According to NGOs, the World Bank has facilitated illegal logging in Cambodia, violating its own operational policies in the process.
The Bank’s claim that the Chad-Cameroon oil and pipeline project proves that petro-dollars can benefit the poor is undermined by the claims of local communities and NGOs who cite numerous examples of violations of social and environmental safeguards.
The World Bank Board has responded to a critical findings of its own Inspection Panel, but has done little to remedy the situation of the local people who have suffered.
Most of the Bushmen of a Kalahari reserve in Botswana have been evicted to make way for exploitation of diamonds. Now the International Finance Corporation (IFC) is funding further exploration.
A brief outline of the workings of the Inspection Panel and the Compliance Adviser Ombudsman, the two principal complaint mechanisms of the World Bank.
Members of Argentine civil society organisations, Jimena Garrote and Ezequiel Nino, discuss a complaint filed with the IMF’s Independent Evaluation Office (IEO), denouncing the pressure exerted by IMF representatives in negotiations with the Argentine government.
The Prodeminca mining project in Ecuador, officially called the Ecuadorian Mining and Environment Technical Assistance Project, involves a loan for $14 million that was approved in 1994.
The second Inspection Panel claim on the pilot phase of the Brazilian land reform project, commonly known as Cedula da Terra, was denied for reasons of eligibility of the requesters.
In late April, after a contentious internal review, the World Bank Board approved changes to its Inspection Panel, the forum for citizen complaints about Bank-financed projects that harm people and the environment.
The World Bank Group has appointed the first IFC/MIGA Compliance Advisor/Ombudsperson.