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South Asia

Gender

Analysis

The IMF and Gender Equality: A Critical Analysis

The Bretton Woods Project has published a new briefing providing a critical analysis of the IMF's latest work on gender equality. The briefing questions the sustainability of the Fund's new approach to gender equality and reveals that the Fund's analysis so far is limited and inconsistent with the full achievement of women's economic empowerment.

23 June 2016 | Briefing

Infrastructure

Commentary

Powerless: a call for World Bank community engagement in Nepal

Following a longstanding conflict over a World Bank-funded power line in Nepal, communities call for a fair dispute resolution process and meaningful consultation.

5 April 2016 | Comment

Finance

Analysis

China goes global with development banks

This briefing examines the trajectory of China's evolving leadership in international development finance, including the impact of it's massive increase in development finance for developing countries.

5 April 2016 | At Issue

IFI governance

Analysis

IFC claims “absolute immunity” to avoid justice. But will it hold up in court?

This briefing provides an overview of the immunity of international organisations in US law, looking at a lawsuit brought against the IFC regarding the Tata Mundra coal power plant in India.

5 April 2016 | At Issue

IFI governance

Analysis

IMF governance: one step forward, one step back

Reform to the IMF’s voting shares shifts some power to emerging countries, but the institution’s leadership selection process remains opaque and undemocratic.

8 February 2016

Environment

Analysis

Pilot Program for Climate Resilience (PPCR)

The Pilot Program for Climate Resilience (PPCR) has expanded with ten countries despite a lack of funds. The US questioned the approval of a Bolivia project and resettlement issues were raised on two Cambodia projects.

4 November 2015

Environment

Analysis

Forest Investment Program (FIP)

Six new countries were invited to join the Forest Investment Program (FIP), with a further nine invited to develop investment plans, despite insufficient funds. Potential support for oil palm plantations in Democratic Republic of Congo and industrial logging in Indonesia and Peru were questioned.

4 November 2015

Environment

Analysis

Scaling Up Renewable Energy Program (SREP)

Concerns have been raised about the slow progress with the Scaling up Renewable Energy Program in Low Income Countries (SREP). Ghana, Haiti and Nicaragua's investment plans were approved, with questions asked about the loan/grant ratio, promotion of PPPs, and reliance on funding from the Green Climate Fund.

4 November 2015
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Other news

IFI governance

News

World Bank accountability mechanisms look to improve complainant protection

In response to increasing concern about the safety of human rights and environmental defenders, the World Bank’s accountability mechanisms look to improve complainant protection against retaliation and intimidation.

29 June 2016

Private Sector

News

New CAO Kamalanga report: five years of IFC non-compliance

CAO has released another report critical of IFC’s compliance with its own performance standards, highlighting lack of action and continued harm to affected communities.

10 February 2016

Finance

News

Nepal denied IMF disaster debt relief

The IMF in June denied Nepal support under its Catastrophe Containment and Relief Trust, following the earthquake in April.

28 September 2015

Land

News

NGOs denounce World Bank land conference

NGO coalition Our Land Our Business denounced the World Bank’s March conference on land and poverty, condemning the Bank’s role in land grabs.

6 July 2015

Land

News

Gujarat fishermen sue IFC over Tata Mundra

Fishing and farming communities from Gujarat, India, has filed a lawsuit against the International Financial Corporation.

6 July 2015

Gender

News

IEG calls on World Bank for more gender integration

Independent Evaluation Group highlights lack of gender integration in World Bank social safety net projects

3 February 2015

Social services

News

Nigeria water privatisation questioned

Civil society in Nigeria has criticised and called for disclosure of a water privatisation scheme in Lagos involving the World Bank.

2 February 2015

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
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