A Papuan NGO, the Center for Environmental Law and Community Rights, attempted to halt the release of a $17 million World Bank loan, claiming that the PNG government had failed to stop illegal logging and road construction, and that the Bank had failed to supervise compliance with the conditionalities. After an initial eligibility review, the Inspection Panel has recommended against a full investigation, concluding that, while the claimants had suffered “evident harm,” it was not related to an act or omission by the Bank, and therefore not eligible for review by the Panel.
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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