Human rights

IFI governance

News

BTC: destruction, abuse and betrayal

In July, as the oil in the IFC-supported Baku-Tblisi-Ceyhan (BTC) pipeline finally began flowing a year behind schedule, civil society groups from affected countries and elsewhere presented evidence of destruction, abuse and betrayal.

11 September 2006

IFI governance

News

Justice or conditionality by another name? World Bank at the Human Rights Council

In a statement at the first session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva in June 2006, Joseph Ingram, special representative of the World Bank to the United Nations and the World Trade Organisation stated that the advancement of human rights is "critical" to the Bank's own poverty reduction mission, including the "global fight against corruption and the promotion of good governance.

11 September 2006

Rights

News

The IFC at fifty: All that glitters is too much gold

As the International Finance Corporation (IFC) marks its golden anniversary, the institution claims to serve "as a catalyst for innovative, market-based solutions for reducing poverty and addressing environmental and social challenges". The reality fails to justify such a glittering perspective. Problem gold mine projects in Ghana, Peru and Kyrgyzstan and serious weaknesses in its recent human rights impact assessment programme undermine the future credibility of an institution that is increasin

11 September 2006

Environment

News

Bank environmental commitment under fire

Details of the World Bank's current sustainability disasters in light of the dismantling of ESSD

11 September 2006

Accountability

Commentary

Time to listen to Lesotho! - The World Bank and its new anti-corruption agenda

Comment piece by Hennie Van Vuuren on corruption and bribery in the Bank-supported Lesotho Highlands Water Scheme

11 September 2006 | Guest comment

IFI governance

News

Justice or conditionality by another name?

In a statement at the first session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva in June 2006, the World Bank stated that the advancement of human rights is "critical" to its poverty reduction mission, including the "global fight against corruption and the promotion of good governance". It has been greeted with scepticism from civil society.

5 July 2006

Environment

News

Sustainability dismantled

World Bank president Wolfowitz announces his move to disband the Environmentally and Socially Sustainable Development (ESSD) network within the Bank. It will be merged with the Bank's infrastructure department and report to the current head of the infrastructure department, Kathy Sierra.

28 June 2006

Rights

News

Righting the Bank’s agenda

The departing swansong of World Bank former legal counsel Roberto Da

19 June 2006

Environment

News

Finaliza la revision sobre las salvaguardas de CFI: riesgo antes que la protección

Los criticos aseguran que los estandares revisados de la CFI llevaran a un aumento y no a una disminucion de los casos de abuso social y del medio ambiente.

4 May 2006

Rights

News

Audit finds MIGA at fault in DRC mine

The independent audit of the Compliance Advisor Ombudsman was made public in February.

8 April 2006