Human rights

Conditionality

News

UN says World Bank and IMF “bound by international law”

Bold statements made by the UN special rapporteur on the right to food argue that international law is binding on organisations such as the World Bank, IMF and WTO.

21 November 2005

Accountability

News

World Bank anti-corruption: discourse versus practice

A new report from corruption watchdog Transparency International indicates that despite improved efforts by the World Bank on corruption ahead of other regional development banks, there is still a striking inconsistency between the discourse and practice of the Bank. A new US anti-corruption bill and an oil revenue agreement with Chad are the latest tests.

21 November 2005

Conditionality

Background

Social development in the World Bank, from vision to action

Brief summary of the presentation of the World Bank's social development report, and follow-up discussion

27 September 2005 | Resource

Rights

Background

Indigenous policy undermines rights

Summary of the recent paper by UK-based NGO Forest Peoples Programme regarding Indigenous peoples and the World Bank: experiences with participation

12 September 2005 | Resource

Environment

News

Slow progress on World Bank’s oil, gas and mining commitments

Update on the World Bank Group’s progress on the management response to the Extractive Industries Review. Problems relating to the BTC pipeline on its inauguration. Summary of the book The risks we run, on political risk insurance and the mining industry.

13 June 2005

IFI governance

News

Bank research: no improvement in governance

World Bank researchers Kaufmann and Kraay have released the latest edition of their governance indicators, finding no improvement in global governance.

13 June 2005

Accountability

Background

UK NGO meeting with executive director Tom Scholar: uncorrected highlights 4 April 2005

Minutes of Spring meeting with Tom Scholar and UK NGOs in London

28 April 2005 | Minutes

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

Environment

Background

EIR Update: highlights of civil society meeting with World Bank Group

Civil society meeting with the World Bank Group on the Extractive Industries Review update

21 April 2005 | Minutes

Rights

Commentary

People’s assembly demands justice from World Bank

Villagers of Badin district in southeastern Pakistan are demanding compensation from the World Bank for a drainage infrastructure project that has wrought environmental devastation and led to the loss of lives.

10 April 2005 | Guest comment