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World Bank land tenure approach contributes to displacement and food insecurity

The World Bank’s efforts to increase security of land tenure have largely amounted to a ‘formalisation’ of land property rights, which reinforce land inequalities and the disenfranchisement of rural peoples.

9 April 2024

Land

Analysis

India’s new farm laws mirror international financial institutions’ vision of agriculture

Thousands of Indian farmers protest damaging World Bank and IMF-supported reforms to agriculture laws.

23 March 2021 | Guest comment

Land

Analysis

The World Bank’s investments in the Great Green Wall: A desert mirage?

World Bank commits to invest additional $5 billion in the Great Green Wall over the next five years, despite shortcomings in its existing investments in the initiative highlighted by IEG.

23 March 2021

Rights

Analysis

Latin American Indigenous Peoples call on World Bank to safeguard their rights

Latin American Indigenous Peoples call on the World Bank to safeguard their rights and ensure its programmes are based on their own proposals.

23 March 2021 | Guest analysis

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

Accountability

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

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IFI governance

Background

17 April 2024 | Minutes

Agriculture, financialization, and gender: Exploring the World Bank’s response to interlinked phenomena

Notes from the Civil Society Policy Forum on 17 April 2024 titled "Agriculture, financialization, and gender: Exploring the World Bank’s response to interlinked phenomena"

Rights

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9 April 2024

World Bank project fails to protect Tanzanian pastoralists from serious human rights abuses

New report by Oakland Institute shows World Bank failing to uphold human rights standards resulting in violent assaults and evictions of Tanzanian pastoralists.

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19 July 2023

Word Bank promotes agricultural corporations at cost of food security in Africa

New CAFOD report exposes World Bank’s harmful approach to agriculture increases food insecurity in Africa.

Land

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5 April 2023

Corporations are expanding control over Ukraine’s land with help from the IMF and the World Bank

New report from the Oakland Institute exposes the stealth take-over of Ukrainian agricultural land known as the “breadbasket of Europe”.

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21 July 2022

IFC approves loan to industrial agriculture producer in Brazil despite pleas for protection of sensitive grassland biome

World Bank’s IFC $200 loan for large-scale agricultural production in Brazil disregards serious human rights and environmental concerns, despite calls by 200 civil society organisations globally

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16 July 2020

IMF and World Bank help push through contentious Ukraine land reform amid Covid-19 pandemic

Bank and Fund-backed land bill passed in dead of night during lockdown favouring private investors and Western agribusiness.

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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.

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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.