Activism

Rights

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Bank in the middle of Cambodia, PNG forestry battles

Civil society groups in Cambodia and Papua New Guinea call on the Bank to exert its influence to curb violations of forestry codes.

31 March 2003

Rights

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Project strategic review: opinions sought

The Bretton Woods project is currently undertaking a strategic review of its work.

28 January 2003

Rights

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Debt arbitration mechanism weakened

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.

28 January 2003

Rights

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Cambodian catch-22

The World Bank is considering withholding funds from Cambodia in response to government moves against Global Witness, an independent monitor of the forestry sector.

28 January 2003

Rights

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Romania forestry program criticised

In December the CEE Bankwatch Network asked the Bank’s Board to delay approval of the Romania Forest Development Program.

28 January 2003

Rights

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Climate change paper disputed

A draft paper on climate change from the World Bank and other development agencies has been criticised for not going far enough.

28 January 2003

Rights

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Bank President reply on human rights

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.

28 January 2003

Environment

News

Complaints panel finds major problems in Coal India mines

An official report has found that villagers in Eastern India, have suffered harm to their livelihoods as a result of a Bank-backed coal mining project.

28 January 2003

Rights

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New staff for IFIwatchnet

Catherine Fisher has joined Bretton Woods Project to work part-time with IFIwatchnet on implementing new, collaborative electronic communications.

28 January 2003

Rights

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Indonesian experience casts doubts on Bank anti-corruption efforts

An Indonesian NGO complains that the Bank’s Department of Institutional Integrity has not been sufficiently transparent and achieved limited results.

28 January 2003