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Bridge International Academy in the Nairobi slum of Mukuru kwa Njenga. Photo credit: Frederic Courbet for NPR

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IFC pushed private education investment model criticised by UN

Two UN committees and a special rapporteur have questioned development aid funding going to private education, including through IFC supported Bridge International Academies.

29 June 2016

Infrastructure

Background

Issue overview: World Bank and energy

What’s the issue? Energy is a crucial economic sector which has a disproportionate influence on…

26 August 2015 | Issue overview

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Palliative treatment? IFIs follow up on Ebola

The World Bank and IMF have announced new facilities to support countries hit by public health disasters.

31 March 2015

Social services

Analysis

Health care for the few: the IFC’s Health in Africa initiative

New research reveals that Bank’s private sector arm, the IFC's Heath in Africa initiative is benefitting wealthy elites not the poorest.

3 February 2015 | Guest analysis

Finance

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Debt relief for Ebola-affected states delayed

IMF debt relief plan to Ebola-affected states overdue after G20, US, Guinean president, as well as CSOs, call for urgent support and debt forgiveness.

2 February 2015

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Will the World Bank deliver? New fund for maternal and child health launched

A newly launched World Bank-hosted fund provides cash injection to maternal and child health services. However, questions remain about how the funds will be raised and the implications for other Bank health programmes

12 November 2014

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A poor diagnosis: the World Bank’s health record

World Bank health financing benefits wealthy elites not poorest according to new IEG evaluation and Oxfam analysis

29 September 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

Other news

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News

29 June 2016

US Congresswoman criticises World Bank investments in water privatisation

A US Congresswoman has called for an end to the World Bank’s investments in water privatisation until a robust evaluation has taken place.

Social services

Background

15 April 2016 | Minutes

What standards for Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs)? Analysing the role of the World Bank Group

Notes from a meeting at the IMF/World Bank CSO Forum at the 2016 spring meetings on the role of the World Bank as standard setters for public-private partnerships.

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7 July 2015

World Bank’s “wakeup call” on universal health

New World Bank report shows lack of access to basic health services has pushed six per cent of the global population into poverty, as the IFC continues to support private health providers.

IFI governance

Background

17 April 2015 | Minutes

Ebola debt relief – Implications and next steps

Notes from a meeting on Ebola during the World Bank spring meetings.

IFI governance

Background

16 March 2015 | Minutes

UK civil society meeting with UK World Bank Executive Director Gwen Hines

Notes of a meeting with UK World Bank Executive Director Gwen Hines 25 February 2015.

Social services

News

2 February 2015

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.

IFI governance

Background

10 October 2014 | Minutes

UK civil society meeting with UK World Bank Executive Director Gwen Hines

Notes of a meeting with World Bank executive director Gwen Hines in October 2014.

Social services

News

29 September 2014

World Bank: education is a "private good"

A World Bank blog about the benefits of private schooling has been contravened by a UN committee and heavily criticised by civil society