Displacement

Environment

Analysis

Kenya evictions: foreshadowing future World Bank forest work?

Indigenous peoples have been evicted from their forests by a conservation project in Kenya funded by the World Bank. The Bank is currently drafting a new forests action plan.

23 January 2014

Finance

Analysis

The IFIs in 2013: year in review

The Bretton Woods Project review of the most important developments at the World Bank and IMF in 2013.

8 January 2014 | Review

Private Sector

Analysis

IFC financed 'land grabs' in Cambodia, Laos and Honduras exposed

While the World Bank's leadership is further embracing private equity funds, the IFC's investment in financial intermediaries is again hitting the headlines over allegations of 'land grabs' in South East Asia and lack of respect for indigenous people's rights in Honduras.

26 June 2013

Rights

News

Ethiopia refuses Inspection Panel investigation

Ethiopia has said that it will not cooperate in a proposed investigation by the World Bank's accountability mechanism, the Inspection Panel (IP), into a programme linked to the Bank that according to the indigenous peoples filing the complaint led to "forced villagisation".

26 June 2013

Rights

News

Safeguards: World Bank urged to incorporate human rights commitments "in all of its activities"

As the consultations on the World Bank's safeguards review progress, indigenous peoples groups and NGOs raised concerns over the process. There were also increased calls for the Bank to respect human rights in its policies, including a report from a UN Special Rapporteur.

8 April 2013

Accountability

News

IFC Honduran client linked to death squads

The International Finance Corporation (IFC, the Bank's private sector arm) loan to Honduran palm oil producer Corporaci

8 April 2013

Environment

News

IFC-funded mines: still courting controversy

Following a year of violence associated with IFC-funded mining projects, the IFC's mining investments in Guatemala, Mongolia, Peru and Colombia are still provoking controversy.

13 February 2013

IFI governance

News

IFC's Oyu Tolgoi mine prompts complaint

In October, Mongolian herdsmen took a complaint to the Compliance Advisor/Ombudsman, the International Finance Corporation's (IFC) accountability mechanism, against the Oyu Tolgoi mine being considered for World Bank support.

6 December 2012

Land

Background

Halting the global land rush: protecting land rights and promoting food security

This event discussed how to invest in agriculture in a responsible way, including research on the scale of the global rush for land, and explored potential solutions to the problem, including the role that the World Bank can and must play.

11 October 2012 | Minutes

Environment

News

Unearthing the IFC's links to mining abuses

As mining projects in South Africa and Peru face violent opposition, critics are questioning the stakes held by the International Finance Corporation (IFC, the World Bank's private sector arm) in the corporations at the centre of the controversies. New IFC funding for mining projects in Mongolia and Guinea is also causing alarm, leading to a call for a return to the recommendations of the 2005 Extractive Industries Review.

3 October 2012