After an urgent sign-on campaign, Pesticide Action Network has managed to convince the Bank to extend the consultation period on the draft Rural Development Strategy until 9 July. Concerns include policies which are said to support market-assisted land reform, reinforce water privatization schemes, booster biotechnology and endanger progress made on reducing reliance on pesticides.
According to Action Aid, famine in Malawi has been compounded by World Bank-guided food policies.
Gordon Brown’s recent speeches on a “New Deal” for the global economy have been generally welcomed, especially for their suggestions that aid budgets should be increased.
In February, Honduran fishermen in the Gulf of Fonseca protested against the expansion of a prawn farm which has been supported by the World Bank’s International Finance Corporation (IFC).
Mozambique has won more flexibility in its five-year battle with the World Bank and IMF to restrict the export of unprocessed cashew nuts.
The World Bank’s project to improve the integration of the environment in its Country Assistance Strategies has a component to examine decisions made in environmental management which have had significant negative or positive impacts on economic development.
In November 250 representatives of civil society met in Harare for the first Zimbabwe national forum of the joint NGO-WB SAPRI (Structural Adjustment Participatory Review Initiative).
Indonesian NGOs, concerned about the spread of oil palm plantations since the onslaught of the crisis, have formed “Sawat (Oil Palm) Watch”.
The Yayasan Duta Awam Foundation (YDA) has conducted a 15 month grassroots investigation of the Bank-financed Integrated Swamps Development Project.
A detailed paper by Trasparencia traces the history and execution of the Mexican Rainfed Areas Development Project.