Infrastructure

Analysis

The rise of the infrastructure giants

20 June 2014

World Bank faces increased competition over large scale infrastructure in Asia, with the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank and the BRICS Bank.

Conditionality

Commentary

Conditionally yours

New analysis reveals the IMF’s increasing use of controversial conditions attached to loans.

20 June 2014 | At Issue

Infrastructure

Commentary

Tata Mundra: making a mockery of accountability

IFC criticised over Tata Mundra coal power plant in India, for ignoring recommendations from its accountability mechanism.

20 June 2014 | Comment

Environment

Analysis

World Bank forests projects under fire

World Bank continues to strongly back REDD+ forest projects, which have been criticised for not consulting indigenous peoples or respecting land rights.

20 June 2014

Environment

News

World Bank funded mines threatening livelihoods

Civil society groups criticise IFC investments worth hundreds of millions of dollars in mining projects in Guinea, Mongolia and Armenia for potential negative social and environment impact.

20 June 2014

Social services

Commentary

Reproductive health: What’s the Bank's score?

The Bank has produced mixed results on reproductive health; it is imperative that as the post 2015 agenda is set, it maintains the funding and political profile of this hugely impactful public health issue.

20 June 2014 | Guest analysis

Conditionality

Analysis

IMF: Ukraine's "tough programme"; Egypt next?

The IMF’s provision of an exceptional access loan to Ukraine was presented as vital economic support, but many commentators fear that this loan is driven as much by political as economic necessity. Despite emphasising increased sensitivity to country circumstances, Fund policy recommendations in Egypt are very similar to its prescriptions for Ukraine.

20 June 2014

Knowledge

News

Business as usual: World Bank rejects Doing Business reforms

World Bank publishes minor changes to its Doing Business report, addressing only one of the criticisms of an independent panel review while activists continue to highlight the damage done by the rankings.

20 June 2014

Finance

News

Ghana under pressure: IMF loan feared

Fierce debate in Ghana over whether to turn to the IMF for support, as its economic growth and debt profile come under pressure. IMF warns on risks to Ghana’s “transformation agenda” and whole region’s debt levels and growth

20 June 2014

Private Sector

Analysis

IFC: Learning lessons or institutional amnesia?

In response to the IFC’s shaming over its involvement with Dinant corporation in Honduras, the institution produced a “lessons learned” document. However, it has been rejected by campaigners, who are demanding more fundamental reform.

20 June 2014

Private Sector

News

Big banks & IMF: No structural reform

The IMF rings more warnings about the costs of having an oversized financial sector, but fails to recommend stronger controls on the banking sector.

20 June 2014

IFI governance

Background

IMF publications

Every year the IMF produces numerous publications, however, there is ambiguity concerning the extent Fund documents are representative of the IMF’s institutional views or dictate how the IMF is supposed to execute policy.

20 June 2014 | Inside the institutions