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Infrastructure

News

Wolfensohn discusses human rights, environment at Greenpeace lecture

The World Bank’s president made interesting statements on human rights and climate change. But he was not specific and he asserted brashly that his institution has not harmed indigenous people since he has been in charge.

24 May 2004

Accountability

Analysis

World Bank, IMF: Helping peace or creating conditions for war?

Recent involvement in countries such as Afghanistan and Iraq has put World Bank and IMF post-conflict operations in the spotlight. While some believe multilateral finance is essential, others argue that the Bank and the Fund are acting primarily as pawns of powerful diplomatic and economic interests.

5 April 2004 | Briefings

Rights

News

World Bank faces lobbies on human rights, climate change

The World Bank has recently faced increasing pressure to adopt strong policies on human rights and climate change. NGOs have been joined by parliamentarians, nobel laureates for peace and a group of religious leaders in advocating for the Bank to adopt the recommendations of the Extractive Industries Review.

5 April 2004

Knowledge

News

IMF and poverty: strange bed fellows

The IMF's capacity and legitimacy to address poverty have been debated by many analysts within…

29 March 2004

Rights

News

WSF 2004: IMF, World Bank “out of South”

Over 100,000 participants were drawn to this year's World Social Forum (WSF) in Mumbai, 16 - 21 January. Held on an enormous industrial complex in the north of the city, the panels, workshops, and cultural displays were held in hangars previously used as stage sets and ad-hoc tents. Innumerable marches poured through the streets outside, powerfully illustrating the depth of grassroots organising in India.

28 January 2004

Knowledge

Analysis

Leading a horse to water: Is there a role for the IMF in poverty reduction?

Many observers were sceptical when a few years ago the IMF embarked on a mission to respond to the "cries of the poor", in the words of its then head Michel Camdessus

25 November 2003 | At Issue

Rights

News

Meeting: ‘milestone’ or ‘millstone’ for Bank/civil society relations?

Concerns have been raised about a new high-level initiative involving the World Bank and selected civil society groups.

17 November 2003

Rights

News

Activist manifesto on global institutions

A new book challenges global institutions and anti-globalisation activists with proposals for stronger but radically…

10 September 2003

Environment

News

World Bank announces renewed big infrastructure push

The World Bank President has pledged that the Bank will revive its support for megaprojects and a new report expresses serious concerns about the Bank's track record in this area.

8 September 2003

Finance

News

Report condemns IMF ability to anticipate and prevent crises

A US Government Accounting Office (GAO) report finds serious shortcomings to recent IMF efforts to improve its capacity to predict and prevent financial crises, which is at the core of its mandate.

21 July 2003