East Asia & Pacific

Conditionality

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Korean workers lawsuit against IMF thrown out

A South Korean court has rejected a lawsuit filed by a group of labour unions against the IMF for alleged policy mistakes.

15 April 2000

Rights

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Thai activists accuse IMF of neglecting poor

In February, about 300 activists from the Student Federation of Thailand, the Forum of the Poor and labour groups burnt effigies of IMF managing-director Michel Camdessus and some Thai politicians in a protest in Bangkok where officials were attending the UNCTAD-X meeting.

15 April 2000

Rights

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Jakarta activists call for local initiatives

NGO activists in Jakarta wrote an open letter to World Bank President James Wolfensohn in February, asking him to meet directly with the people to hear their own solutions to reverse Indonesia’s economic decline based on small-scale, local initiatives.

15 April 2000

Infrastructure

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Thai villagers condemn Wolfensohn refusal

The President of the World Bank, James Wolfensohn, in Thailand in February for the UNCTAD meeting, refused to accept a letter from villagers affected by the Bank-backed Pak Mun Dam.

15 April 2000

Land

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CASE prawn-farm study

The World Bank’s project to improve the integration of the environment in its Country Assistance Strategies has a component to examine decisions made in environmental management which have had significant negative or positive impacts on economic development.

15 December 1999

Infrastructure

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Thai dam compensation demanded

The World Bank should compensate communities affected by the Pak Mun Dam in Thailand, argues a new report by International Rivers Network.

15 December 1999

Infrastructure

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TOP SECRET: Bank strategy on Asian private infrastructure

The impact of the East Asia crisis on private infrastructure projects has been comparatively little discussed.

15 December 1999

IFI governance

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World Bank operations in China, Pakistan examined

In November the Bretton Woods Project filed a submission to the International Development Committee inquiry into British aid to China and Pakistan.

15 December 1999

Conditionality

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WB-IMF orthodoxy rivalled by Asian Development Bank

The Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI), led by its new head Masaru Yoshitomi, has mounted an attack on the IMF’s use of conventional policies for dealing with the crisis in Asia and plans to hold meetings and seminars to challenge the IMF’s approach at the Bank/Fund annual meetings.

15 September 1999

Accountability

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IMF and Bank failed to spot Indonesia corruption

The International NGO Forum on Indonesian Development (INFID) has criticised the Bank and Fund for failing to properly supervise the use of loan funds which were intended to help refinance the shattered banking sector.

15 September 1999

Rights

News

Call to halt aid after Timorese massacres

Massacres perpetrated and condoned by the Indonesian army have led to calls to halt World Bank and IMF aid programmes to Indonesia.

15 September 1999

Land

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Oil-Palm Watch

Indonesian NGOs, concerned about the spread of oil palm plantations since the onslaught of the crisis, have formed “Sawat (Oil Palm) Watch”.

15 September 1999