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BIC is a resource for government employees, IFI staff, the media, students, and the general public.

BIC is a resource for government employees, IFI staff, the media, students, and the general public.

09/02/2021
Careers | Bank Information Center

BIC is hiring! We are seeking a Social Inclusion Senior Program Associate to support BIC's MDB project monitoring and advocacy work. Apply by September 17, 2021.

For more information on the position and how to apply, view the job posting here 🔽
https://bankinformationcenter.org/en-us/careers

Work with the BIC. BIC is an equal opportunity employer, and encourages all qualified candidates to apply, regardless of race, gender, age, national origin, or sexual orientation.

09/01/2021
Careers | Bank Information Center

BIC is hiring! We are seeking a temporary research consultant for research on WBG and IDB promotion of internal combustion engines in ground transport.

Pay: $75-$125 per hour DOE

Apply by: Sept. 15th

Please view the job posting here for more info on position and how to apply👇
https://bankinformationcenter.org/en-us/careers/

Work with the BIC. BIC is an equal opportunity employer, and encourages all qualified candidates to apply, regardless of race, gender, age, national origin, or sexual orientation.

On September 2 from 2PM-3:30PM UTC, BIC is holding a virtual workshop on child rights advocacy in World Bank and African...
08/23/2021

On September 2 from 2PM-3:30PM UTC, BIC is holding a virtual workshop on child rights advocacy in World Bank and African Development Bank projects for West African CSOs. Hear from panelists Joy for Children and Le Monde des Enfants Guinea on their experiences monitoring World Bank projects and working with project-affected communities. The event will be held in English with simultaneous French translation.

Register here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1kEIK2mdmX_gfHZwl8RYwFpiEVJb8Gb8gegiXaCnYGYo/viewform?edit_requested=true

On September 2 from 2PM-3:30PM UTC, BIC is holding a virtual workshop on child rights advocacy in World Bank and African Development Bank projects for West African CSOs. Hear from panelists Joy for Children and Le Monde des Enfants Guinea on their experiences monitoring World Bank projects and working with project-affected communities. The event will be held in English with simultaneous French translation.

Register here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1kEIK2mdmX_gfHZwl8RYwFpiEVJb8Gb8gegiXaCnYGYo/viewform?edit_requested=true

The World Bank’s last public energy strategy was its 2013 Energy Directions Paper, which pledged to transform the energy...
08/19/2021
World Bank Energy Directions: Has the Bank fulfilled its commitments? What needs to change? | Bank Information Center

The World Bank’s last public energy strategy was its 2013 Energy Directions Paper, which pledged to transform the energy sector in client countries. Comparing the Bank’s energy sector portfolio from before (FY2010-13) and after (FY2014-17) the energy strategy’s publication, BIC found the Bank has not successfully fulfilled its energy pledges. A new energy sector strategy would enable the Bank to address its shortcomings and align its energy portfolio with its climate commitments.

https://bankinformationcenter.org/en-us/update/world-bank-energy-directions-has-the-bank-fulfilled1/

The World Bank’s last public energy strategy was its 2013 Energy Directions Paper, which pledged to transform the energy sector in client countries. Comparing the Bank’s energy sector portfolio from before (FY2010-13) and after (FY2014-17) the energy strategy’s publication, BIC found the Bank ...

BIC, Accountability Counsel, the Center for International Environmental Law, and Fundeps Argentina provided the Banco In...
08/17/2021
How can the IDB and MICI effectively address the findings of OVE’s report? | Bank Information Center

BIC, Accountability Counsel, the Center for International Environmental Law, and Fundeps Argentina provided the Banco Interamericano de Desarrollo (IDB) with recommendations on how to effectively implement the Office of Evaluations and Oversight’s (OVE) Evaluation of the Independent Consultation and Investigation Mechanism (MICI). The IDB must strengthen MICI’s independence, capacity, and corrective action practices to enhance the mechanism’s legitimacy and ability to provide remedy to project-affected communities.

Find out more here:
https://bankinformationcenter.org/en-us/update/how-can-the-idb-and-mici-effectively-address-the-findings/

BIC, Accountability Counsel, and several other partners provided the IDB with recommendations on how to effectively implement the Office of Evaluations and Oversight’s (OVE) Evaluation of the Independent Consultation and Investigation Mechanism (MICI). The IDB must strengthen MICI’s independence...

