The World Bank has revealed that the planned period for updating its environment and social safeguard policies, which it aims to consolidate into one single policy, has been extended to December 2013 (see Update 77). However, 130 organisations, including Asia Indigenous People’s Pact wrote a letter to the Bank in October calling for the indigenous peoples’ policy to remain a stand-alone policy that respects the concept of “free, prior, informed consent”. NGOs are also concerned that a new lending instrument, Program-for-Results, is to be exempt from safeguards (see Update 79). Consultations on the safeguards review are anticipated at the end of 2012.
World Bank Enabling the Business of Agriculture rankings prescribe land privatisation at the expense of family farmers, pastoralists, and Indigenous Peoples.
As debt crises across the African continent continue to soar, concerns are raised about the gendered impact of debt-servicing conditions imposed by international financial institutions.
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