Indigenous peoples

Environment

News

Two decades of environmental and social protection policies at risk

Bank watchers fear that a new plan to harmonise Bank environmental and social safeguard policies with national rules will sacrifice years of hard-won policy provisions "in one big sweep".

21 September 2004

Rights

News

Nam Theun 2: Decision pending serious problems remain

The deadline for the Bank's decision to finance the controversial Nam Theun 2 hydroelectric power project in Lao PDR is fast approaching. However, long-term opponents of the project predict that its environmental and social outcomes will be disastrous, and criticize the current consultation process as fundamentally flawed.

21 September 2004

Rights

News

Private sector safeguard review "fundamentally flawed"

Civil society organisations have expressed alarm at the process recently launched by the International Finance Corporation (IFC) - the World Bank Group's private sector lending arm- to overhaul its safeguard policies.

21 September 2004

Rights

News

Bank board accepts status quo in oil and gas

The management response to the Extractive Industries Review (EIR) - described by development and environment…

4 August 2004

Rights

News

Indigenous issues still unresolved

Indigenous leaders have said that a meeting with the World Bank legal team was inadequate.

27 July 2004

Environment

News

Indigenous Peoples Policy delayed

On 20 October, World Bank Vice President Ian Johnson responded to Extractive Industries Review Eminent Person Emil Salim confirming that the Bank will delay finalisation of the Indigenous Peoples Policy until the first quarter of 2004.

24 November 2003

Environment

News

UK MPs support Bushmen

A motion signed by 42 MPs urges the UK government to encourage Botswana to respect the rights of Botswana's Bushmen.

24 November 2003

Environment

News

Activists oppose Bank ‘clean development’ credits for Brazilian forest plantation

One of the first pilot projects using the World Bank's climate change carbon trading programmes has come under fire from local groups for endorsing destructive tree plantations.

21 July 2003

Environment

Commentary

Chad-Cameroon: oil and poverty reduction don’t mix

Despite World Bank involvement, the Chad Cameroon petroleum project has confirmed that under authoritarian regimes there is a fundamental incompatibility between poverty alleviation objectives and oil exploitation activities.

28 May 2003 | Guest comment

Rights

News

Extractive industries complaint

Civil society groups have reacted angrily to a document circulated by the Extractive Industries Review, the initiative established by the World Bank to make recommendations about its future roles in supporting oil, gas and mining.

1 April 2003