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Blog 19.10.20 Off target: World Bank’s fossil fuel addiction keeps energy poor countries in the dark

Nezir Sinani of Recourse (a member of the Big Shift Global campaign) writes about how the World Bank continues to prioritise fossil fuels and how it is failing to bring people out of fuel poverty in countries where Recourse and other Big Shift members have carried out research.

Poverty reduction, energy access goals and climate goals are inextricably linked and require urgent and bold action. Given the World Bank Group’s (WBG) mandate to eradicate extreme poverty, it is important to assess how the development institution approaches energy access and climate goals and whether it is taking the urgent actions needed to address both.

Blog 12.10.20 World Bank Annual Meetings - Investments in fossil fuels are not acceptable

The Big Shift campaign is urging the World Bank to take bold decisions during its 2020 Annual Meetings to ensure the spending of public money as part of the COVID recovery is not making the climate crisis worse but ensuring a green, sustainable just recovery for all. The choices made now will have an impact for years to come.

Blog 08.10.20 The EBRD has announced its new president – Congratulations to Odette Renaud-Basso!

Congratulations to Odette Renaud-Basso as the new president of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and the first woman to hold the permanent presidency of a major multilateral development bank.

With the start of this new presidency, members of the Big Shift Global Coalition have high expectations for the EBRD to become a truly green bank.

Blog 17.09.20 Who will be the next president of the EBRD? (And why Big Shift Global members care)

The decision about who will be the next candidate of the EBRD is due in October.

Whoever becomes president of the EBRD must lead the bank quickly and decisively to act on climate change and energy access for all.

There are three candidates in the running for the Presidency of the EBRD: Odile Renaud-Basso of France, Pier Carlo Padoan of Italy and Tadeusz Kościński of Poland. We want to hear from the candidates about how they will lead the bank on climate and energy access.

2 month countdown to Finance in Common summit

September marks two months until the Finance in Common Summit - the first ever meeting of all 450 public development banks. Development banks that hold $11.2 trillion in public assets. With huge amounts of public money being spent as a result of the COVID-19 crisis, decisions made now, including during the summit, about how to use these funds must include the acceleration of a sustainable, just recovery.

Blog 21.08.20: Los compromisos climáticos y las inversiones del Grupo del Banco Mundial en Argentina: ¿en línea u opuestas?

El Grupo del Banco Mundial (GBM) reconoce al cambio climático como una amenaza para el desarrollo mundial, que incrementa la inestabilidad y contribuye a la pobreza, la fragilidad y a las migraciones. En respuesta a esta problemática, en 2016 el GBM lanzó el Plan de Acción para el Clima (PAPC), en el que se establecieron objetivos generales a 2020 para contribuir al alivio de la pobreza mediante la creación de políticas, la resiliencia ante los impactos del cambio climático y el fomento de la descarbonización.

Luego de analizar los compromisos asumidos en el PAPC y sus inversiones particulares en Argentina, y teniendo en cuenta los proyectos vigentes (aunque algunos datan de fechas previas al PAPC), se observó que el valor de inversiones directas destinado a combustibles fósiles fue un 88% mayor que para las energías renovables, totalizando las inversiones en fósiles USD 541 millones; mientras que a energías renovables fueron USD 287 millones.

African CSOs call for ambitious targets and increased investment in energy access by the World Bank Group

African CSOs, led by Big Shift Global member, ACSEA have sent a letter to the World Bank welcoming the Banks's new LEAP energy proposal but calling for more ambitious targets,  increased investment in energy access and greater consultation with those it will impact.  

The letter sent to World Bank directors highlights that in order to also address COVID19 recovery the LEAP energy proposal must address energy access for the 1 in 2 people without electricity and the 890 million people without clean cooking in Africa. Increased energy access is vital to reduce the health impacts of air pollution from polluting fuels, as well as promoting renewable energy to generate jobs and secure livelihoods in the recovery from the crisis.

The letter calls for increased investment in sustainable renewable energy including off-grid and mini-grid renewable energy and the need to accelerate progress on clean cooking.  It also states that the strategy must have stakeholder buy in and that people impacted by energy projects and African civil society who understand the needs of energy consumers must be consulted.



Blog 24.06.20 The World Bank is Failing Nigeria on Climate Goals and Energy Access

Anna Östergren of SSNC and Nezir Sinani of Recourse have published a blog summarising the findings of their latest report, written with ACSEA, on the World Bank's energy and climate performance in Nigeria.

