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IFI governance

Analysis

World Bank results: "box-ticking" on gender, weak monitoring and evaluation

A new IEG report highlights persistent concerns with the World Bank’s monitoring and evaluation systems and ‘sluggish’ management response, and raises questions about the effectiveness of the Bank’s integration of gender within its operations.

29 June 2016

Environment

Commentary

A critical juncture for forests: Will the World Bank rise to meet the global challenge?

World Bank is called to take a leadership role in reducing deforestation and promote community forest management, including through its new Forest Action Plan.

9 February 2016 | Comment

IFI governance

Analysis

World Bank results: “a long-term, steady downward trend”

A series of reports by the World Bank’s Independent Evaluation Group raised further concerns over the Bank’s performance, as internal staff discontent continues.

6 July 2015

Finance

Analysis

Eroding accountability? The World Bank’s lending mechanisms under review

The World Bank safeguards review leaves out key Bank lending mechanisms despite potential significant impacts, leading to questions around accountability.

31 March 2015

Environment

News

World Bank support for mining expansion criticised

Criticism of World Bank-supported mining activities in Haiti, Honduras and Armenia reveal that the Bank is still associated with controversial extractives projects.

31 March 2015

Private Sector

News

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

Finance

Analysis

The World Bank: In the vanguard of an infrastructure boom

This briefing analyses the "biggest investment boom in human history", examining elements of a new public-private partnership focused infrastructure investment model, including the role of the World Bank Group.

2 February 2015 | At Issue

Land

News

World Bank targeted over role in land grabs

As activists staged global protests highlighting the potential damage from new World Bank agriculture rankings, Cambodian groups expressed concerns over reports that the Bank is considering resuming loans to Cambodia.

12 November 2014
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IFI governance

Background

UK civil society meeting with UK World Bank Executive Director Gwen Hines

Notes of a meeting with World Bank executive director Gwen Hines in October 2014.

10 October 2014 | Minutes

IFI governance

Background

Matching money and expertise: ensuring conflict sensitivity is top of the agenda for the bank's fragile state financing

Notes of a meeting on matching money and expertise at the World Bank-IMF annual meetings 2014

9 October 2014

Social services

News

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

Rights

Background

Update on WBG safeguard's review process

Sponsor: WBG (Safeguards Review Team) Panelists: Stefan Koeberle (Director, Operational Policies Country Services), Mark King…

12 April 2014 | Minutes

IFI governance

Background

World Bank Group strategy and reform process

Minutes from a World Bank sponsored event on the new World Bank Group strategy during the 2013 WB/IMF annual meetings.

13 October 2013 | Minutes

Finance

News

UK Multilateral Aid Review update reveals limited progress at the World Bank

The July 2013 Multilateral Aid Review reveals concerns regarding the International Development Association and the International Finance Corporation

3 October 2013

Infrastructure

Background

Civil society meeting with Stewart James, UK Alternate Executive Director to the World Bank

Minutes of CSO meeting with Stewart James, UK Alternate Executive Director to the World Bank, 15 July 2013

16 September 2013 | Minutes

Infrastructure

Background

Colombia case study: results measurement and poverty eradication

This session examined Colombia's private sector partnerships and poverty eradication programme.

23 April 2013 | Minutes
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