In October the Bank’s board approved a $45 million loan from the International Finance Corporation (IFC), for the controversial Allain Duhangan hydropower project in the Indian Himalayas. Local people and Indian NGOs had called for the project to be delayed until numerous grievances were resolved. There are fears that the dam will divert essential water resources from drinking and farming. Villagers filed a formal complaint with the IFC’s Compliance Advisor Ombudsman (CAO) in September. Two days prior to loan approval, the CAO decided that the villagers’ complaint warranted an independent assessment of the project. Opponents fear that now the loan is approved, the CAO’s recommendations will be ignored by project officials.
As India has risen in the World Bank's Ease of Doing Business rankings, it has seen other key development indicators slip.
New IMF gender guidance opportunity for civil society to keep its staff to account.
Donate to the Bretton Woods Project
The Bretton Woods Project is an ActionAid hosted project (UK registered charity no. 274467).