The World Bank’s private sector arm, the International Finance Corporation (IFC), in June approved a $45 million loan to help Glamis Gold Ltd. develop a gold mine in western Guatemala. The mine is currently under construction and is expected to start production in 2006. The IFC said it will also help plan and implement the environmental and social programmes for the mine by working with the company, non-governmental groups and community leaders. Campaigners say that Glamis Gold has a “dismal record” on community rights.
The Bretton Woods Project has published a new briefing providing a critical analysis of the IMF's latest work on gender equality. The briefing questions the sustainability of the Fund's new approach to gender equality and reveals that the Fund's analysis so far is limited and inconsistent with the full achievement of women's economic empowerment.
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