Water

Social services

News

Unions, NGOs react to report on services

Union and NGO commentators believe the World Development Report on services contains an underlying bias towards private provision rather than public reform.

17 November 2003

Private Sector

News

Leak reveals Bank oil pipeline threat to pillar of Georgian economy

Friends of the Earth has obtained clear evidence of the risks the proposed Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan (BTC)…

2 October 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

Accountability

News

Bank silent on corporate corruption in Lesotho

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.

8 September 2003

Rights

News

Debate continues over services report

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.

26 May 2003

Rights

News

African right to water

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".

26 May 2003

Rights

News

Public excluded from Bolivian Bechtel case

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.

1 April 2003

Social services

News

UNDP book on Global Public Goods

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.

1 April 2003

Rights

News

Water meetings everywhere and not a drop to drink

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.

1 April 2003

Knowledge

News

Bank “soul searching” on privatisation

Critics of privatisation are invited to speak at a meeting organised by the Latin American and Caribbean department.

1 April 2003