Conflict

Environment

News

Mortgaging Iraq’s oil wealth

As a "key ingredient" of IMF lending and debt relief, Iraq's government has just presented a new draft petroleum law to its cabinet that could permit up to two-thirds of Iraq's known reserves to be exploited by multinational oil companies under contracts lasting for 20 years.

31 January 2007

Rights

News

Bank directors bound by rights obligations

A report by a coalition of German NGOs finds that Germany extra-territorial obligations extend to its role in multilateral development banks.

31 January 2007

Environment

Background

Highlights of meeting with Tom Scholar and UK NGOs

Highlights of meeting between Tom Scholar and UK NGOs, December 2006

18 December 2006 | Minutes

IFI governance

News

"Insatisfactorio" el manejo del Banco de los Estados frágiles

En septiembre de 2006 el Grupo Independiente de Evaluación (IEG, sigla en inglés) publicó su revisión sobre el apoyo del Banco Mundial a los 'Estados frágiles'.

15 December 2006

Rights

News

World Bank on human rights: “active support” but no politics

In October the Swedish minister of foreign affairs launched a Nordic trust fund for justice and human rights, and the World Bank Institute devoted its latest edition of Development Outreach, to human rights and development

23 November 2006

IFI governance

News

Bank’s handling of fragile states “unsatisfactory”

In September the Independent Evaluation Group released its review of World Bank support to 'fragile states'.

23 November 2006

Rights

News

World Bank’s handling of fragile states “unsatisfactory”

In September the Independent Evaluation Group (IEG) released its review of World Bank support to 'fragile states'. The report gave the Bank a mixed review on its effectiveness, but raised serious questions about both the way the Bank is organised internally to deal with fragile states and the system it uses to allocate resources. Researchers and Bank-watchers question whether the review has gone far enough to examine what causes state 'fragility' and what role Bank-led reforms and projects may

10 October 2006

Accountability

News

BTC: destruction, abuse and betrayal

In July, as the oil in the IFC-supported Baku-Tblisi-Ceyhan (BTC) pipeline finally began flowing a year behind schedule, civil society groups from affected countries and elsewhere presented evidence of destruction, abuse and betrayal.

11 September 2006

Rights

Background

Highlights of UK NGO meeting with Secretary of State for International Development, Hilary Benn

Highlights of meeting between UK NGOs and Secretary of State for International Development, 18 April 2006

21 April 2006 | Minutes

Rights

News

IFC's new standards: a risky step for people and planet

NGO response to the release of IFC safeguard policy documents

23 February 2006