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.
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.
Highlights of the IFC consultation with civil society on its revision of the WBG environmental and social safeguards
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
The role of the IMF and World Bank in responding to emergencies and coordinating with relief efforts.
The World Bank's board of directors recently approved an investment guarantee for the US$590 million West Africa gas pipeline (WAGP)
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.
This year's Goldman Environmental Prize honoured two activists who have been tackling World Bank projects and policies.
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.
Human rights activists in Andhra Pradesh have strongly objected to World Bank plans for a new economic reform loan to the state government.