Witness: The World Bank’s damage to communities and the environment

Southern IFI activists' presentation in London

27 February 2014 | Events

Bretton Woods Project and Oxfam are pleased to invite you to a meeting with leading activists including from Cameroon, India, and Argentina who are visiting London as part of a European lobby tour.

The activists all have first-hand experience of the impacts of World Bank-funded projects in their countries: from the a coal power plant in India to agriculture in Senegal. They have come to Europe to ask governments to ensure the Bank strengthens its social and environmental safeguards – currently under review – in order to protect communities and to ensure justice for those dispossessed by existing projects.


Gonzalo Roza (Argentina) is the Program Coordinator for Global Governance at FUNDEPS in Argentina. Gonzalo holds a degree in International Relations (University of Cordoba), and has worked in the area of International Financial Institutions with the Center for Human Rights and Environment (CEDHA). He has participated in various meetings and events of national and international character and has authored and co-authored papers and articles on topics of Argentina’s foreign policy, transparency of international financial institutions and mechanisms for access to justice.

Samuel Nnah Ndobe (Cameroon) is an agricultural specialist, most recently with the Center for Environment and Development (CED) in Cameroon. Samuel’s work with CED has focussed on forestry, livelihoods, and indigenous peoples. His work is often in response to intense multinational logging efforts in Central Africa and the World Bank policies that promote this form of rapid deforestation without consideration of local ecological, social and economic needs. Samuel has contributed to a number of reports and documentaries on logging, wildlife poaching, and livelihoods. Samuel also serves on the advisory board of Global Greengrant Fund.

Soumya Dutta (India) is the National Convener of the Indian people’s science group Bharat Jan Vigyan Jatha and the Convener of the Climate and Energy Group in the Beyond Copenhagen collective in India, a network of 40+ organisations. Soumya Dutta has been involved in the people’s science movement for the past twenty years, but has recently become more involved in activist movements, such as the campaign against the Tata Mundra power plant, which is funded by the International Financial Corporation (IFC).

Event details

The meeting will take place on Tuesday 11th March from 2.30-4.30pm

Location: ActionAid, 33-39 Bowling Green Lane, London, EC1R 0BJ (closest tube Farringdon, directions and map)

You are welcome to come and hear their stories and learn how you can help to support their work. They will be joined by the Africa Program Director and the Climate Change Coordinator from US-based NGO Bank Information Center, Oxfam’s Land Rights Policy Lead, and staff from the Bretton Woods Project.

Please email to Kate Geary (kgeary@oxfam.org.uk) or Petra Kjell (pkjell@brettonwoodsproject.org) to confirm your participation.