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IFI governance

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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

Rights

News

IFC faces critical questions over investments in gig economy

IFC’s investments in gig economy platform companies come under scrutiny

13 July 2021

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

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

Rights

Analysis

World Bank reparations demanded for murder of frontline South African anti-coal activist

Community demands reparations from World Bank for murder of South African environmental activist Fikile Ntshangase for opposing the Tendele coal mine initially financed by IFC.

10 December 2020 | Guest analysis

IFI governance

Analysis

Biden, the Bank and IMF: A break with ‘America first’ or its continued pursuit through multilateral means?

The world awaits to see whether Trump’s defeat will result in the end of the 'America First' approach and a democratisation of the IMF and World Bank and the multilateral system.

10 December 2020

Finance

News

IMF's continued VAT push inconsistent with rhetoric on progressive taxes

As the IMF celebrates the rise of VAT, women and those least able to pay are left behind in worsening inequality crisis.

10 December 2020

Rights

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Unions raise alarm over alleged retaliatory firing at IFC-financed Guinea hotel

IFC accused of violation of performance standards after alleged retaliatory action against workers.

10 December 2020

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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.

Private Sector

Background

25 March 2021 | Minutes

An economic future for whom? The Cascade/MFD and recovery

Notes from the virtual Spring 2021 Civil Society Policy Forum on 25 March 2021.

Rights

News

23 March 2021

Myanmar civil society calls for solidarity from international financial institutions

Civil society letter condemns World Bank statements as ‘weak’.

Environment

News

10 December 2020

World Bank cancels Bisri dam project in Lebanon after years of community resistance

Environmental groups and activists claim victory after years of campaigning.

IFI governance

News

10 December 2020

Delays in Inspection Panel eligibility decision in Nepal risk “irreversible damage”

Panel yet to rule on case filed in April despite receiving consultant's report.

Conditionality

News

10 December 2020

Pakistan resists IMF measures that could “push more people into poverty”

IMF programme would result in increased electricity prices and regressive consumer tax hikes amid rising cost of living.

Social services

Background

5 October 2020 | Minutes

World Bank Group’s ‘Maximizing Finance for Development’ in times of Covid-19

Notes from the virtual Civil Society Policy Forum at the 2020 World Bank and IMF Annual Meetings 5 October session on the World Bank's 'Maximizing Finance for Development' and the Covid-19 response.