The publication on 29 March of the Inspection Panel investigation into the Mumbai urban transport project has revealed that the Bank “did not comply with a number of requirements under its own policies”. The Panel found that the rail and road transport project, which will see some 100,000 people displaced, “overlooked the needs of low and middle-income shopkeepers” and their staff. Serious problems were identified relating to living conditions at resettlement sites, flaws in the environmental assessment and the failure to establish an effective grievance system. Remedial steps to be taken include improved services for resettlement sites, effective functioning of the grievance mechanism and strengthened Bank supervision.
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In December 2013, the German Development Institute, Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung and Bretton Woods Project, in collaboration with the G-24, hosted a high-level workshop in Berlin to foster an open exchange on the profound changes in the global economy and the implications for global economic governance and its constituent institutions and members.
Last year BRICS' leaders agreed to launch a BRICS development bank. Whether this is considered positive depends in part what questions are being asked. Sameer Dossani of ActionAid International highlights the flaws in the World Bank and IMF, analyses whether a BRICS Bank could be different from these institutions and proposes what it should do and what it should look like.
The Bretton Woods Project is an ActionAid hosted project (UK registered charity no. 274467).