In Nigeria, 24 percent of the population or about 41 million people live in areas of high climate risks from storm surges, coastal and inland flooding, wildfires and drought. A rapid transformation of the energy sector, from fossil fuels to renewable energy, is needed to combat climate change and also to increase energy access. Despite Nigeria’s vast potential for renewable energy,the WBG prioritises fossil fuels over renewable energy. 



The MDBs and a Just, Paris-aligned Recovery - If you missed the Big Shift webinar catch up here!

A Paris-aligned and just recovery to Covid-19 by the Multilateral Development Banks (MDBs) is a vital part of the global response. On 28th May, members of  the Big Shift Global Coalition organised a webinar to discuss this further with 4 panellists: Bronwen Tucker, OCI; Dileimy Orozco, E3G; Augustine Njamnshi, ACSEA and Andrew Scott, ODI, moderated by Vibeka Mair of Responsible Investor.

Panellists presented views on: MDBs’ track records in energy financing;  recovery packages so far; what a Paris-aligned, just recovery should look like; why this should not include investment in oil and gas and specifically what this should look like in the case of Africa.


Africa Day 2020 - An open letter calling on the AfDB to stop funding fossil fuels

Africa Day is on 25 May. Big Shift Global member, the African Climate Reality Project has a tradition of using this day to amplify the call for a fossil free, low-carbon, and climate resilient future for the continent.

They have published an open letter calling on the African Development Bank to stop funding fossil fuels and shift to 100% renewables.


U.S. Faith-Based Coalition Calls on World Bank to Take Climate Action in the Time of COVID

A coalition of faith-based organisations in the United States have launched a campaign  in support of Big Shift,  calling on the World Bank to end all support for fossil fuels and shift investment to renewable energy access in the time of COVID-19 and beyond.


Blog 13.05.20 - COVID-19 Recovery and Renewable Energy in Africa

Eugene N Nforngwa, Thematic Lead for Just Transition and Energy Access at the Pan-African Climate and Environmental Justice Alliance (PACJA) and Programmes Advisor at the Africa Coalition for Sustainable Energy and Access (ACSEA) presents why renewable energy and just recovery are vital in the Covid-19 recovery planning process in Africa

Blog 17.04.2020 - A Time to Change

Andrew Schwartz, Deputy Director at Center for Earth Ethics outlines how the response to the coronavirus crisis must increase resilience and minimise climate change by shifting funding from fossil fuels to renewable energy.

World Bank Directors urged to intervene in Guyana’s oil development over conflict of interest

Shortly before the World Bank holds its digital Spring Meeting, the NGO Urgewald and partner civil society organizations have sent a letter to Executive Directors to express concerns with the bank’s involvement in Guyana’s oil & gas development.

Blog: 14.04.2020 - Multilateral Development Banks must implement a sustainable recovery from Covid-19

The global response to the coronavirus crisis continues to gather pace and emergency responses supporting health services and economies are vital at this stage for many across the globe. Just like the Covid-19 crisis, the impacts of climate change will be felt more acutely by the poorest and most vulnerable people. It is vital that the stimulus packages supported by MDBs address this and respond to both crises.

MDBs fail to deliver on joint Paris Alignment promise at COP25

At COP25 in Madrid, Spain the nine multilateral development banks (MDBs) provided a public update on their joint commitment to Paris Alignment. Though the group of banks first committed to a process to align their financial flows with a 1.5°C pathway in 2017, yesterday's announcement provided few new details. 

Carta abierta de la coalición Big Shift a los líderes de los BMD

Con el comienzo de la COP25, la coalición Big Shift pide a los Bancos Multilaterales de Desarrollo que alineen sus finanzas con el Acuerdo de París de 2015 incrementando sus inversiones en energía renovable, abandonando toda financiación a los combustibles fósiles y asegurando que publican sus avances de forma detallada.  

Nota de prensa: 18.10.2019

No más excusas: El Banco Mundial debe frenar toda financiación a combustibles fósiles - protestas de la sociedad civil ante el Encuentro Anual del Banco Mundial

Carta de la sociedad civil al Banco Mundial

Cerca de 100 organizaciones de la sociedad civil que están protestando frente al Encuentro Anual del Banco Mundial envían una carta al Presidente del Banco Mundial y a los Directores Ejecutivos para pedir una mayor acción climática.