The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) has called on the World Bank to publish adjustment loan documents, Country Assistance Strategies and Board Minutes or summaries of Board discussions. “Without the release of these documents, journalists cannot adequately fulfil their responsibilities to subject public bodies to scrutiny,” writes Aidan White, IFJ General Secretary. “Disclosure of these critical documents will remain at the whim of borrowing governments… [it] will be subject to political expediency rather than the public right to know.”
EarthRights International examines how the Jam v. IFC case has helped to shift the landscape of accountability for international financial institutions by successfully challenging their claim to “absolute” immunity in US courts, potentially opening IFC up to further legal challenges in future.
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