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BIC program activities are largely determined by the needs and demands of civil society organizations in the Global South. While the political and institutional landscape in which BIC operates continues to change, the basic services and reform efforts that have characterized BIC’s mission and strategy remain critical. BIC pursues its mission through three major strategies: (i) information services

and capacity building; (ii) project and policy monitoring; and (iii) policy reform of the MDBs. These strategies require our persistent engagement with NGOs and grassroots social movements around the world to support their efforts to participate in and influence development decisions. For this reason, we have organized a large part of BIC’s program work by geographic regions, with staff dedicated to Asia, Africa, Latin America, Eastern Europe and Central Asia and the Middle East and North Africa.

12/20/2022

Happy Holidays!

We hope 2023 is a year that furthers development financing that is , considerate of , and sensitive to .

It's positive that  's Global   Framework respects the rights of Indigenous Peoples, and recognizes the contributions of...
12/19/2022

It's positive that 's Global Framework respects the rights of Indigenous Peoples, and recognizes the contributions of Indigenous and traditional territories towards the of land, freshwater, and oceans. But actively engaging Indigenous groups in this work will be key to its success. Moreover, less greenwashing is pertinent. BIC calls on institutions to adopt a No Go policy that prohibits any direct or indirect financing related to , extractive, industrial, environmentally, and/or socially harmful activities.
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Nature-based solutions offer the best way to achieve human well-being, tackle climate change and protect our living planet. Yet nature is in crisis, as we are losing species at a rate 1,000 times greater than at any other time in recorded human history, and one million species face extinction. In th...

Thank you to the   CSOs that joined us today for an online discussion around an upcoming toolkit on "How to Engage with ...
12/13/2022

Thank you to the CSOs that joined us today for an online discussion around an upcoming toolkit on "How to Engage with the World Bank around Child Rights."

UPDATE: As the World Bank moves toward developing its next   Strategy, Bank Information Center (BIC) encourages the Worl...
12/09/2022

UPDATE: As the World Bank moves toward developing its next Strategy, Bank Information Center (BIC) encourages the World Bank to implement each recommendation proposed by the IEG in its mid-term review of the 2016-2023 Gender Strategy. Efforts should focus on inclusion, addressing gender-based violence ( ) and s*xual exploitation and abuse (SEA/H), and disaggregating data by s*xual orientation, gender identity or expression, and s*x characteristics.

Going further, BIC has identified three areas that must be expanded on in future gender strategies.

https://bankinformationcenter.org/en-us/update/what-are-key-steps-the-world-bank-must-take-to-make/

UPDATE:  In the context of the 2022 "  against Gender-Based Violence," BIC urges the Special Rapporteur on the sale and ...
12/09/2022

UPDATE: In the context of the 2022 " against Gender-Based Violence," BIC urges the Special Rapporteur on the sale and s*xual exploitation of children to address the role of the World Bank Group and other Multilateral Development Banks in providing remedy to project-affected children.

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As it moves towards approval of an updated Integrated Safeguards System, the African Development Bank has an opportunity...
11/30/2022

As it moves towards approval of an updated Integrated Safeguards System, the African Development Bank has an opportunity to place its projects at the forefront of sustainable and meaningful development. BIC and civil society partner organizations hope to see the Board of Directors approve a policy that prioritizes the needs of marginalized groups, addresses climate change, and expands protections for workers and project stakeholders.

Read more: https://bankinformationcenter.org/en-us/update/what-does-civil-society-hope-to-see-in-the-afdbs-updated

Bank Information Center recognizes Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s contributions to accountability and sustainability at the Mult...
11/28/2022

Bank Information Center recognizes Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s contributions to accountability and sustainability at the Multilateral Development Banks.

Read our update: http://bit.ly/3UfBMRi

The IDB approved its Environmental and Social Policy Framework (ESPF) in December 2020, which became effective in Octobe...
11/28/2022

The IDB approved its Environmental and Social Policy Framework (ESPF) in December 2020, which became effective in October 2021 after the borrower guidelines were developed. While the ESPF is robust on paper, the main challenge ahead for the IDB is full and robust implementation. This update makes recommendations on what needs to happen at the IDB to fully implement the ESPF.

Read the update: http://bit.ly/3u3Gffz

Ilan Goldfajn has been elected as the new IDB president by the IDB's Board of Governors. BIC and civil society partners ...
11/28/2022

Ilan Goldfajn has been elected as the new IDB president by the IDB's Board of Governors. BIC and civil society partners shared some recommendations on what the new president should prioritize. We believe that Mr. Goldfajn has a unique opportunity to spearhead this shift to a healthier, more accountable, and more effective IDB, which is prepared to deliver on its commitments to enhance sustainable development throughout Latin America and the Caribbean region.

