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Comment||22 January 2013|update 84|
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...
News||6 December 2012|update 83|
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...
News||3 October 2012|update 82|
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...
News||2 October 2012|update 82|
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...
News||13 September 2012|
The challenge of maintaining growth amid a global slowdown has sparked fierce debates over Thailandís monetary policy. read article...
IFI re-engagement in Burma Challenges and opportunities
Minutes||3 August 2012|
Minutes of Burma and IFIs meeting, Washington DC, 18 April 2012 read article...
News||3 July 2012|update 81|
After high-level talks in May, Chinese vice premier Wang Qishan announced US support for the inclusion of the yuan in the currency basket for the IMF's special drawing rights, the international reserve assets issued by the Fund. While this supports Chinese plans to make the yuan an alternative reserve currency alongside the US dollar and the euro, IMF recommendations for China to speed up the move to convertibility and fully open its capital account have attracted domestic criticism. read article...
Comment||3 July 2012|update 81|
The IFC should terminate its support to MRL's Philippine mining venture for not following their guidelines, and more than that, for ignoring the Philippine law concerning indigenous peoples. read article...
Accountability squandered? World Bank should wait for justice in Cambodia
Comment||22 June 2012|update 81|
Despite a 2011 victory in Cambodia, where a mass eviction in the centre of Phnom Penh was halted and remaining affected families finally gained legal title to the land they had been wrongly denied under a World Bank project, recent arrests have put justice in jeopardy and led to calls for a continued lending freeze by the Bank. read article...
Minutes||19 April 2012|
Minutes of World Bank Social accountability plenary, Washington DC, 19 April 2012 read article...
Climate Investment Funds Monitor 7: April 2013 25 April 2013
Working paper: The private sector and climate change adaptation: International Finance Corporation investments under the Pilot Program for Climate Resilience 24 April 2013
The UK's role in the World Bank and IMF: Department for International Development and HM Treasury 13 March 2013
The World Bank and industrial policy: Hands off or hands on? 6 December 2012
Climate Investment Funds Monitor 6: October 2012 26 October 2012
'A useless sham' 23 December
NGO submission to Burma ISN consultation 9 October
Burma letter to World Bank 15 August
Indonesia FIP letters 6 April
Burma civil society letter to WB, IMF and ADB 21 February
Alternatives to debtors' prison 15 October