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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
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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
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Knowledge

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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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#MeToo arrives at World Bank as it publishes Gender-Based Violence Action Plan

World Bank publishes GBV Action Plan for developing-country projects, while internal sexual harassment cases from 1980s are brought to World Bank Ombudsman.

27 March 2018

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AIMM: Will IFC hit rights-based development target?

CSOs call on IFC to ensure new AIMM development impact framework includes human rights-based methodology and applies to entire portfolio.

27 March 2018

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CAO released damning audit of IFC hydro project in Guatemala

CAO audit finds IFC failed to identify gaps in project’s social and environmental assessment, while communities impacted by the project face impacts on water source, livelihoods and levels of violence.

7 December 2017

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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.

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24 July 2018

World Bank releases revised ESF Guidance Notes for Borrowers

Despite improvements, notes still contain gaps in key areas including human rights and climate action

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27 March 2018

CSOs continue to push for review of Bank’s ESF guidance notes

World Bank ESF draft Guidance Notes for Borrowers continue to concern civil society