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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.

29 June 2016

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Background

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.

18 April 2016 | Minutes

Environment

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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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Commentary

Lessons from Kenya: Why the World Bank must apply the Indigenous Peoples Policy consistently

The World Bank’s support for a Kenya electricity programme is criticised for failing to comply with its Indigenous Peoples Policy, with implications for the Bank's future lending and the safeguards review.

29 June 2016 | Comment

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News

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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News

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

Rights

Background

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.

15 April 2016 | Minutes

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Background

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.

13 April 2016 | Minutes

Rights

News

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.

5 April 2016

Rights

News

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