As the Asian Development Bank undertakes a review of its current energy policy, the institution has the opportunity to e...
08/10/2021
How can the ADB Energy Policy update help people and the climate? | Bank Information Center

As the Asian Development Bank undertakes a review of its current energy policy, the institution has the opportunity to equitably expand energy access and become a climate leader. To do so, the ADB should integrate robust stakeholder engagement practices, actionable plans for Paris Alignment, and a just energy transition within the 2021 Energy Policy.

Learn more about our recommendations here: https://bankinformationcenter.org/en-us/update/adb-energy-policy-update-help-people-and

As the ADB undertakes a review of its current energy policy, the institution has the opportunity to equitably expand energy access and become a climate leader. To do so, the ADB should integrate robust stakeholder engagement practices and actionable plans for Paris Alignment and a just energy transi...

Last week BIC, Amazon Watch, and Coica Amazonía held a congressional briefing on the Inter-American Development Bank's (...
08/06/2021
BIC and partners brief Congress on the IDB’s Amazon Initiative | Bank Information Center

Last week BIC, Amazon Watch, and Coica Amazonía held a congressional briefing on the Inter-American Development Bank's (IDB) Amazon Initiative. Civil society and representatives of Indigenous Peoples shared concerns regarding the initiative. We urge the US Government to use its leverage and push the IDB to prioritize Indigenous land titling and meaningfully engage with forest peoples.

https://bankinformationcenter.org/en-us/update/bic-and-partners-brief-congress-on-the-idb

BIC, Amazon Watch, and COICA held a congressional briefing on the Inter-American Development Bank’s (IDB) Amazon Initiative. Civil society and representatives of Indigenous Peoples shared concerns regarding the initiative. We urge the US Government to use its leverage and push the IDB to prioritiz...

07/28/2021
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As the African Development Bank Group (AfDB) undertakes a review of its Integrated Safeguards System (ISS), AfDB can promote transparency and accountability by publicly disclosing information throughout the review process. To develop an effective and robust ISS that protects the environment and people from the potentially adverse impacts of AfDB projects, the AfDB should prioritize meaningful and inclusive consultations with project affected communities and civil society.

https://bankinformationcenter.org/en-us/update/how-can-the-afdb-promote-transparency-and-inclusion/

Please join us on July 22 from 3PM-4:30PM UTC for a virtual workshop on entry points for health focused civil society or...
07/14/2021

Please join us on July 22 from 3PM-4:30PM UTC for a virtual workshop on entry points for health focused civil society organizations interested in World Bank-funded projects in West Africa. The event will feature exciting case studies from the OSPG and Public Health Initiative Liberia on strategies used to engage with the Bank and positive changes to the projects resulting from their engagement.

Register here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1EyNBallACtekUqhCRHtHzEloYTFBaQkQ-lSFwJ0adb4/viewform?edit_requested=true

Please join us on July 22 from 3PM-4:30PM UTC for a virtual workshop on entry points for health focused civil society organizations interested in World Bank-funded projects in West Africa. The event will feature exciting case studies from the OSPG and Public Health Initiative Liberia on strategies used to engage with the Bank and positive changes to the projects resulting from their engagement.

Register here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1EyNBallACtekUqhCRHtHzEloYTFBaQkQ-lSFwJ0adb4/viewform?edit_requested=true

BIC’s recent engagement with the World Bank during the initial stage of the Tanzania Productive Social Safety Nets II pr...
07/07/2021
How can the World Bank learn lessons from a Tanzanian social protection project to improve stakeholder engagement with and for children? | Bank Information Center

BIC’s recent engagement with the World Bank during the initial stage of the Tanzania Productive Social Safety Nets II project can serve as a promising example of engaging children and provide valuable lessons if the Bank follows through with its commitments.

Learn more about our interaction with the Bank here: https://bankinformationcenter.org/en-us/update/how-can-the-world-bank-learn-lessons-from-a-tanzanian/

BIC’s recent engagement with the World Bank during the initial stage of the Tanzania Productive Social Safety Nets II project can serve as a promising example and provide valuable lessons if the Bank follows through with its commitments.

