Union and NGO commentators believe the World Development Report on services contains an underlying bias towards private provision rather than public reform.
Friends of the Earth has obtained clear evidence of the risks the proposed Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan (BTC)…
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.
Controversy over the call for debarment of a Canadian contractor is proving a litmus test of the Bank's commitment to apply the same standards to corrupt Northern companies as it does to Southern governments.
Activists, academics and civil society met in Accra 12-14 May for a conference entitled "Corporate Globalisation & the Scramble for Africa's Water: scrutinising the roles of Bretton Woods Institutions & donor community".
As the window for consultation on the draft of the World Development Report 2004 (WDR), Making Services Work for the Poor, draws to a close, debate continues. In response to civil society criticism of the November outline, the March draft of the Report strikes a more nuanced tone on some of the more contentious issues.
ICSID has ruled that it will not allow the public or media to participate in proceedings in which Bechtel is suing the people of Bolivia for $25 million.
New book addresses how to adjust the concept of public goods to today’s economic and political realities-includes discussion of governance of the IMF.
Debates over “high-risk” infrastructure, follow-up to the World Commission on Dams and private management have dominated discussion of the Bank’s new water strategy and global meetings on financing water infrastructure in Washington and Kyoto.
Critics of privatisation are invited to speak at a meeting organised by the Latin American and Caribbean department.