While BWI has always been seen as an instrument of the political and economic power of the United States and other Western countries, their role and relevance have been constantly debated. This debate gained momentum in the decade following the 2008 global financial crisis, during which China`s rise to power, often portrayed as the aftermath of a more multipolar world, is seen by some as a challenge to the perceived hegemony of BWI. However, others found that this analytical framework is flawed because the private interests promoted by the Bank and the IMF cannot always be understood from this perspective and that there is a high level of cooperation between the Bank and the Fund and other multilateral institutions, including those established by China and other developing countries. Civil society organizations are also concerned that the World Bank has not yet developed a framework to assess the climate impact of its development financing. CSO research has found that, in some cases, these are “pre-measures” that benefit the fossil fuel and extractive industries. Finally, in recent years, the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA) has provided the Bank with a number of guarantees that have supported fossil fuel projects. According to CSO research, MIGA did not support a single renewable energy project in FY16: “[its] energy guarantees were worth $1.9 billion. of which $0.9 billion was spent on fossil fuel projects,” the rest went to projects such as hydroelectric dams, often with adverse effects on the environment and human rights. You clicked on a link to a page that is not part of the beta version of the new worldbank.org. Before we leave, we`d love to get your feedback on your experience while you`re here. Are you going to take two minutes to complete a short survey that will help us improve our website? The World Bank is an important source of financial and technical assistance to developing countries around the world.
It is not a bank in the ordinary sense, but a unique partnership to fight poverty and support development. The World Bank Group consists of five institutions – www.worldbank.org/en/about – administered by its member countries. The World Bank Group was founded in 1944 and is headquartered in Washington, D.C. The bank employs more than 10,000 people in more than 120 branches around the world. With 189 member countries, employees from more than 170 countries, and offices in more than 130 locations, the World Bank Group is a unique global partnership â€“ five institutions committed to sustainable solutions that reduce poverty and create shared prosperity in developing countries. One of the most common criticisms of the World Bank has been the way it is governed. While the World Bank represents 188 countries, it is led by a small number of economically powerful countries. .