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World Bank moves on 'land grabs'

News|Bretton Woods Project|26 June 2013|update 86|url

In April World Bank president Jim Yong Kim said that the Bank shares the concerns "about the risks associated with large-scale land acquisitions" and that "additional efforts must be made to build capacity and safeguards related to land rights". read article...

Indrawati under investigation over Indonesian banking scandal

News|Bretton Woods Project|26 June 2013|update 86|url

In early May, World Bank managing director Sri Mulyani Indrawati answered questions from the Indonesian Corruption Eradication Commission in relation to a 6.7 trillion rupiah ($675 million) 2008 bailout of Bank Century. read article...

World Bank: greening an airport near you

Humour|Bretton Woods Project|26 June 2013|update 86|url

Just a month before releasing a new report on climate change and the need to "turn down the heat" (see Update 86), the Bank agreed a $50 million loan to the Chinese prefecture of Shangrao, located in the northeast of China's Jiangxi province, to build a new airport. read article...

Thai CSOs walk out of FCPF process

News|Bretton Woods Project|26 June 2013|update 86|url

In mid April four independent advisers to the UN urged that all of the World Bank's activities should be included in the Bank's safeguards review to ensure consistency with international human rights standards. read article...

Hastily introduced World Bank projects threaten to undermine peace process in Burma

Comment|Khin Ohmar|22 January 2013|update 84|url

In late 2012 the World Bank announced its first lending to Burma in over 20 years. The concern among many grassroots activists, however, is that the areas to which this money will be funnelled are still in the earliest stages of the peace process, and that huge influxes of money will undermine efforts for sustainable peace. read article...

Bangladesh to raise VAT under IMF pressure

News|Bretton Woods Project|6 December 2012|update 83|url

The Bangladeshi government is being pressured by the IMF's Asia and Pacific department officials to implement its recommendations, including raising the VAT rate, despite opposition from local civil society organizations. read article...

Chinese investment banker takes post as head of IFC

News|Bretton Woods Project|3 October 2012|update 82|url

Chinese national Jin-Yong Cai will become the International Finance Corporation's (IFC, the World Bank's private sector arm) executive vice president and chief executive officer, it was announced in August. read article...

World Bank returns to Burma amid criticism

News|Bretton Woods Project|2 October 2012|update 82|url

After leaving over suspended debt repayment in the late 1980s, the Bank officially returned to Burma, also known as Myanmar, in early August. read article...

IMF steps into debate over monetary policy, independence at Bank of Thailand

News|Bretton Woods Project|13 September 2012|url

The challenge of maintaining growth amid a global slowdown has sparked fierce debates over Thailand's monetary policy. read article...

IFI re-engagement in Burma Challenges and opportunities

Minutes|Bretton Woods Project|3 August 2012|url

Minutes of Burma and IFIs meeting, Washington DC, 18 April 2012 read article...

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