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Environment

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Links between Amazon deforestation and World Bank exposed

IFC equity investment linked to development of key Brazilian transport corridor, leading to accelerated deforestation in the area.

3 October 2019

Land

Analysis

IFC investments implicated in land grabs in Africa

IFC investments through financial intermediary investments linked to land grabs and displacement in Africa. CSOs critique proposed changes to IFC lending policies.

3 July 2017

IFI governance

Analysis

IFC 3.0: superficial upgrades, same problems?

As the IFC sets out a new strategy, CAO and CSO reports have raised further criticism over its investment in financial intermediaries, and a new law suit challenges its immunity.

7 April 2017
Assam tea worker credit: Rajan Zaveri

Rights

Commentary

World Bank continues colonial legacy on Assam’s tea plantations

CAO report validates 2013 complaint by Indian NGOs on IFC investment in colonial tea plantation in Assam. The IFC's action plan is very limited in scope.

31 January 2017 | Guest comment

Environment

Analysis

Pilot Program for Climate Resilience (PPCR)

The Pilot Program for Climate Resilience (PPCR) has expanded with ten countries despite a lack of funds. The US questioned the approval of a Bolivia project and resettlement issues were raised on two Cambodia projects.

4 November 2015

Environment

Analysis

Pilot Program for Climate Resilience (PPCR)

The Pilot Program for Climate Resilience has invited new countries apply for participation and is also expanding the private sector set-aside to non-PPCR countries. Biodiversity and gender impacts were questioned on a Grenada project and the gender focus on a Haiti project.

6 May 2015

Private Sector

Analysis

New report shows IFC FI investments cause human rights abuses around the world

New evidence from Oxfam, the Bretton Woods Project and other NGOs reveals the impact of IFC investments in financial intermediaries on global human rights.

2 April 2015 | Reports

Land

Analysis

Will the World Bank get truly climate smart?

World Bank is criticised for focusing on climate-smart agriculture, including industrial approaches, instead of more sustainable agroecological approaches.

31 March 2015 | Guest analysis

Other news

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News

12 December 2019

World Bank, IMF and EBRD push for controversial land reform in Ukraine

Ukraine passes contentious draft land reform law under pressure from World Bank, IMF and EBRD.

Land

News

3 October 2019

Guinean communities’ complaint against IFC-financed bauxite mine enters dispute resolution

CAO convenes process after February complaint alleged land grabbing, negative livelihood impacts.

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News

27 September 2018

Potential Inspection Panel probe of Amaravati 'land grab' allegations deferred again

Panel received request to investigate allegations related to proposed World Bank loan in 2017.

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News

31 January 2017

World Bank’s agriculture initiative criticised

Civil society has called on the World Bank to terminate its Enabling the Business of Agriculture initiative.

Land

News

5 April 2016

Eggs thrown at World Bank Cambodia headquarters

Evictees and affected families of Cambodia's Boeng Kak and Borei Keila neighborhoods have called on the World Bank to leave Cambodia, as lending programme resumes.

Rights

News

8 February 2016

Renewed calls for World Bank to suspend funding for Uzbekistan

Civil society organisations have renewed their calls for the World Bank to suspend funding to Uzbekistan, due to continued concerns about forced and child labour in the cotton harvest.

Rights

Background

20 November 2015 | Minutes

UK civil society meeting with Minister of State Desmond Swayne

Notes from a meeting on 7 September 2015 between the Minister of State of the UK Department for International Development (DFID) and civil society representatives, focusing on the World Bank's safeguards review.

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News

6 July 2015

NGOs denounce World Bank land conference

NGO coalition Our Land Our Business denounced the World Bank’s March conference on land and poverty, condemning the Bank’s role in land grabs.