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.
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”.
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”.
The World Bank is revising its Operational Directive for Structural Adjustment Lending.
It looks likely that the World Bank Group will seek a rare capital increase for its International Bank for Reconstruction and Development arm.
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.
After 5 years of preparation the World Bank and IFC have jointly published a Pollution Prevention and Abatement Handbook.
The IMF has outlined a new information policy.
The World Rainforest Movement and Environmental Defense Fund have produced a briefing on the World Bank’s Forest Policy Review and Strategy Development process.
A leaked May 1999 draft Bank review of structural and sectoral adjustment loans severely criticises their treatment of environmental and social issues.