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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...

First ever real-terms drop in IDA agreed Replenishment negotiations focus on private sector, fragile states

News|Bretton Woods Project|18 September 2013|url

As the negotiations on the 17th replenishment of the World Bank's International Development Association (IDA) pass the half way mark, a real-terms drop in IDA and stingier terms for borrowers have been agreed. The discussion has focussed largely on the private sector and fragile states. read article...

Memorandum to the International Development Committee Inquiry on the Future of UK Development Cooperation

Briefing|Bretton Woods Project|26 June 2013|url

In written evidence submitted to the UK parliament's International Development Committee, we argue that further reform of the World Bank is needed. read article...

IFC financed 'land grabs' in Cambodia, Laos and Honduras exposed

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

While the World Bank's leadership is further embracing private equity funds, the IFC's investment in financial intermediaries is again hitting the headlines over allegations of 'land grabs' in South East Asia and lack of respect for indigenous people's rights in Honduras. read article...

IMF's labour pains

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

Two April IMF reports purport to present a new view on labour market policy, however, they have attracted heavy criticism from trade unions as inaccurate and flawed. read article...

IMF push for MENA subsidy reforms Who benefits?

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

The IMF signed a deal with Tunisia in June, after its renewed attempt to lend to Egypt failed in April, while civil society remained concerned about the legitimacy and transparency of the negotiations. read article...

World Bank "short-sighted and cross-eyed" on fossil fuels

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

As the World Bank released a new report on the impacts of climate change and is due to discuss its energy focus, it defended its engagement in fossil fuels, including the Kosovo coal power plant. read article...

A healthy step forward? World Bank outlines vision for healthcare

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

Bank president Jim Yong Kim has publicly prioritised universal health coverage and education however, critics worry about increased support for private companies to deliver these services. read article...

World Bank says "stars are aligned" for large infrastructure

News|Bretton Woods Project|26 June 2013|update 86|url
Illustration by Robin Heighway-Bury/Thorogood.net

The World Bank, in conjunction with the G20, is reinvigorating its infrastructure focus, paying particular attention to leveraging resources from the private sector and investing in fragile and conflict affected states. It announced a return to big hydropower projects, despite continued concerns about projects in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Guatemala and Uganda. read article...

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...

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