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.
An official assessment of the Bank’s compliance with its indigenous peoples operational directive confirms criticisms by indigenous peoples’ organisations that the Bank's record is deficient.
Indigenous peoples and NGOs supporting them have released angry statements about the World Bank’s indigenous peoples and forests policies.
The policies that govern the International Finance Corporation’s approach to core social and environmental issues are currently under review.
NGOs say the World Bank’s Extractive Industries Review (EIR), launched at a workshop in Brussels at the end of October, has severe shortcomings.
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.
World Bank and IMF policies harm indigenous communities around the world and are a new form of colonisation, said delegates to the First Millennium Conference of Indigenous Peoples, held in Panama in May.
Forest Peoples’ Programme has produced three new briefings on World Bank policy reformulation processes.
In late January and early February Ecuadorean indigenous groups led further protests against government and IMF economic policies.
The World Bank’s revised Indigenous Peoples Policy will be released in draft early in 2001 for further consultations.