A report by Can and Leader analyses the concession agreement for the Bank-supported Nam Theun 2 dam in Lao PDR (Update 45), between the country's government and the Nam Theun 2 Power Company Ltd (NTPC).
In October, the Operations Evaluation Department published a report summarising lessons from recent evaluations; Bank management, in unusually strong language, has expressed concerns about both the methodology OED used to reach its conclusions, and the conclusions themselves.
Highlights of meeting with UK Secretary of State for International Development, Hilary Benn
In 2004, the World Bank was responsible for the disbursement of over $3 billion through the 903 trust funds that it manages. The amount of funds being channelled through trust funds looks set to take off as increased international aid commitments chase limited spending channels. Recipients of these funds may see them as manna from heaven - but if trust fund support is not additional to other aid commitments, is this an optimum use of resources or just a cacophony of voices all trying to pull t
Critique of the new role assigned to the World Bank by the G8 in tackling climate change by creating a framework for clean energy and development. Summary of recent documents examining the Bank's perpetuation of fossil-fuelled economic expansion and false claims made in relation to the Clean Development Mechanism
Director, European Network on Debt and Development; Coordinator, Bretton Woods Project, 1995-2004
Refers to the Bank's failure to adequately and explicitly address human rights in its policies, as well as the causality between Bank supported extractive projects and the exacerbation of conflict. Looks at case studies from Democratic Republic of Congo, Guatemala and Chad and Camerooon.
Summary of the terms of reference of the UK National audit office's review of DfID's engagement with multilaterals
A report by the IMF's Independent Evaluation Office released in May concludes that the Fund's "cheerleading" on capital account liberalisation in the early 90s was unbalanced and inconsistent.
A civil society perspective on the World Bank global civil society forum and the future of civil society and World Bank engagement, by Moreblessings Chidaushe, Afrodad