After a preliminary investigation by the Inspection Panel into programmes to develop the rainforests of the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Bank has acknowledged that: it did not properly apply its safeguard policies; was “not aware of the existence of ‘Pygmy’ communities in areas that would be affected by its projects”; and that it was inappropriate to set targets for the number of new logging concessions. Simon Counsell, of NGO The Rainforest Foundation, said “this is a major victory for the Pygmy people of the Congo, whose rights and livelihoods could be seriously harmed by inappropriate development of the country’s rainforests.”
Indonesian civil society have raised concerns that the World Bank is promoting gas and supporting further coal expansion in its new Country Partnership Framework.
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