Read the update: http://bit.ly/3VuQt4N

BIC is hiring a new Policy Associate. We are looking for someone with significant Congressional experience and an intere...
11/16/2022

BIC is hiring a new Policy Associate. We are looking for someone with significant Congressional experience and an interest in International Financial Institutions (IFIs). We are looking for a self-motivated and organized individual with strong attention to detail and an ability to work across teams. The Policy Associate will coordinate activities of the IFI working group, which is composed of civil society engaging with Congress in order to leverage the United States as a shareholder of Multilateral Development Banks (MDBs).

In addition, this person will participate in and help organize other meetings with decisionmakers in the U.S. government and with MDB officials located in Washington.

To apply for this position:
https://www.idealist.org/en/nonprofit-job/80692b0fcb7b434f88c3b361496049fb-policy-associate-bank-information-center-washington

Bank Information Center is now hiring for the position of Policy Associate in Washington. Apply today.

10/13/2022

Join us TODAY at 4:30 PM for a panel discussion with Bank Information Center and TPO alliance focusing on protecting children in World Bank development Projects

Happening NowBIC, Care and Protection of Children - CPC Learning Network, and TPO Alliance will sponsor and take part in...
10/13/2022

Happening Now

BIC, Care and Protection of Children - CPC Learning Network, and TPO Alliance will sponsor and take part in a panel discussion that focuses on the experiences of civil society experts and the World Bank as they work to prevent the harm and exploitation of children in development projects.

Shrinking civic space: How can the World Bank respond?A new report from BIC, Oxfam, and ARC makes the case that in order...
10/11/2022

Shrinking civic space: How can the World Bank respond?

A new report from BIC, Oxfam, and ARC makes the case that in order to meet its commitments to meaningful engagement in places where civic space is restricted, the World Bank must better understand the environment for engagement through systematic analysis.

Read more at bit.ly/WBcivicspace

BIC is proud to be cosponsoring this discussion at the Civil Society Policy Forum during the World Bank’s Annual Meeting...
10/11/2022

BIC is proud to be cosponsoring this discussion at the Civil Society Policy Forum during the World Bank’s Annual Meetings. This dialogue can lead to a sustainable future and healthy global economy.

When: Thursday, October 13th at 8:30 AM

Live streaming link available below.

What is the role of multilateral development banks (MDBs) in the energy transition and the related expansion of critical minerals extraction?

Scaling-up electrification, electric mobility, and renewable energy are essential strategies to face the . Still, the expansion of critical minerals extraction, particularly in the , is raising significant , socio-economic and environmental concerns.

On Thursday, October 13, join partners and allies for this IMF & WB Annual Meetings Civil Society Policy Forum session at 8:30 AM (EDT) to discuss the implications for just and inclusive transitions in light of the role that the World Bank, the IMF and other MDBs are taking in promoting and financing the critical mineral sector as part of their climate-related interventions.

Live stream: https://www.worldbank.org/en/events/2022/06/16/civil-society-policy-forum-annual-meetings-

*Simultaneous Spanish interpretation will be available

Tomorrow join civil society experts, project-affected communities, and the IFC in a discussion about comprehensive exit ...
10/10/2022

Tomorrow join civil society experts, project-affected communities, and the IFC in a discussion about comprehensive exit frameworks! The session will begin at 2:30 P.M.

More information on joining even if you are not in the Washington D.C. region is available on the flyer.

Hope you can join!

10/05/2022
The World Bank can't follow its stated mission of eradicating poverty with leadership that doesn't accept the scientific...
09/22/2022

The World Bank can't follow its stated mission of eradicating poverty with leadership that doesn't accept the scientific consensus around climate change.

Carolina Juaneda joined Voces De Mujeres Guatemala to discuss  , what they are, the role that communities can have in de...
09/02/2022

Carolina Juaneda joined Voces De Mujeres Guatemala to discuss , what they are, the role that communities can have in defending territories, and how project-affected communities can influence these institutions.

Listen to the discussion here.

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How did the World Bank incorporate child protection service delivery in its COVID-19 social protection projects?COVID-19...
08/29/2022

How did the World Bank incorporate child protection service delivery in its COVID-19 social protection projects?

