Displacement

IFI governance

News

No IFC audit despite new Peru oil spill

In May, the Compliance Advisor/Ombudsman (CAO), the accountability mechanism of the International Finance Corporation (IFC, the Bank's private sector arm), closed the Maple Energy case, despite a new oil spill in April.

3 July 2012

IFI governance

News

New claims of rights abuses in World Bank-funded 'land grabs'

As the World Bank held its Annual Conference on Land and Poverty in April, campaigners accused it once again of facilitating and legitimising 'land grabs' that harm local communities.

3 July 2012

Environment

Commentary

An easy call: IFC should quit MRL mining project

The IFC should terminate its support to MRL's Philippine mining venture for not following their guidelines, and more than that, for ignoring the Philippine law concerning indigenous peoples.

3 July 2012 | Guest comment

IFI governance

Commentary

Accountability squandered?

Despite a 2011 victory in Cambodia, where a mass eviction in the centre of Phnom Penh was halted and remaining affected families finally gained legal title to the land they had been wrongly denied under a World Bank project, recent arrests have put justice in jeopardy and led to calls for a continued lending freeze by the Bank.

22 June 2012 | Guest comment

IFI governance

Background

Lessons from IEG's Cluster Review of IFC-supported Extractive Industries Projects

Minutes of IFC and extractives meeting, Washington DC, 21 April 2012

21 April 2012 | Minutes

Land

Background

Notes of meeting between Stewart James, Alternate UK Executive Director to the World Bank, and NGOs

Civil society organisations met UK Executive Director to the World Bank and staff from the Department for International Development to discuss agriculture, land grabs, food security, the safeguards review process, the selection of the next World Bank president, the doing business indicators, and the debt sustainability framework.

13 March 2012 | Minutes

IFI governance

News

The World Bank and extractives: a rich seam of controversy

As World Bank projects fail to reduce corruption in the mining sector in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), International Financial Corporation (IFC) investments in extractives are provoking complaints and protests around the world.

7 February 2012

IFI governance

News

Harvesting controversy

While the Bank prepares to revise its agriculture strategy, its focus on market liberalisation is criticised, its own complaints bodies issue damning reports on agriculture projects in Peru and Papua New Guinea, and critics fault its gender focus.

7 February 2012

Land

News

IFC accused of standards breach over Ugandan land grab

A September report by NGO Oxfam International includes criticism of forestry operations in Uganda in which the World Bank's private sector arm, the International Finance Corporation (IFC), has a stake.

18 November 2011

Infrastructure

Analysis

No fairy tale

As debates continue at the World Bank about its lending for new coal-fired power plants, residents of the Indian district of Singrauli, the country's coal capital, still live with the lasting social and environmental impacts of decades of coal-related projects and ask why the Bank has never returned to fully address what has been left in the wake of its investments in the region.

18 November 2011 | Reports