An official assessment of the Bank’s compliance with its indigenous peoples (IP) operational directive confirms criticisms by indigenous peoples’ organisations that the Bank’s record is deficient. The Bank’s IP directive was applied in just 62 percent of the 89 projects that affected IPs. The Operations Evaluation Department report said “the process of determining which groups are covered by the Bank’s IP policy is in urgent need of clarification”. The Bank will soon release another draft of its revised directive, at the same time as a more in-depth evaluation. Finalisation of the directive is now expected in October.
24 November 2003