Displacement

Rights

News

The World Bank admits serious flaws in resettlement policy

World Bank president has expressed concerns about internal findings of the Bank’s breach of its resettlement safeguards, raising further doubt about it's proposed draft safeguard framework.

31 March 2015

Rights

News

Inspection Panel finds World Bank did not apply safeguards on Kenya forest project

The World Bank board has approved the action plan in response to the Inspection Panel report on the Kenya Sengwer case. The Sengwer indigenous community welcomed the action plan but demanded recognition of their status as "custodians" of the Embobut forest.

18 November 2014

Rights

News

World Bank failed indigenous peoples in Ethiopia

A report by the World Bank’s Inspection Panel has confirmed that the Bank was non-compliant with its policies on a project in Ethiopia, including on indigenous peoples' rights.

2 February 2015

IFI governance

Background

UK civil society meeting with UK World Bank Executive Director Gwen Hines

Notes of a meeting with World Bank executive director Gwen Hines in October 2014.

10 October 2014 | Minutes

Infrastructure

News

Guatemala to pay reparations for World Bank funded Chixoy dam

The Guatemalan government has agreed to pay around $155 million in reparations to local indigenous communities who suffered human rights abuses as a result of the construction of the World Bank funded Chixoy dam

11 November 2014

Rights

News

World Bank accused of resettlement “cultural genocide”

A series of high-profile eviction cases in Kenya, Nigeria and Cambodia has exposed the World Bank’s failure to protect the human rights of communities supposed to benefit from its projects, prompting widespread international condemnation.

31 March 2014

Infrastructure

Analysis

World Bank’s thirst for hydropower

The World Bank and IFC continue push for controversial hydropower, with projects in Guatemala, Democratic Republic of Congo, East Africa, Niger, Pakistan and Macedonia. The Bank warned on long term viability of hydropower, as Uruguay’s state hydro company agreed insurance with the Bank.

27 February 2014

Rights

Analysis

IFC fails to act on human rights abuses in Honduras

IFC accountability mechanism formally links World Bank client to human rights abuses on palm oil project in Honduras, and highlights systemic problems with IFC procedures.

23 January 2014

Rights

News

Nigeria forced evictions case before Inspection Panel

A case of forced evictions in the Nigerian city of Lagos has been submitted to the World Bank's Inspection Panel.

23 January 2014

Infrastructure

News

World Bank infrastucture support: "finance as extraction"

While India is pushing for the World Bank’s Global Infrastructure Facility, the US voted against IFC support for a Saudi Arabian corporation linked to coal power and an Inspection Panel case was registered for a Nepal power transmission project. Concerns were also raised on infrastructure projects in India, Nepal and Burma.

23 January 2014