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Alto Maipo endangers Santiago water supply Call for IFC to reject funding

Comment|Marcela Mella Ortiz|24 September 2013|url
Alto Maipo endangers Santiago water supply

Chilean civil society groups demand that a controversial hydroelectric project, which is projected to have a negative impact on environment and Santiago's supply of drinking water, be reconsidered. read article...

Fund censures Argentina over inflation figures

News|Bretton Woods Project|12 February 2013|update 84|url

The executive board of the IMF met in early February to assess Argentina's progress in addressing the quality of its statistical data on inflation and GDP. read article...

IMF names investment banker as Western Hemisphere department head

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

Former Mexican deputy finance minister Alejandro Werner is to head the IMF's Western Hemisphere department overseeing Latin America. read article...

IFC failed to act on "forced evictions"?

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

In August, the Compliance Advisor/Ombudsman (CAO), the accountability mechanism of the International Finance Corporation (IFC, the World Bank's private sector arm), launched an audit into its $30 million investment in palm oil and food company Corporación Dinant in Honduras. read article...

No IFC audit despite new Peru oil spill

News|Bretton Woods Project|3 July 2012|update 81|url

In May, the Compliance Advisor/Ombudsman (CAO), the accountability mechanism of the International Finance Corporation (IFC, the Bank's private sector arm), closed the Maple Energy case, despite a new oil spill in April. read article...

IMF and debt hold Jamaica back

News|Bretton Woods Project|3 July 2012|update 81|url

A report published in May by the US-based Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR) found that an overwhelming debt burden and conditions on IMF loans are hindering Jamaica's economic recovery. read article...

Venezuela disputes IMF growth predictions

News|Bretton Woods Project|29 November 2010|update 73|url

Venezuela's Central Bank said in November that the country should begin to pull out of recession with 2 per cent growth predicted for 2011, four times more than the IMF suggested. read article...

Experts' concern over investment treaties

News|Bretton Woods Project|29 November 2010|update 73|url

A group of more than 35 leading academic experts in investment law have to express concerns over the social impact of investor protection priority in target countries. read article...

Argentina wins Paris Club talks without IMF

News|Bretton Woods Project|29 November 2010|update 73|url

In mid November, Argentina got the green light from rich countries, grouped together in the so-called Paris Club, to negotiate repayment of about $7.5 billion in defaulted debt without IMF oversight. read article...

Jamaica: IMF halts school construction

News|Bretton Woods Project|30 September 2010|update 72|url

Newspaper Jamaica Gleaner reported in early September that the country’s IMF programme has slowed the building of new schools. read article...

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