BIC and our partner, Afrewatch, monitored the IFC’s investment in the Kipoi copper mine in the DRC. We found that the IF...
07/01/2021
How were communities affected by the IFC’s decision to divest from the Kipoi copper mine? | Bank Information Center

BIC and our partner, Afrewatch, monitored the IFC’s investment in the Kipoi copper mine in the DRC. We found that the IFC - International Finance Corporation failed to enforce its Performance Standards or achieve its stated development impacts, resulting in harm to communities and environment. Despite the IFC's divestment from the Kipoi mine, the IFC should act to redress the harm caused by the mine and learn lessons from this project to improve future mining investments.

Explore our findings and recommendations here: https://bankinformationcenter.org/en-us/update/how-were-communities-affected-by-the-ifcs-decision

BIC and our partner, Afrewatch, monitored the IFC’s investment in the Kipoi copper mine in the DRC. We found that the IFC failed to enforce its Performance Standards or achieve its stated development impacts, resulting in harm to communities and environment. Despite the IFC's divestment from the K...

The World Bank recognizes the importance of Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SOGI) inclusion within its Environme...
06/28/2021
How can lessons learned from disability inclusion inform SOGI inclusion in World Bank projects? | Bank Information Center

The World Bank recognizes the importance of Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SOGI) inclusion within its Environmental and Social Framework but must develop and execute a plan to advance SOGI inclusion in Bank-funded projects. Le***an, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning, and Intersex (LGBTQI) organizations can be a key resource to help the Bank and governments design inclusive projects, while lessons learned from civil society efforts to mainstream disability inclusion highlight the need for different accommodations for different marginalized groups.

Read more here: https://bankinformationcenter.org/en-us/update/sogi-inclusion-at-world-bank

The World Bank recognizes the importance of Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SOGI) inclusion within its Environmental and Social Framework but must develop and execute a plan to advance SOGI inclusion in Bank-funded projects. Le***an, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning, and Interse...

Persons with disabilities in Uganda face accessibility barriers preventing their access to suitable water, hygiene, and ...
06/23/2021
How can MDBs improve access to WASH for persons with disabilities in Uganda? | Bank Information Center

Persons with disabilities in Uganda face accessibility barriers preventing their access to suitable water, hygiene, and sanitation (WASH). MDBs can mainstream disability inclusion and make WASH initiatives disability friendly by meaningfully engaging persons with disabilities, considering the need for disability inclusive WASH services across projects, and including disability inclusion indicators in monitoring frameworks.

Learn more here:
https://bankinformationcenter.org/en-us/update/persons-with-disabilities-in-uganda-face-accessibility

Persons with disabilities in Uganda face accessibility barriers preventing their access to suitable water, hygiene, and sanitation (WASH). MDBs can mainstream disability inclusion and make WASH initiatives disability friendly by meaningfully engaging persons with disabilities, considering the need f...

An accelerated IDA20 replenishment is unprecedented and reflects the level of need and depth of the crises the world is ...
06/11/2021
What should the U.S. prioritize in IDA20 replenishment negotiations? | Bank Information Center

An accelerated IDA20 replenishment is unprecedented and reflects the level of need and depth of the crises the world is facing. As a historical champion for reform and progress at the World Bank and IDA, the U.S. should use its unique leadership position to advocate for more ambitious, inclusive, and green policy commitments from IDA during IDA20.

Read more here:
https://bankinformationcenter.org/en-us/update/what-should-the-u.s.-prioritize-in-ida20-replenishment

BIC encourages the U.S. to advocate for more ambitious, inclusive, and green policy commitments from IDA during the unprecedented twentieth replenishment negotiations.

Though the World Bank has yet to disclose a draft document of its forthcoming Climate Change Action Plan (CCAP) to civil...
05/25/2021
What is good, and what is missing, in the new World Bank Climate Change Action Plan? | Bank Information Center

Though the World Bank has yet to disclose a draft document of its forthcoming Climate Change Action Plan (CCAP) to civil society, a recently published slide deck on the CCAP has shed light on its core elements. BIC is concerned that despite the Bank’s increased climate financing and ambition, the plan leaves several key elements including fossil fuel funding, nature based solutions, and gender considerations, among others, unaddressed.

Learn more about our concerns here:

Though the World Bank has yet to disclose a draft document of its forthcoming Climate Change Action Plan (CCAP) to civil society, a recently published slide deck on the CCAP has shed light on its core elements. BIC is concerned that despite the Bank’s increased climate financing and ambition, the ...

