Labour

Rights

News

Renewed calls for World Bank to suspend funding for Uzbekistan

Civil society organisations have renewed their calls for the World Bank to suspend funding to Uzbekistan, due to continued concerns about forced and child labour in the cotton harvest.

8 February 2016

Rights

Background

UK civil society meeting with Minister of State Desmond Swayne

Notes from a meeting on 7 September 2015 between the Minister of State of the UK Department for International Development (DFID) and civil society representatives, focusing on the World Bank's safeguards review.

20 November 2015 | Minutes

Conditionality

Analysis

IMF policy in the MENA region: Lessons unlearnt

New report reveals IMF policy in the MENA region has remained unchanged after the 2011 Arab uprising, despite its rhetoric for change towards inclusive growth.

18 December 2015 | Report

Rights

Analysis

The IMF’s chameleon-policies on unions are changing colours

New IMF research has shown the positive impact of trade unions have on reducing income inequality, however, the Fund's own European austerity programmes indicate that the IMF ignores its own evidence.

6 July 2015 | Guest analysis

Gender

News

Women’s work: IFIs focus on gender inequalities

New IMF report highlights the impact of legal barriers on women’s employment, as World Bank’s message on gender equality is undermined by the absence of a gender safeguard.

31 March 2015

Rights

News

Draft World Bank safeguards “a step backwards”

Further concerns have been raised on the new draft World Bank safeguards framework, as the second phase of the consultation reaches mid-point.

29 September 2014

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

Land

News

Call on World Bank to stop Uzbekistan loans

The World Bank has been called on to postpone two proposed loans to the agricultural sector in Uzbekistan, given the risks of forced and child labour.

29 September 2014

Rights

News

Consultation launched on new draft World Bank safeguards

The World Bank has released a first draft of its new safeguards framework for consultation, despite concerns from civil society organisations and indigenous peoples groups.

4 August 2014

Conditionality

News

World Bank criticised for rejecting Doing Business reform

In response to the World Bank’s rejection of significant reform to its revised Doing Business Report methodology, civil society organisations wrote a letter in July to Bank president Jim Yong Kim.

22 July 2014