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Gender

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Gender equality at the IFIs: progress or PR?

The World Bank and the IMF have increased their rhetoric on gender equality, but concerns remain about Fund and Bank impacts on gender equality in practice.

5 April 2016

Finance

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UN vote supports calls for independent debt crisis response mechanism outside the IMF

UN votes in favour of accepting new principles to guide sovereign debt restructuring, as CSO report warns of risk of new crises linked to aid and multilateral lending.

28 September 2015

Social services

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Palliative treatment? IFIs follow up on Ebola

The World Bank and IMF have announced new facilities to support countries hit by public health disasters.

31 March 2015

Private Sector

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IFC ignores concerns about investments in financial intermediaries

IFC disagrees with concerns raised by CAO about its capacity to assess whether its investments through financial intermediaries have a positive development impact.

2 February 2015

Rights

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UN experts critique World Bank draft safeguards

UN experts have questioned the World Bank’s draft safeguards’ lack of references to human rights, meanwhile the consultation process continues to raise concerns by NGOs.

2 February 2015

Finance

Analysis

Ghana and the IMF – a window into Africa’s future?

Ghana's recent turn to the IMF raises questions about the 'Africa rising' narrative and may signal a stronger role for the Fund in the region.

29 September 2014

Land

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World Bank and agriculture: Cultivating controversy?

The World Bank’s push for ‘climate-smart agriculture’, including a new joint initiative, was criticised by CSOs. An Inspection Panel case on forced labour in Uzbekistan cotton fields was postponed for up to 12 months.

27 February 2014
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Social services

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World Bank: education is a "private good"

A World Bank blog about the benefits of private schooling has been contravened by a UN committee and heavily criticised by civil society

29 September 2014

Finance

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UN backs sovereign debt mechanism

UN votes to adopt developing countries’ resolution on a legal framework for debt resolution, independent of creditors, including the IMF.

29 September 2014

Environment

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Environment trust fund goals conflict with World Bank

World Bank’s involvement in the Global Environment Facility and Green Climate Fund trust funds criticised.

23 January 2014
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