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Map of Armed conflict zones in Myanmar (Burma) since 1995.

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Myanmar deemed rising Doing Business star, but at what cost?

World Bank praises Myanmar for improvement in Doing Business ranking, ignoring the implications of proposed reforms on country’s complex conflict dynamics.

7 April 2020

Private Sector

Analysis

The IMF and PPPs: A master class in double-speak

As IMF warns of fiscal risks to PPPs, it continues to back them through policy advice and fiscal consolidation.

4 April 2019
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

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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
Construction workers at work, Tianjin, China

Social services

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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

Rights

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AIMM: Will IFC hit rights-based development target?

CSOs call on IFC to ensure new AIMM development impact framework includes human rights-based methodology and applies to entire portfolio.

27 March 2018

Social services

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CSOs urge IFC to divest from for-profit school chain

CSOs urge investors to divest from private school provider Bridge International Academies; IFC remains investor, despite WDR’s concerns with private education.

27 March 2018

Private Sector

Analysis

How the Bank’s push for microcredit failed the poor

Originally created to help the poor escape poverty and deprivation, the World Bank became the most important advocate for the commercialised microcredit model. Yet, critics argued it undermined the chances of sustainable and equitable development to create a poverty trap of historic proportions.

8 December 2017 | At Issue

IFI governance

Background

Measuring impact – an overview of IFC’s new approach to measuring development impact

Notes on the IFC's new approach to measuring development impact at the Civil Society Policy Forum 2017, 10 October.

10 October 2017 | Minutes

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Rights

News

7 April 2020

Civil society launches framework to assess human rights impact of health privatisation

CSO framework evaluates consequences of private sector activity on right to health.

Finance

News

7 April 2020

World Bank pandemic bond instrument fails in COVID-19 response

World Bank's ‘innovative’ health financing instrument proved to be slow and late.

Social services

News

4 April 2019

Lagos water rights summit rejects World Bank privatisation

World Bank water privatisation push in Africa criticised by civil society that are calling for a rights-based approach. 

Private Sector

News

6 December 2018

IFC launches consultation on draft Operating Principles for Impact Management

As IFC launches consultation on draft Principles, its declining development outcome performance as 'first impact investor' provides useful point of departure.

Private Sector

News

6 December 2017

CSOs call on World Bank to halt its aggressive support of PPPs

152 CSOs call demand World Bank halt its aggressive support of PPPs, publicaly recognise their significant risks.

Private Sector

Background

18 April 2017 | Minutes

Why impact investments can be an effective tool for social development

Notes of spring meeting session on impact investments, 18 April.

Private Sector

News

31 January 2017

World Bank arbitration mechanism ICSID rules in favour of El Salvador

ICSID, a World Bank arm for investor-state dispute arbitration, ruled that the $250 million case brought by Pac Rim Cayman against El Salvador in 2009 was without merit.

Private Sector

Background

5 October 2016 | Minutes

Examining the IFC’s climate and forest footprint in its financial sector investments

Notes from a side event at the IMF/World Bank 2016 annual meetings on how the World Bank Group can ensure that its financial intermediary investments are consistent with its forest and climate commitments.