East Asia & Pacific

IFI governance

News

World Bank pays top dollar in East Timor

In May, the World Bank was forced to defend the salaries paid to its consultants in East Timor after they were leaked to the press. The salaries, paid by the Bank and donors, ranged from $100,000 to more than $500,000 in a country where half the population live below the poverty line.

10 July 2009

Infrastructure

News

Controversy over REDD credits

An article in the Economist highlights that no market has been formalised for trading carbon credits generated by programmes for reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD)

10 July 2009

Knowledge

News

World Bank and poverty debates (II): Poverty reduction claims vindicated?

Two new World Bank working papers have rekindled the debate over how to count the poor, with the Bank asserting that even more people have been brought out of poverty in China than had previously been estimated.

17 June 2008

Environment

News

Leaky logic: dams in three countries questioned

Recent reports have raised new questions about the impacts of World Bank-funded dams in Uganda and Laos, while in Mozambique the World Bank will likely be approached to fund another controversial project likely to be spearheaded by China

1 April 2008

Conditionality

News

Anyone with experience taxing sin?

The Philippine finance ministry asked for technical assistance from the both the IMF and the World Bank on the design of sin taxes.

1 April 2008

Rights

Commentary

Whoever loses, the Bank always wins

The World Bank developed its campaign to 'combat' climate change through curbing carbon emissions from deforestation in tropical countries, but nobody noticed that the Bank, through its lending and development policies, has been promoting deforestation in tropical countries like Indonesia.

1 February 2008 | Guest comment

Rights

News

Bank violates indigenous rights

The World Bank-funded Nam Theun 2 (NT2) dam in Lao PDR is under scrutiny once again from NGOs, UN representatives and 'international experts' for its violation of human and indigenous peoples' rights, and its failure to achieve the development and environment goals it has promised

1 February 2008

IFI governance

News

Chinese tipped as Bank chief economist

Lin Yifu, or Justin Lin, was expected to be appointed as the Bank's chief economist, after the post had lain vacant for nearly four months.

1 February 2008

Finance

Background

Seminar on the new aid architecture in health: the way forward

Highlights of a seminar on the new aid architecture in health as part of the Programme of Seminars on 19 October at the World Bank-IMF annual meetings 2007.

23 October 2007 | Minutes

Land

Commentary

World Bank reconstruction role in Timor-Leste creating problems

Guteriano Nicolau S. Neves of the La'o Hamutuk Institute in Dili argues for a critical appraisal of the World Bank's role in the reconstruction of Timor Leste.

31 January 2007 | Guest comment

IFI governance

News

Bankspeak of the year 2006

Bankspeak of the year for 2006.

31 January 2007 | Humour