Does the World Bank Know the True Value of Safeguards?
The perceived high costs of World Bank safeguards are often touted as the motive for simplification of the policies. The evidence at the World Bank behind the claims of excessive safeguard costs is surprisingly flimsy. Photo: Ⓒ Joe Athialy
Persistent Decline in World Bank Lending Quality Leaves Results in Doubt
Over one third of Bank approved projects are not delivering effective development outcomes. President Kim's Corporate Strategy is designed to restore the World Bank's financial relevance, yet despite past efforts to deliver the highest quality results, accountability for ensuring higher value for money has faltered.
Photo: Julien Harnels CC BY-SA 2.0
World Bank Program-For-Results in Practice: A Case Study in Vietnam
BIC's case study of the World Bank's Rural Water Supply and Sanitation program in Vietnam highlights both the early promise and the peril of Results-based lending.
Civil Society Reacts to the World Bank Safeguards Draft
See our roundup of media coverage, press releases, civil society statements, letters to the World Bank and more.
Image: Weasel Words in the World Bank Safeguards Draft (Urgewald)
Press Release: World Bank Breaks its Promise Not to Weaken Protections for the Poor and Planet
Over widespread objections from civil society, the World Bank’s board of directors gave a green light to a weak new set of environmental and social safeguard policies.
Photo: Simone D. McCourtie / World Bank (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)
New Country Partnership Framework Page
Check out information about the World Bank’s new country engagement approach and how civil society can be involved
Civil Society Organizations Submit Recommendations on the World Bank Group’s New Country Engagement Approach
Recommendations focus on inclusive citizen engagement, analysis of risk and inequality, and criteria for successful results-based programming.
Photo: Simone D. McCourtie / World Bank CC BY-NC-ND
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social and economic justice and ecological sustainability.
A Resettlement Injustice in the Making in Kosovo
The World Bank seems eager to provide financial support to the Kosovar government for construction of a new coal-based power plant. But what about the people who are in the path of the expanded power plant and coal mine?…
World Bank’s Peru Consultation Ends Early With a Walkout
Like previous safeguard consultations, Lima was draped in a sense of secrecy with a total lack of transparency from the get go. The response of civil society groups in Lima to the draft safeguard policies presented by th…
Case Study on the Development of Safeguards for REDD+ Mexico
A new case study on the development of a national safeguard system for REDD+ in Mexico was just published by Bank of Information Center (BIC), the Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL), and Mexican Environmen…