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Civil society calls to move away from PPPs grow, while World Bank doubles down on private finance-led approach

Civil society ramps up calls to move away from public-private partnerships (PPPs) with Santiago Declaration for Public Services. 

5 April 2023

Infrastructure

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MIGA’s support for gas projects raises concerns about its climate credentials

World Bank’s commercial insurance arm provided nearly $850 million in guarantees for gas projects in Bangladesh and Mozambique in fiscal year 2022.

5 April 2023

Social services

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World Bank’s definition of ‘universal’ social protection - another buzzword?

World Bank’s newly released Social Protection and Jobs Compass guidance note creates confusion over the Bank’s definition of ‘universal’ social protection.

8 December 2022

Conditionality

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Unbalanced financial stimulus followed by fiscal austerity: When will the IMF learn from its mistakes?!

New reports by Financial Transparency Coalition and Eurodad highlight uneven distribution of Covid-19 stimulus spending followed by socially painful fiscal austerity.

8 December 2022

Rights

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A new SDR allocation: Combatting deepening fragility concerns

The links between high debt burdens, lack of climate finance, austerity and the rise in political instability and fragility, conflict and violence remain largely neglected as IMF shareholders consider calls for a new SDR allocation, as proposed by the Bridgetown Agenda.

8 December 2022

Social services

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World Bank issues new guidance on PPPs legal frameworks, ignoring long-standing concerns with the model

New World Bank guidance on PPP legal frameworks evidence of institution’s continued reliance on PPPs as key to addressing SDG financing gap despite well-documented failures. Previous World Bank PPP contracts template criticised for incompatibility with human rights norms.

4 October 2022

Social services

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World Bank’s commitment to private sector-led development casts doubt on effectiveness of new Pandemic Preparedness Fund

The World Bank’s proposal to establish a fund for Pandemic Prevention, Preparedness and Response raises questions about the Bank’s support for private sector healthcare at the expense of public provision.

21 July 2022

Social services

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World Bank's new gender strategy: Concerns about approach to social protection and gender-blind macroeconomic reforms remain

With the World Bank’s current gender strategy set to expire next year, care and social protection emerge as a possible focus, but CSOs remain skeptical that Bank's private sector-led approach will deliver on women's rights.

21 July 2022

Conditionality

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The human face of the World Bank's private sector bias: The privatisation of Kenya's healthcare

A November 2021 report by the Center for Human Rights and Global Justice at New York University highlights the human rights consequences of the World Bank’s Maximising Finance for Development approach.

21 July 2022

Social services

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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.

21 July 2022