A World Bank investigation has concluded that there is insufficient evidence to disbar from future Bank contracts three international dambuilding companies which have been charged with corruption by the Lesotho High Court. This despite finding that the (unnamed) companies had channelled funds through a middleman who has been found guilty of bribing Lesotho officials. Environmental Defense Fund argues that the Bank’s decision was timed to influence the outcome of the judgement from the High Court, throwing into question the Bank’s commitment to fighting corruption.
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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.