Private Sector

Conditionality

Background

Combating tax flight: ending evasion and reducing avoidance

Norway, Germany, IMF, WOrld Bank and experts discuss tackling tax evasion and capital flight.

11 October 2008 | Minutes

Accountability

News

UN calls for human rights accountability

A UN report says the World Bank's investment arbitration facility is at odds with the protection of human rights.

17 June 2008

Environment

Background

Dialogue with NGOs and Lars Thunell, Executive Vice President and CEO, IFC

Dialogue with NGOs and Lars Thunell, Executive Vice President and CEO, IFC

13 April 2008 | Minutes

IFI governance

Background

Briefing on the new IFC-IDA Secretariat

Notes from a briefing by World Bank staff on the new IFC-IDA joint secretariat

10 April 2008 | Minutes

Finance

News

IFC challenges highlighted in the Middle East

The International Finance Corporation, the private sector arm of the World Bank, is rapidly increasing its investment in the Middle East, raising questions about the development value of its activities. A Norwegian study of the IFC's Doing Business indicators questions the usefulness of the index to making real-life improvements to a country's business environment.

1 April 2008

Accountability

News

World Bank and procurement: Development tool or TNC sop?

A new study on the Bank's push for procurement reform suggests that a narrow focus on value for money may undermine the ability of governments to use procurement as a tool for development; meanwhile US and European corporate lobbyists continue to pressure the Bank to go slow on the use of developing countries' own procurement systems.

1 April 2008

Environment

Background

Highlights of BWI-UK network meeting with Caroline Sergeant, 7 February 2008

Highlights of NGO meeting with alternative executive director to the World Bank, Caroline Sergeant

18 February 2008 | Minutes

IFI governance

News

Llamado en respaldo al retiro de Bolivia del ICSID

En enero del 2008, más de 800 grupos de ciudadanos de 59 países de todos los continentes presentaron una solicitud a Robert Zoellick, Presidente del Banco Mundial, exigiendo que el Banco respete la decisión de Bolivia de retirarse del Centro Internacional para la Presentación de Disputas sobre Inversiones.

18 February 2008

Social services

News

IFC and health "unsubstantiated claims"

In a December report financed by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the International Finance Corporation (IFC) estimates that over the next decade $25 to $30 billion will be needed to meet the needs of Africa's health care and announced that it will coordinate $1 billion, in equity investments and loans to finance private sector health provision in Sub-Saharan Africa

1 February 2008

Environment

News

World Bank and power

Calls for the Bank to end its lending for fossil fuels have increased in the aftermath of the 13th conference of the parties of the UN framework convention on climate change in Bali but the Bank has continued to push oil, gas and coal operations.

1 February 2008