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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

News

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

IFI governance

Analysis

Annual Meetings 2020 Preamble: IMF and World Bank frontload austerity and privatisation in Covid-19 recovery, while the world calls for more inclusive multilateralism

As the inability of Bank and Fund to adapt their policies in response to the Covid-19 pandemic becomes more evident, hope turns to the UN system and a radical restructure of the global international financial architecture.

12 October 2020

Rights

Analysis

Fears of lawsuits at World Bank’s tribunal constrain efforts to fight pandemic

Covid-19 pandemic highlights the urgent need for ICSID and wider ISDS reforms as cases threaten to undermine state efforts to protect public health.

16 July 2020

Rights

News

IFC denies responsibility for community harms following CAO’s Guatemala dam investigation

IFC denies responsibility for harms to the community in dam case despite investigation findings.

16 July 2020
Msaranga Secondary School, Moshi, Kilimanjaro Tanzania classroom.

Rights

Commentary

World Bank must support rigorous independent monitoring of discrimination against girls in Tanzania

World Bank board approves Tanzania education loan amid pregnant schoolgirls re-admission ban.

7 April 2020 | Guest comment

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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.

Accountability

Background

29 September 2020 | Minutes

Tracking the trillions: Emergency funds, corruption and making the Covid-19 recovery work for all

Notes from Civil Society Policy Forum at the 2020 IMF and World Bank Annual Meetings 29 September session on corruption and Covid-19 recovery.

Rights

News

16 July 2020

Concerns over labour rights resurface in IFC's Covid-19 response

Joint letter to IFC chief executive officer raises questions on worker protections.

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.

Rights

News

3 October 2019

World Bank China project raises 'crimes against humanity' concerns

Bank responds to allegations with investigation into whether its China lending could be going to internment camps.