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Accountability

News

World Bank’s accountability mechanisms - still a long way to go

57 CSOs highlight need for operational changes in the World Bank’s new accountability scheme to ensure its effectiveness.

4 October 2022

Accountability

Commentary

The IMF is changing and needs an independent ombudsman

The Fund's expansion of its work into the macro-stability challenges posed by pandemics, climate change, gender discrimination and inequality increases the risks that it may negatively impact communities and individuals.

21 July 2022 | Guest comment

Accountability

Analysis

Why the IFC can’t afford to squander this opportunity to get remedy right

The IFC is the only DFI that has committed to creating a remedy framework. The basic requirements of a rights-based remedy framework are already known.

21 July 2022 | Guest analysis

IFI governance

Analysis

Spring Meetings 2022 Preamble: War in Ukraine risks deepening divergent recovery as World Bank and IMF prepare for Spring Meetings

War in Ukraine will have significant spillover effects as Global South continues to carry the burden of vaccine inequity. Debt, austerity and evolving food crisis key talking points of Meetings while unequal recovery, gender, RST and surcharges key issues at CSPF.

14 April 2022

Private Sector

Analysis

How IMF and World Bank support for financialisation undermines human rights

IMF and World Bank policies and programmes work in tandem to expand and deepen financialisation, exacerbating the inequality crisis and harming human rights, financial stability and democratic governance

6 April 2022 | At Issue

Finance

News

Argentine civil society denounces new IMF agreement as illegitimate

Civil society rejects new Agreement arguing IMF loan will be used to pay odious debt and result in reforms damaging to human rights.

6 April 2022

Rights

News

Open letter UN Human Rights Council and UN Special Rapporteur on Disability Rights, Gerard Quinn

Letter from World Bank Disabled Support Group to UN Human Rights Council and UN Special Rapporteur on Disability Rights

9 December 2021 | Letters

Accountability

News

World Bank’s new Accountability Mechanism: One step forward…?

Mixed reactions on new World Bank Accountability Mechanism as civil society welcomes incorporation of dispute resolution function but is concerned about possible erosion of Inspection Panel independence.

22 September 2021

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Rights

News

4 October 2022

'Uber Files' and 'Back off BlackRock' campaign expose 'pink washing' as the heart of corporate women's economic empowerment agenda

Uber Leaks and cancelled BlackRock and UN Women partnership highlight contradiction of corporate ‘pink washing’ interests with IFI gender commitments.

Rights

News

4 October 2022

Will IMF Strategy for Fragile and Conflict-Affected States escape traditional focus on austerity?

The IMF’s new Fragile and Conflict-Affected States strategy has incorporated many civil society concerns, but civil society and international actors like the UN must also have input into its implementation.

Social services

News

21 July 2022

World Bank’s IFC ends funding for fee-paying primary and secondary schools

Independent Evaluation Group report highlighted private sector education provision can exacerbate inequality and undermine the public sector school system.

Land

News

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

Rights

News

6 April 2022

Report implicates IFC investments in human rights abuses of Uyghur and other minorities in China

New CSO research alleges that IFC investments have contributed to forced displacement and labour, detention, and other human rights violations of Uyghurs and other minorities in Xinjiang, China.

Finance

News

9 December 2021

Civil society frustrated by lack of substantive engagement in IDA20 replenishment process

Private sector first approach intact in IDA20 replenishment despite CSO recommendations.

Private Sector

Background

29 March 2021 | Minutes

Private sector accountability in times of crisis

Notes from the virtual Civil Society Policy Forum session on 29 March.

Social services

Background

26 March 2021 | Minutes

The role of the World Bank in ensuring universal and equitable COVID-19 vaccines for all

Notes from the virtual Civil Society Policy Forum event on March 26.