue to ignore root causes of crisis with predictable impacts for Argentinians

6 December 2018

Knowledge

News

Doing Business 2019: World Bank’s tunnel vision obscures calls for reform

The Doing Business Report 2019 criticised by civil society over its promotion of deregulation and low business tax.

6 December 2018
Philip Alston, special rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights present his report at the 38th Regular Session of the Human Rights Council.

Social services

News

IMF and World Bank’s support for privatisation condemned by UN expert

A new UN report shines light on how IMF and World Bank support for privatisation contributes to the elimination of human rights

6 December 2018

Environment

News

As climate crisis bites, World Bank further distances itself from coal

International Finance Corporation announced new ‘green equity’ policy to encourage financial intermediaries to divest from coal, while Bank pulled plug on mooted Kosovo coal project.

6 December 2018

IFI governance

Commentary

Bank and Fun(d) speak of the year: 12 days of Christmas – an ode to the World Bank & IMF’s 2018

At the end of every year, the Bretton Woods Project highlights some of the most farcical remarks of Fund and World Bank staff. This time, it’s set to music.

6 December 2018 | Humour

IFI governance

News

Inspection Panel and Compliance Ombudsman Advisor reviews: Will World Bank fill the half-empty glass?

Civil society press for review of Inspection Panel and Compliance Advisor Ombudsman to result in reserve funds, community-led monitoring systems and greater power for accountability mechanisms.

6 December 2018