The United Nations Development Programmes annual Human Development Report, released in June, treats human rights as essential for development and sees development as a means to realize human rights.
It looks likely that the World Bank Group will seek a rare capital increase for its International Bank for Reconstruction and Development arm.
On 15 August the Chinese Government arrested three people for trying to investigate the World Bank Western Poverty Project.
Massacres perpetrated and condoned by the Indonesian army have led to calls to halt World Bank and IMF aid programmes to Indonesia.
The Women’s Eyes campaign was launched by women’s movements and NGOs to monitor World Bank progress in bringing its lending operations in line with the Platform for Action of the Fourth World Conference on Women Beijing Women’s Summit in 1995.
The Bank is due to decide in the next few weeks whether to support the Chad-Cameroon oil pipeline.
At the half-way mark of the Bank’s controversial Coal India Environmental and Social Mitigation project local groups have criticised aspects of resettlement implementation.
In April Jane Hill, President of the American Anthropological Association, wrote a strong letter to Bank Group President James Wolfensohn and Carol Lee, IFC Vice President and General Counsel.
A lead article in Development Anthropologist contains a fascinating account of the World Bank’s approach to social issues.