Activism

Rights

News

Extractive industries complaint

Civil society groups have reacted angrily to a document circulated by the Extractive Industries Review, the initiative established by the World Bank to make recommendations about its future roles in supporting oil, gas and mining.

1 April 2003

Environment

News

Coal India letter gets strong backing

115 civil society groups backed a letter urging the World Bank Board to endorse an action plan for remedial measures on the Coal India project.

1 April 2003

Rights

News

NGO work on trade-finance coherence

A coalition of NGOs have drafted suggestions for the work agenda for the WTO working group on trade, debt and finance.

1 April 2003

Rights

News

Public excluded from Bolivian Bechtel case

ICSID has ruled that it will not allow the public or media to participate in proceedings in which Bechtel is suing the people of Bolivia for $25 million.

1 April 2003

Rights

News

Bolivia riots over tax law

After an income tax rise, announced as part of a package to reduce the public deficit as required by the IMF, clashes between police, soldiers and civilians have left more than 30 dead.

1 April 2003

Rights

News

Trade and PRSP study

UK-based Christian Aid has commissioned the Overseas Development Institute to analyse the trade content of PRSPs.

1 April 2003

Conditionality

News

PRSP dangers exposed again

Civil society groups in Sri Lanka reject claims that the PRSP represents a comprehensive consultation process.

1 April 2003

Rights

News

Water meetings everywhere and not a drop to drink

Debates over “high-risk” infrastructure, follow-up to the World Commission on Dams and private management have dominated discussion of the Bank’s new water strategy and global meetings on financing water infrastructure in Washington and Kyoto.

1 April 2003

Rights

News

Coal India letter gets strong backing

115 civil society groups backed a letter urging the World Bank Board to endorse an action plan for remedial measures on the Coal India project. The local NGO, which brought a successful claim to the Bank's Inspection Panel, has demanded that action be taken to compensate people who have lost their land and livelihoods. The Bank's management took a surprisingly long time to file its response to the Panel report, and as the Panel has no ability to enforce action by the Bank, civil society groups d

1 April 2003

Knowledge

News

Bank “soul searching” on privatisation

Critics of privatisation are invited to speak at a meeting organised by the Latin American and Caribbean department.

1 April 2003