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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

Accountability

News

CSOs raise concerns about conflict of interest related to World Bank technical assistance loan in Guyana

Law firm contracted under World Bank technical assistance apparently backs out after CSOs expose links to ExxonMobil.

16 July 2020

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

Infrastructure

Analysis

Local communities oppose planned dam construction supported by World Bank in Manipur

World Bank supports hydropower building spree in Manipur, threatening local communities’ livelihoods in the process.

12 December 2019 | Guest analysis
Civil society groups call for the World Bank to stop financing fossil fuels outside its 2019 Annual Meetings in October

Environment

News

EIB rules out most fossil fuel funding from 2021, setting new benchmark for MDBs

New energy policy sees European Investment Bank end support for unabated coal, oil and gas from 2021.

12 December 2019

Infrastructure

News

Warming of Ethiopia-Eritrea relations puts proposed LAPSSET mega-project under microscope

Significant concerns also remain about environmental and social impacts of mega-infrastructure project partially financed by World Bank.

26 September 2018

Rights

News

CAO released damning audit of IFC hydro project in Guatemala

CAO audit finds IFC failed to identify gaps in project’s social and environmental assessment, while communities impacted by the project face impacts on water source, livelihoods and levels of violence.

7 December 2017

Environment

News

Shared prosperity? WBG fails to progress on energy access for poor

A new civil society report criticises the World Bank for not doing enough to help meet Sustainable Energy for All (SEforAll) objective of achieving universal energy access by 2030.

6 December 2017

Other news

Infrastructure

News

3 October 2019

EIB's draft energy plan proposes ending finance for fossil fuels after 2020

Move comes after concerted civil society campaign calling for ‘fossil-free EIB’.

Infrastructure

News

4 April 2019

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.

Infrastructure

Background

17 April 2019 | Minutes

Sustainable Infrastructure: Aligning with Rights and the SDGs

Notes from the Civil Society Policy Forum event on 10 April, which looked at sustainable infrastructure from fiscal, rights and climate lenses.

Environment

Background

25 April 2017 | Minutes

On track to 1.5C: Mainstreaming climate and forest actions in MDB lending and country strategies

Notes from a meeting at the IMF/World Bank 2017 spring meetings on MDB actions on climate change and forests.

Infrastructure

News

27 September 2018

World Bank reconsiders support for coal in Kosovo

Bank commissions energy options study, which will explore alternate electricity sources.

Infrastructure

News

27 September 2018

Civil society calls on IFC and other MDBs to stop financing damaging Balkan dams

A June petition signed by more than 120,000 people called on IFIs, “to immediately stop funding for projects that are located in protected areas.”

Infrastructure

News

24 July 2018

IFC takes its first steps to address Bujagali dam complaints

IFC announces preliminary measures to address CAO complaints regarding Uganda's Bujagali dam, as project receives WBG refinancing boost.

Rights

News

2 October 2017

Controversial Sardar Sarovar Project dam set to displace thousands

Dam - supported by World Bank from 1985-1993 - formally opened by Indian Prime Minister despite resettlement being incomplete.