COVID-19 has increased the risk of harm to children while simultaneously disrupting the delivery of essential child protection services. The World Bank’s COVID-19 social protection projects are the Bank’s best avenue to improve child protection systems in crisis, but the Bank has not consistently integrated efforts to protect children within its social protection projects.
https://bankinformationcenter.org/en-us/update/how-did-the-world-bank-incorporate-child-protection

How will the World Bank Forests and Landscapes Framework Benefit People and the Planet?The World Bank presented its upda...
08/24/2022

How will the World Bank Forests and Landscapes Framework Benefit People and the Planet?

The World Bank presented its updated Forests and Landscapes Framework, or “ForLand,” to a broad cross section of civil society and Indigenous organization members in March this year. We welcome ForLand’s development as a more holistic, realistic, and impact-oriented plan than its predecessor, the 2016 Forest Action Plan (FAP). However it remains to be seen whether the Bank will sufficiently integrate ForLand into other Bank efforts and provide the resources needed to achieve ForLand’s objectives.
https://bankinformationcenter.org/en-us/update/how-will-the-world-bank-forests-and-landscapes-framework

08/12/2022

Bank Information Center advocates for the voices of youth to be taken into consideration and for their rights to be upheld in Multilateral Devlopment Bank projects.

On this , BIC calls on the World Bank and other International Financial Institutions to take young people's needs seriously and include them in meaningful consultations during project design and implementation.
Learn more at bankinformationcenter.org

08/09/2022

BIC advocates for the rights of Indigenous Peoples in development. We reiterate our call to the Inter-American Developme...
08/09/2022

BIC advocates for the rights of Indigenous Peoples in development.

We reiterate our call to the Inter-American Development Bank to utilize the Amazon Initiative as an opportunity to prioritize Indigenous Peoples as forest stewards, protect their collective land rights, and respect self-determination.

Learn more on how they can protect Indigenous People's rights by following this link:

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On March 31, the IDB’s Board of Directors approved the proposal to establish the Seed/Transitory Ordinary Capital Strategic Development Program for sustainable development in the Amazon. BIC encourages the IDB to work with Indigenous Peoples (IP) and Afrodescendants to strengthen the Amazon initia...

08/08/2022

BIC stands with our friend Sukhgerel Dugersuren and calls on the World Bank to make it clear to the Mongolian Gov that any arrest of those who speak out around MDB-financed development projects threatens their ability to receive funding.
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Tomorrow, at this year's Pan-Amazonian Social Forum (FOSPA), Carolina Juaneda will be one of the voices discussing The L...
07/28/2022

Tomorrow, at this year's Pan-Amazonian Social Forum (FOSPA), Carolina Juaneda will be one of the voices discussing The Leticia Pact and the Amazon Initiative of the . The panel will discuss its origins, challenges, and alternatives.

07/28/2022
Acompáñanos este jueves 14 de julio a la 1.30 pm (hora de Colombia) para discutir el rol de los brazos privados de los B...
07/11/2022

Acompáñanos este jueves 14 de julio a la 1.30 pm (hora de Colombia) para discutir el rol de los brazos privados de los Bancos Multilaterales de Desarrollo, en el acceso a remedio y la salida responsable.

Más información aqui👇
https://viiforegional.empresasyderechoshumanos.org/programa/

07/01/2022

Expediente Abierto y el Bank Information Center (BIC) organizaron los talleres de fortalecimiento y desarrollo de capacidades dirigido a más de treinta periodistas de Centroamérica, especialmente de Honduras y Nicaragua

06/16/2022

Inversiones del BID para la respuesta y recuperación al COVID-19 en Latinoamérica: ¿Riesgos y beneficios para quién?

“Be a bit of a game changer” was the call the World Bank made for itself during the 5th Global Conference on the Elimina...
06/13/2022

“Be a bit of a game changer” was the call the World Bank made for itself during the 5th Global Conference on the Elimination of Child Labor. But what does this mean in practice? We offer four key recommendations and opportunities for the Bank to turn rhetoric into reality by addressing the push-pull factors that lead to child labor and using its lending to catalyze systematic reform.

Read more here:
https://bankinformationcenter.org/en-us/update/how-can-the-world-bank-truly-be-a-game-changer-in-eradicating/

“Be a bit of a game changer” was the call the World Bank made for itself during the 5th Global Conference on the Elimination of Child Labor. But what does this mean in practice? We offer four key recommendations and opportunities for the Bank to turn rhetoric into reality by addressing the push-...

