The Bank has recently begun to recognise evidence of links between peoples’ empowerment, growth and improved project performance. However, it recognises that “there remain many questions about what empowerment means, how it applies to the Bank’s work, and what actions should be undertaken”. It has published an Empowerment and Poverty Reduction Sourcebook to start to define its approach in more detail. This sourcebook will also inform the World Bank’s social development strategy which is now under production.
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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.