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Eurodad response to selection of David Malpass as the new president of the World Bank Group

On Friday 5 April, David Malpass was selected as the new president of the World Bank Group. Mr. Malpass was the only candidate for the post, after having been nominated by US President Donald Trump. Commenting on the selection, Maria José Romero, Policy and Advocacy Manager at the European Network on Debt and Development (Eurodad), said: “It is a missed opportunity that the selection process wasn’t competitive nor transparent. On the contrary, since the World Bank’s founding, ...

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Opinion: It's time to challenge the status quo in picking the World Bank president

Maria Romero

27 Feb 2019 16:02:44

At a time when the legitimacy of the World Bank as a development institution is at stake, countries from around the world are in the process of recruiting the new president of the institution. Any member of the World Bank can put forward a candidate. But since its founding, there has been a gentlemen’s agreement where the United States and its European allies work behind closed doors to ensure a U.S. citizen leads the World Bank, in exchange for the European leadership of the International Monetary Fund. The White House put forward David Malpass — a long-time critic of multilateralism — as its nominee for the institution’s next president, while Lebanon just put a new name on the table, Ziad Hayek, the only known challenger so far to Trump’s nominee. Challenge a failed model The leadership ...

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Strong safeguards are needed when investing public money via private financial intermediaries

Martin Atkin

25 Jan 2018 14:38:46

You wouldn’t just hand your money over to someone else to invest without asking them what they were going to do with it, would you? If you were a public body, at the very least you’d want to make sure it wasn’t used in a way that damaged the environment or undermined human rights. Increasingly, however, there are concerns that development finance institutions (DFIs - government-backed institutions that invest in private sector projects in developing countries) - are lending money to private sector financial intermediaries (FIs) to invest in infrastructure projects in developing countries - without ensuring that proper environmental and social safeguards are in place. These intermediaries - private commercial banks, private equity funds and infrastructure funds - are essentially go-betweens ...

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Economic reform must not be an excuse for undermining human rights

Mark Perera

31 Jul 2017 16:37:51

Earlier this year, the UN Human Rights Council asked the Independent Expert on debt and human rights to develop guiding principles on human rights impact assessments (HRIAs) for economic reform policies. These principles will aim to provide states and international financial institutions, in particular, with guidance on how to identify the harmful impacts of structural adjustment and austerity measures. Equipped with the findings from HRIAs, decision-makers should take action to prioritise their obligations under international law and safeguard human rights. Now Eurodad has written to the Independent Expert setting out its views on what the key elements of these HRIAs should be, in order to guarantee they put the needs of citizens at the forefront of relevant economic decision-making. Looming ...
Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) are not transparent enough, and face criticism from civil society organisations (CSOs) and others for being too expensive, and a risky use of taxpayers’ money. On Monday (29 February) more than 50 CSOs have written ...
In a submission this week, Eurodad together with more than 50 members and partners from the North and South commented on the draft framework suggested by the World Bank Group on disclosure in public-private partnerships (PPPs).  Read the full submission ...
Ahead of the European Investment Bank's (EIB) annual consultation with civil society organisations (CSOs) on 2nd February, Eurodad and partners Counter Balance and CEE Bankwatch have sent a briefing to the EIB directors regarding the bank's priorities ...

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A major political move: the BRICS launch the New Development Bank and a reserve arrangement

Maria Romero

18 Jul 2014 17:07:19

By María José Romero (Eurodad) & Sargon Nissan (Bretton Woods Project) The city of Fortaleza on the north-east coast of Brazil was the selected place for a major political move by Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa – the so called BRICS nations - in mid July. After the 2013 fifth BRICS’s summit held in Durban, South Africa, expectations were raised for the launch of a new development bank and a reserve arrangement as alternatives to challenge the power of traditional international financial institutions dominated by northern rich countries, primarily the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF).  How new is the New Development Bank? The bank created by the five members of the BRICS is called the New Development Bank (NDB). It is set to finance “infrastructure ...