World Bank client backs out of EACOP after risk assessment


Britam Holdings, a leading East African insurance group and client of the World Bank’s International Finance Corporation (IFC), has decided not to participate in underwriting the planned East African Crude Oil Pipeline (EACOP) after conducting a review of the environmental and social risks involved. This is a major blow to project developers, including TotalEnergies and […]

Watchdog Slams World Bank Group for Helping Bankroll Philippines Coal Boom

MANILA, Philippines – The World Bank Group’s private lending arm, the International Finance Corporation (IFC), violated its own environmental and social protection policies  as it helped bankroll a disastrous coal boom in the Philippines, according to an independent investigation made public today. In its report, the IFC’s internal watchdog, the Compliance Advisor Ombudsman (CAO), calls […]

Pengawas Bank Dunia akan meninjau proyek tambang Dairi Prima Mineral yang berisiko di Sumatra Utara

(Medan, Indonesia) Kantor akuntabilitas independen International Finance Corporation (IFC), yang merupakan anggota Grup Bank Dunia, akan menilai kepatuhan bank terhadap kebijakan lingkungan dan sosialnya sehubungan dengan keterkaitannya dengan proyek pertambangan kontroversial di Sumatra Utara, Indonesia, menurut laporan  terbaru dari Penasihat Kepatuhan Ombudsman. Tambang seng dan timah usulan Dairi Prima Mineral, yang terletak di salah satu […]

World Bank watchdog to review risky Dairi Prima Mineral mine project in North Sumatra

(Medan, Indonesia) The independent accountability office of the International Finance Corporation (IFC), a World Bank Group member, will assess the bank’s compliance with its environmental and social policies in connection with its ties to a controversial mining project in North Sumatra, Indonesia, according to a new report from the Compliance Advisor Ombudsman. The proposed Dairi […]

New Guide For Making Accountability Mechanisms More Effective

The Good Policy Paper: Guiding Practice from the Policies of Independent Accountability Mechanisms, published today, is a roadmap for financial institutions setting up new independent accountability mechanisms (IAMs), as well as a tool for existing IAMs to evaluate the effectiveness of their current policies. The Good Policy Paper examines the policy provisions currently in place […]

Over 200 civil society groups call for suspension of IFI loans to Myanmar following military coup

Inclusive Development International joined over 200 civil society organizations from Myanmar and globally in urging international financial institutions like the World Bank, International Finance Corporation and Asian Development Bank to immediately freeze loans and other financial assistance to Myanmar in light of the recent military coup.   The statement calls on the international financial institutions […]

Bowing to public pressure, Rizal becomes first bank in Philippines to exit coal

No Coal

Rizal Commercial Banking Corporation (RCBC) made the announcement after years of pressure from climate activists in the Philippines and  an investigation of the bank’s practices by one of its most prominent shareholders, the World Bank Group’s International Finance Corporation. “[N]o more coal. I’ll say that slowly: no more coal,” said the bank’s president and CEO, Eugene Acevedo, at […]

Open letter to World Bank President Malpass on selection of the next CAO Vice President

Dear President Malpass,  We, the undersigned organizations, write with regards to the selection of the next Compliance Advisor Ombudsman (CAO) Vice President.  As civil society organizations working to support people affected by IFC and MIGA projects around the world, we appreciate your commitment to ensure that the CAO is a robust, responsive and independent accountability […]

Saying no to coal: IFC’s new Green Equity Approach unveiled

No Coal

The World Bank’s private lending arm has unveiled its new approach to greening equity investments in financial institutions.  The International Finance Corporation (IFC) says it will end equity investments in financial institutions that do not have a plan to phase out investments in coal-related activities.  The “30 by 30 Zero Program” aims to help the banking […]