Private Sector


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Accountability

Commentary

Year 2 of the Tunisian revolution: Private profit vs public interest

In October 2012, the Tunisian government submitted a draft bill to the Constituent Assembly to shape a legal and institutional framework favourable to public-private partnerships (PPP).

2 July 2013 | Guest comment

Finance

Background

IFC blended finance

The International Finance Corporation (IFC), the World Bank's private sector arm, has recently formalised its 'blended finance' approach, undertaking investment in the private sector at lower than market rates using subsidies provided by donors. Donors' concessional funds are combined with the IFC's own non-concessional funding.

26 June 2013 | Inside the institutions

Private Sector

Analysis

IFC financed 'land grabs' in Cambodia, Laos and Honduras exposed

While the World Bank's leadership is further embracing private equity funds, the IFC's investment in financial intermediaries is again hitting the headlines over allegations of 'land grabs' in South East Asia and lack of respect for indigenous people's rights in Honduras.

26 June 2013

IFI governance

Analysis

Memorandum to the International Development Committee

In written evidence submitted to the UK parliament's International Development Committee, we argue that further reform of the World Bank is needed.

26 June 2013 | Briefings

Accountability

News

5-star development

Controversial IFC investments in tourism and infrastructure projects continue to cause friction with local communities, prompting a new complaint to the Compliance Advisor/Ombudsman.

26 June 2013

IFI governance

News

Doing Business not related to growth

The future of "Doing Business" has nothing to do with World Bank President Jim Yong Kim's opinion of growth ("Stand up for 'Doing Business'", The Economist, 25 May). You confuse growth with a set of indicators which many inside and outside the Bank find fundamentally flawed.

7 June 2013 | Letters

Accountability

Background

UK civil society meeting with UK World Bank Executive Director Gwen Hines

Notes of a meeting with UK executive director to the World Bank Gwen Hines in April 2013

29 April 2013 | Minutes

IFI governance

Background

Doing Business at the crossroads: ten years

Spring meetings side event hosted by the Center for Strategic and International Studies on 19 April 2013

25 April 2013 | Minutes

IFI governance

Background

From the Arab revolutions to global austerity trends

This session examined issues thrown up by the Arab revolutions, including the fiscal, monetary, tax and investment policies being considered by governments facilitating, or hindering countries in the Arab and other regions in building an inclusive economy and supporting socioeconomic recovery, the impact on public expenditure for the strengthening of education, health, and other social sectors as well as the management of chronic and high unemployment and high food and fuel prices.

22 April 2013 | Minutes

Accountability

Background

The private sector and poverty eradication

Minutes of an IFC event at the World Bank / IMF 2013 spring meetings

19 April 2013 | Minutes