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World Bank’s new Forest Action Plan questioned

The World Bank has released its Forest Action Plan, but civil society raised concerns, including regarding lack of impact in light of the outcomes of the safeguards review and the links to the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility.

29 June 2016

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Renewed warnings over World Bank safeguards “dilution”

Further concerns have been raised over dilutions of the World Bank’s proposed new safeguards framework, as controversy arose over a Bank waiver of the indigenous peoples policy for a Tanzania project.

29 June 2016

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UN independent expert: "IMF programmes worsen income distribution"

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.

5 April 2016

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World Bank safeguards review: “human rights-free zone”

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.

10 February 2016

Gender

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World Bank releases new gender strategy

The World Bank Group released its new Gender Strategy for 2016-2023 in December.

9 February 2016

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Conflicting views on direction of World Bank's safeguards review

The World Bank faced further criticism as it launched its third consultation phase on its proposed environmental and social framework.

28 September 2015

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Risky business: IFC reluctant to disclose information on high-risk subprojects

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.

8 July 2015

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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

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29 June 2016

Calls for the World Bank to suspend funding to Honduras amid continued human rights concerns

Civil society responds to World Bank president Jim Yong Kim statement on human rights abuses and displacement by calls for the World Bank to suspend funding to Honduras amid continued human rights concerns.

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18 April 2016 | Minutes

Inspection Panel – emerging lessons from involuntary resettlement

Notes from a meeting at the IMF/World Bank 2016 spring meetings launching the first report in the Inspection Panel's new series on "emerging lessons", on involuntary resettlement.

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15 April 2016 | Minutes

Review and update of the World Bank’s environmental and social safeguard policies: Consultations report-out and accountability

Notes from a meeting at the IMF/World Bank CSO Forum at the 2016 spring meetings, reporting back on the World Bank's safeguards review.

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13 April 2016 | Minutes

IFI Development Policy Operations: How environmental and social standards apply

Notes from a meeting at the IMF/World Bank CSO Forum at the 2016 spring meetings, exploring possibilities for strengthening the management of social and environmental risk in policy lending.

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5 April 2016

World Bank’s proposed standards “gravely weaken” investment safeguards

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.

Infrastructure

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8 February 2016

Report calls on the World Bank not to invest in Kosovo power plant

A report has cast further doubts on the viability and efficiency of the proposed lignite coal power plant in Kosovo which the World Bank is considering supporting.

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8 February 2016

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.

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20 November 2015 | Minutes

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.