Water

Environment

News

Update on key World Bank policies

The World Bank is in the process of “reformatting” a wide range of its key safeguard policies.

17 September 2002

Rights

News

NGOs criticise the Bank’s water strategy

The Bank’s draft Water Resources Sector Strategy has been faulted by critics for distorting the findings of the World Commission on Dams, continuing to support high-cost megaprojects and emphasizing privatisation.

24 July 2002

Social services

News

Ghanaians contest Bank-backed water privatisation

A broad coalition of organisations is challenging the plan to privatise Ghana’s water system. They complain that the World Bank and IMF-promoted scheme will not extend services to poorer people or ensure fair pricing. The deal - which the IMF has just made part of its new conditions for Ghana - reflects the biases of the consultants which drew it up at a cost of $3million.

25 March 2002

Social services

News

Company seeks compensation after Bolivians force re-nationalisation

US multinational Bechtel is seeking compensation from the Bolivian government after protests forced the cancellation of its contract to provide water in Cochabamba. The case has been accepted by the International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes, a little-known arm of the World Bank Group. Campaigners are preparing to challenge the process.

25 March 2002

Social services

News

Bank steps up journalist training

At the World Water Forum, Bonn, the World Bank distributed flyers advertising a training programme for journalists running up to the World Water Forum 2003.

1 January 2002

Environment

News

Coal India problems inspected

The World Bank’s Inspection Panel has visited India in response to a claim filed against the Bank’s Coal India loans.

10 September 2001

Social services

News

Privatisation of water not “pro-poor”, NGOs warn

Ghanaian and international groups raise concerns about Bank-backed plans to privatise metropolitan water supply.

18 June 2001

Rights

News

New Freshwater Action Network

A new network has been launched to support NGO advocacy around freshwater issues.

6 February 2001

Social services

News

Panama Bay scheme alert

An NGO concerned about a project that will cause irreversible damage to Panama Bay is calling for international support.

12 December 2000

Infrastructure

News

Narmada World Bank rumour

The Chief Minister of Gujarat has apparently hinted that he is applying to the World Bank for the Drinking Water component of the Sardar Sarovar dam on the Narmada river which the Bank was forced to pull out of in 1993.

14 June 2000