Extractives

Rights

News

Bank inspectors find fault with Chad Cameroon pipeline project

The Bank’s own Inspection Panel has backed many of the complaints by non-governmental organizations about a major oil pipeline in West Africa.

17 September 2002

Private Sector

News

BP mega oil project may get “big bucks” from WB

Despite threats to the environment and fears of over-dependence on oil market vagaries, BP may receive as much as $500 million from the World Bank to build an 1,100 mile trans-Caucasus pipeline.

24 July 2002

Rights

News

IFC backs Laos gold mine

Serious environmental and social concerns have been raised about a Rio Tinto gold mine in Lao PDR which is to receive $30 million from the International Financial Corporation.

8 May 2002

Environment

News

NGOs discuss perils of Bank engagement following mines review meeting

Citizens groups are asking whether participating in Bank-backed review processes are yielding sufficient results, or whether they are distracting NGOs from campaigning against Bank policies and projects which harm poor people and the environment.

8 May 2002

Infrastructure

News

NGOs continue challenge to Bank on oil, gas and mining

NGOs have achieved some changes to the World Bank’s Extractive Industries Review but feel that problems remain. Their determination to change the Bank’s approach to oil, gas and mining is shown by a new campaign launched in France.

25 March 2002

Accountability

News

No investigation into Peru goldmine corruption

The World Bank has recently announced that it will not be taking action following allegations of corruption levelled at corporate clients in Peru and Lesotho. The Peru goldmine and Lesotho dam cases lead some Bank-watchers to question the Bank’s high-profile commitment to rooting out corruption.

25 March 2002

Environment

News

Latest developments: World Bank Extractive Industries Review

NGOs’ concerns have been taken into consideration by the Eminent Person, Dr.

4 February 2002

Environment

News

Extractive Industries Review gets harsh reception

NGOs say the World Bank’s Extractive Industries Review (EIR), launched at a workshop in Brussels at the end of October, has severe shortcomings.

17 January 2002

Environment

News

Arrests of Tanzania mine activists

In late November the Tanzanian authorities took action against an organisation which has been investigating the death and dispersal of artisanal miners at a project backed by the World Bank Group.

17 January 2002

Environment

News

Tanzanian authorities attempt to silence activists on Bulyanhulu case

Tanzanian authorities have arrested Rugemeleza Nshala, President of the Lawyers Environmental Action Team (LEAT), and raided the house of another LEAT lawyer, Tundu Lissu in connection with their investigations into abuses and irregularities at the World Bank-backed Bulyanhulu gold mine.

17 January 2002