A group of NGOs has sent a letter in May to the World Bank’s country director for Poland asking for a halt to Bank support for a highway modernisation project. After long negotiations with government agencies, the NGOs had won assurances that the EU financing decision for the project would await completion of a strategic environment assessment. NGOs want Bank financing to await the outcome of the same assessment. The highway widening is part of a larger project which NGOs say will seriously impact wildlife and create pollution problems for several national parks. The Bank has not responded to the call for a meeting.
27 July 2004
World Bank & IMF in the news
From South Africa to Tunisia, Libya and Egypt, the Bank and Fund have demonstrated they are not appropriate allies to address the scale of the crisis the world is facing, especially, given their record.