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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

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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.

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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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Tunisia Commission seeks reparations for human rights violations from IMF and World Bank

Bretton Woods Institutions found to share responsibility for social unrest leading to serious human rights violations.

3 October 2019

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Landmark report finds attacks on human rights defenders in name of 'development' on the rise

World Bank and IFC identified as key funders of projects that endanger human rights defenders.

30 July 2019

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Will IMF stick its head in the sand on human rights Guiding Principles?

UN releases Guiding Principles on human rights impact assessments of economic reforms, begging the question of how the IMF will respond.

4 April 2019
a group of workers living in a tent in Chaco, Paraguay

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World Bank investment in Paraguayan cattle industry linked to human rights violations and environmental harm

Report links IFC to environmental harm and human rights violations resulting from cattle industry expansion in Paraguay.

27 September 2018
The City at the Crossroads of History mural.

Knowledge

Analysis

Pro-business agenda drives World Bank’s report on the future of work

As the World Bank publishes a report calling for labour market deregulation, global trade unions fight back.

23 July 2018 | Guest analysis

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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.

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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.

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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.

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30 July 2019

IFC announces changes to environmental and social framework after loss of immunity in the US

IFC announces changes to environment and social safeguards after historic United States Supreme Court ruling.

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16 April 2019 | Minutes

Taxes, Taxes, Taxes: Shifting the IFI Narrative to Progressive Gender-just Taxation

Notes from the Civil Society Policy Forum session on 12 April on the changing international tax landscape from a feminist perspective and challenging IFIs’ role in shaping it at the World Bank and IMF's 2019 Spring Meetings.

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6 December 2018

Civil society calls for more protection of human rights defenders in development as IFC publishes position

Defenders in Development Campaign welcomes IFC’s position on retaliation against human rights defenders in development but call for more specific actions

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6 December 2018

World Bank dispute arbitration mechanism publishes proposed rule changes

The World Bank-funded International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes has published its proposed changes to its rules for resolving disputes between states and foreign investors, with ongoing consultation.

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6 December 2018

Workers unite after IFC fails to comply with its labour standard

Malaysian workers certify union of choice despite efforts of IFC-backed company.