The seventh annual conference of the Parliamentary Network on the World Bank was held in Cape Town in March.
As the UN human rights council holds its fourth session, the last few months have witnessed dynamic processes on human rights and development finance that bolster arguments to hold international financial institutions accountable under international law.
In March the IFC approved $90 million towards a $424 million expansion and modernisation programme for Brazil's leading beef and leather processor Bertin Ltda.
The World Bank's 2008 World Development Report (WDR), to be released in October, will focus on agriculture for development.
Guteriano Nicolau S. Neves of the La'o Hamutuk Institute in Dili argues for a critical appraisal of the World Bank's role in the reconstruction of Timor Leste.
Information on the World Development Report 2008 including updates on recent civil society consultations.
The World Bank’s flagship annual report, the World Development Report was released in September, focusing on youth. Plans are already underway for next year’s edition on agriculture, and follow-up continues on last year’s report on equity.
Details of the World Bank's current sustainability disasters in light of the dismantling of ESSD
The collapse of a flagship water privatisation in Tanzania, and opposition to both a planned privatisation of the state cotton board and the completed privatisation of the state railway in Mali, highlight the continuing struggle over pressure from the Bretton Woods institutions to privatise in Africa.
A report released in May by UK NGO Christian Aid, documents case studies in India, Ghana and Jamaica where imposed liberalisation has ravaged local industry with devastating social impacts.