Para ver nuestro evento "Quiénes Pagan los Costos del Desarrollo?" sin participar, click este link :https://www.facebook...
05/11/2021

Para ver nuestro evento "Quiénes Pagan los Costos del Desarrollo?" sin participar, click este link :https://www.facebook.com/BankInformationCenter/settings/?tab=video_crossposting&ref=vcp&partner_id=112909300529700

Este evento va a ocurrir Jueves, el 13 de Mayo, a las 9h-10:30h en Guatemala, con el foco de los impactos de proyectos hidroeléctricos financiados por BMDs.

Para ver nuestro evento "Quiénes Pagan los Costos del Desarrollo?" sin participar, click este link :https://www.facebook.com/BankInformationCenter/settings/?tab=video_crossposting&ref=vcp&partner_id=112909300529700

Este evento va a ocurrir Jueves, el 13 de Mayo, a las 9h-10:30h en Guatemala, con el foco de los impactos de proyectos hidroeléctricos financiados por BMDs.

The livestream for our upcoming event "Who Pays the Costs of Development" can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/Ba...
05/11/2021

The livestream for our upcoming event "Who Pays the Costs of Development" can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/BankInformationCenter/settings/?tab=video_crossposting&ref=vcp&partner_id=112909300529700

The event will take place from 9-10:30 AM Guatemala time on Thursday the 13th. Hope to see you there!

The livestream for our upcoming event "Who Pays the Costs of Development" can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/BankInformationCenter/settings/?tab=video_crossposting&ref=vcp&partner_id=112909300529700

The event will take place from 9-10:30 AM Guatemala time on Thursday the 13th. Hope to see you there!

Community engagement and safeguards are a tool to achieve lasting development gains, not an obstacle. Register for our u...
05/10/2021

Community engagement and safeguards are a tool to achieve lasting development gains, not an obstacle. Register for our upcoming event with JotayGuatemala and Plataforma Internacional contra la Impunidad to explore lessons learned from three MDB-funded hydroelectric projects in Guatemala.

Register here: https://forms.gle/2Wh5Z6N4t6NpWtkN8

Community engagement and safeguards are a tool to achieve lasting development gains, not an obstacle. Register for our upcoming event with JotayGuatemala and Plataforma Internacional contra la Impunidad to explore lessons learned from three MDB-funded hydroelectric projects in Guatemala.

Register here: https://forms.gle/2Wh5Z6N4t6NpWtkN8

ESTE JUEVES al 9h-10:30h de la mañana en Guatemala: nuestro evento "Quiénes pagan los costos del desarrollo" junto con J...
05/10/2021

ESTE JUEVES al 9h-10:30h de la mañana en Guatemala: nuestro evento "Quiénes pagan los costos del desarrollo" junto con JotayGuatemala y Plataforma Internacional contra la Impunidad sobre los impactos de proyectos hidroeléctricos financiado por BMDs

Inscribíte aquí: https://forms.gle/2Wh5Z6N4t6NpWtkN8

ESTE JUEVES al 9h-10:30h de la mañana en Guatemala: nuestro evento "Quiénes pagan los costos del desarrollo" junto con JotayGuatemala y Plataforma Internacional contra la Impunidad sobre los impactos de proyectos hidroeléctricos financiado por BMDs

Inscribíte aquí: https://forms.gle/2Wh5Z6N4t6NpWtkN8

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The International Financial Institutions (IFIs) include the World Bank, the regional development banks, and the International Monetary Fund (IMF). They are the largest source of development finance in the world, typically lending between US$30-$40 billion to low and middle-income countries each year. The IFIs, and in particular the World Bank, are a primary source of development knowledge, publishing research that frames the debate on development issues. Other donor institutions often take their lead from the World Bank and the IMF, thus amplifying the impact of those institutions’ lending approaches and decisions. IFI loans to finance investment projects and policy reforms in developing countries are intended to reduce poverty and encourage economic development. However, ill-conceived IFI loans have often caused widespread environmental and social damage including irreversible impacts on natural habitats, displaced communities, and indigenous peoples. IFI activities are often carried out without the informed participation of affected people, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and-in many cases-even the legislatures of the Banks’ borrowing countries. Moreover, despite some progress the IFIs still do not release comprehensive information in a timely manner during project design and implementation. Finally, as publicly financed institutions, the IFIs should be held accountable for the consequences of the funds they loan to developing countries.

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