Displacement

Rights

News

IFC backs controversial Ghana gold mine

On 31 January, the IFC approved a $125 million loan to Newmont Mining Corporation for the development of the Ahafo gold mine project in western Ghana, which NGOs link to human rights and environmental problems.

8 April 2006

Rights

News

World Bank “pushing big dams” across Asia

Bank upscales its funding for large scale hydro in Pakistan and Inda, fails to adequately assess resettlement in China, and tries to take credit for increased investment in renewable energy and energy investment merely by increasing its funding for large high risk dam projects.

20 January 2006

Infrastructure

Background

IFC consultation with civil society on the safeguard review

Highlights of the IFC consultation with civil society on its revision of the WBG environmental and social safeguards

22 April 2005 | Minutes

Rights

News

Draft indigenous peoples policy riddled with loopholes

The previous draft policy on indigenous peoples failed to meet expectations of indigenous peoples and NGOs involved in the process. It was scrapped in 2002. The current revised draft has improved in terms of integrating some previous recommendations made by indigenous peoples but it remains riddled with legal loopholes and ambiguous definitions

2 February 2005

Environment

Background

IMF and World Bank emergency response

The role of the IMF and World Bank in responding to emergencies and coordinating with relief efforts.

26 January 2005 | Inside the institutions

Environment

News

West Africa gas pipeline approved

The World Bank's board of directors recently approved an investment guarantee for the US$590 million West Africa gas pipeline (WAGP)

26 January 2005

Rights

News

Irrigation project violates Bank's safeguards policies

Communities in the Sindh Valley in Pakistan have filed a claim with the World Bank Inspection Panel citing potential harmful effects of the 285 million dollar National Drainage Program (NDP) on the indigenous Mallah people.

22 November 2004

Rights

News

IFI campaigners win environment prizes

This year's Goldman Environmental Prize honoured two activists who have been tackling World Bank projects and policies.

28 May 2004

Rights

News

Pakistani hunger strikers seek reparations for damaging project

In March Pakistani activists observed a hunger strike in front of the World Bank offices in Islamabad. The strikers pointed out that Bank-backed projects have caused serious damage to their livelihoods and the coastal ecology and called for the loan to be suspended.

5 April 2004

Rights

News

World Bank Loans to Andhra Pradesh: Financing bloodshed and impunity?

Human rights activists in Andhra Pradesh have strongly objected to World Bank plans for a new economic reform loan to the state government.

3 February 2004