Civil society groups in Cambodia and Papua New Guinea call on the Bank to exert its influence to curb violations of forestry codes.
An Indonesian NGO complains that the Bank’s Department of Institutional Integrity has not been sufficiently transparent and achieved limited results.
Civil society groups in Bangladesh and Pakistan have rejected the PRSP process in their countries. They complain about flawed participation and persistent IMF and World Bank influence on the content of the documents.
James Wolfensohn recently replied to an NGO letter of last summer requesting clarification of what the Bank planned to do to implement a human rights agenda. Wolfensohn said he recently met the newly appointed UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and reiterated that "continued dialogue with human rights groups as well as with governments and other stakeholders is quite important to the Bank". Yet the letter did little to take forward this dialogue, making vague references to collaboration in Po
The Bretton Woods project is currently undertaking a strategic review of its work.
Private creditors oppose the proposed “sovereign debt restructuring mechanism” (SDRM) and the Fund seems ready to further dilute a plan that NGOs already considered flawed.
The World Bank is considering withholding funds from Cambodia in response to government moves against Global Witness, an independent monitor of the forestry sector.
In December the CEE Bankwatch Network asked the Bank’s Board to delay approval of the Romania Forest Development Program.
A draft paper on climate change from the World Bank and other development agencies has been criticised for not going far enough.
James Wolfensohn recently replied to an NGO letter of last summer requesting clarification of what the Bank planned to do to implement a human rights agenda.