Amid a global debt crisis exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) continues to impos...
06/02/2022

Amid a global debt crisis exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) continues to impose extra fees on countries already in dire financial straits. Surcharges largely impact several middle-income countries, driving these countries further into debt and hindering their ability to invest in urgently needed health and social services. To support an equitable global recovery, the IMF should immediately eliminate surcharges.

https://bankinformationcenter.org/en-us/update/why-should-the-imf-eliminate-surcharges/

Amid a global debt crisis exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) continues to impose extra fees on countries already in dire financial straits. Surcharges largely impact several middle-income countries, driving these countries further into debt and hindering thei...

06/01/2022

"Bien que le mandat de la soit de servir l’intérêt des populations , elle reste à la traîne comparativement à ses paires dans la mise en œuvre et participative des et il est très difficile à la , aux communautés locales, aux peuples autochtones et à tous les ayants-droits de demander des comptes à la banque sur l’ensemble de ses opérations." Déclaration des à la .

The World Bank’s Côte d’Ivoire Climate Smart Agriculture Investment Plan (CSAIP) can be an important tool to help the co...
05/17/2022

The World Bank’s Côte d’Ivoire Climate Smart Agriculture Investment Plan (CSAIP) can be an important tool to help the country improve financial and food security while lowering greenhouse gas emissions and responding to climate change. BIC’s review of the CSAIP found it reflects national priorities that also advance the CSA goals of productivity, resilience, and mitigation, but the plan, among other things, needs to better integrate forest-smart policies, outline more specific guidelines on emissions reductions, and dedicate financing to support women’s access to assets and services.

The World Bank’s Côte d’Ivoire Climate Smart Agriculture Investment Plan (CSAIP) can be an important tool to help the country improve financial and food security while lowering greenhouse gas emissions and responding to climate change. BIC’s review of the CSAIP found it reflects national prio...

05/17/2022

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05/10/2022

The Sustainable International Financial Institutions Act (SIFI Act), a bill prohibiting US public financing of fossil fuel activities, is a key piece of legislation that would strengthen current US policy on fossil fuels and incentivize Multilateral Development Banks (MDBs) to redirect financing from fossil fuel activities to sustainable development and climate adaption. BIC encourages Congress to pass the SIFI Act to advance US climate leadership.

Learn more:
https://bankinformationcenter.org/en-us/update/how-will-the-sifi-act-help-fulfill-us-climate-commitments/

05/05/2022

The Inter-American Development Bank Group (IDB Group) has committed to refuse to tolerate reprisals, but the institution has yet to successfully operationalize the commitment, with responses to reports of reprisals remaining ad-hoc. We recommend that the IDB Group develop an institutionalized approach to assess the risk of reprisals, incorporate preventive measures into project design, and systematically and predictably respond to reports of reprisals when they occur.

https://bankinformationcenter.org/en-us/update/how-can-the-idb-group-effectively-implement-its-commitment/

After the disappointing outcome of the FY22 omnibus spending bill, BIC encourages the Biden-Harris Administration and Co...
04/25/2022

After the disappointing outcome of the FY22 omnibus spending bill, BIC encourages the Biden-Harris Administration and Congress to utilize the U.S. leadership role at the MDBs to advance climate, social inclusion, and accountability goals. Congress should also appropriate enough funding to fulfill the U.S. pledge to the MDBs, pay down arrears, and authorize new replenishments for the U.S. to maintain its influence at these institutions.
https://bankinformationcenter.org/en-us/update/what-are-the-implications-of-congressional-appropriations/

After the disappointing outcome of the FY22 omnibus spending bill, BIC encourages the Biden-Harris Administration and Congress to utilize the U.S. leadership role at the MDBs to advance climate, social inclusion, and accountability goals. Congress should also appropriate enough funding to fulfill th...

In a historic move, the private sector arm of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the IDB Invest, will design a r...
04/13/2022

In a historic move, the private sector arm of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the IDB Invest, will design a responsible exit plan to accompany its divestment from two large hydroelectric projects in Guatemala. For the plan to adequately remedy harm, it is vital the IDB Invest collaborates with the project-affected communities in the preparation and implementation of the exit plan.

https://bankinformationcenter.org/en-us/update/will-the-idb-invest-effectively-address-harm-as-it/

In a historic move, the private sector arm of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the IDB Invest, will design a responsible exit plan to accompany its divestment from two large hydroelectric projects in Guatemala. For the plan to adequately remedy harm, it is vital the IDB Invest collaborate....

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