Safeguards

Environment

News

Bank Ducks Coal India Release

After a four month delay, Asger Christensen, World Bank Task Leader for the India Coal Sector project replied to Minewatch in May saying that the Bank could not release the mid-term review of the project.

14 June 2000

Infrastructure

News

World Bank Backs Czech Nuclear Power

A study released in April by Hnuti Duha (Friends of the Earth, Czech Republic) and the CEE Bankwatch Network found that World Bank resources “are directly supporting nuclear facilities in the Czech Republic”.

14 June 2000

Rights

News

Panel Slams Bank On China Project

The Wall Street Journal ran an article on 4 May stating that “the World Bank badly mishandled an anti-poverty project that would resettle 58,000 Chinese farmers onto hotly disputed farmlands traditionally inhabited by ethnic Tibetans, according to a report by an internal bank watchdog panel”.

14 June 2000

Rights

News

Bank adjustment directive under discussion

The World Bank is revising its Operational Directive for Structural Adjustment Lending.

15 December 1999

Rights

News

Bank to seek capital increase

It looks likely that the World Bank Group will seek a rare capital increase for its International Bank for Reconstruction and Development arm.

15 December 1999

Rights

News

Bank resettlement policy conversion

In July some NGOs received letters from Maninder Gill at the World Bank seeking comments on the proposed conversion of its Operational Directive (OD) on Resettlement.

15 September 1999

Rights

News

Major Bank pollution prevention handbook out

After 5 years of preparation the World Bank and IFC have jointly published a Pollution Prevention and Abatement Handbook.

15 September 1999

IFI governance

News

Bank study finds adjustment impact studies inadequate

A leaked May 1999 draft Bank review of structural and sectoral adjustment loans severely criticises their treatment of environmental and social issues.

15 June 1999

Infrastructure

News

Chad-Cameroon discussions reach peak

The Bank is due to decide in the next few weeks whether to support the Chad-Cameroon oil pipeline.

15 June 1999

Rights

News

IMF transparency improved

The IMF has outlined a new information policy.

15 June 1999