Notes from a meeting at the IMF/World Bank CSO Forum at the 2016 Spring meetings discussion the socio-economic impacts of the Syrian crisis, the outgoing flow of migration and the World Bank’s model on how to tackle these issues following its new report.
As the World Bank closed the third and final round of public consultations on its new draft social and environmental standards, further concerns have been raised about problematic and weak language.
A report by the UN independent expert on foreign debt, exploring inequality, financial crises and human rights, claims that IMF programmes are associated with a worsening of income distribution.
A UN special rapporteur, CSOs and donor countries have critiqued the lack of human rights in the World Bank's draft new environmental and social framework, as the consultation process has continued to be fraught with difficulty.
The World Bank Group released its new Gender Strategy for 2016-2023 in December.
World Bank support for a draft mining law in Haiti is criticised for lack of stakeholder engagement, as civil society fears that the plan will do little to protect local communities.
CAO finds complaints from Marikana community eligible for further assessment.
In mid-September the IMF concluded a consultation on its 2015 guidelines on the IMF staff engagement with civil society organisations.
The World Bank faced further criticism as it launched its third consultation phase on its proposed environmental and social framework.
Civil society continues to pressure IFC on disclosure of high risk subprojects, as it responds to a critical report detailing the human rights consequences of its investments.