MONLAR, a network of Sri Lankan people’s organisations, has written to the World Bank pointing out that social and equity issues have been overlooked, and democracy has been infringed in its pursuit of structural adjustment in Sri Lanka.
East Asia & Pacific
The worst fears of massive increases in poverty in Indonesia are “unfounded” according to a report by the World Bank, which draws on 3 new surveys on the social implications of the financial crisis.
The coordination, coverage and targetting of public works schemes in Indonesia, part of the Bank’s safety-net programme, has been poor, and resources have been diverted for other uses.
The World Bank has been criticised for taking too long to implement its safety-net programmes in Indonesia, and for failing to ensure that public works benefit the most needy.
Indonesian NGOs are setting up a major new campaign against the expansion of large-scale oil palm plantations in their country.
IBON Foundation Inc. and BAYAN (New Patriotic Alliance) are organising a conference from 8-11th November to discuss alternative strategies and paradigms to neo-liberal globalisation.
The World Bank has established an East Asia Crisis working group to tackle some of the social aspects of the financial crisis.
A World Bank conference this July in Padang, Papua New Guinea, discussed “mining and the community in South-East Asia” but many NGOs known to represent mine-affected people were not invited.
Doubts about the IMF’s capacity to deal with international currency problems are mounting as the South East Asian crisis worsens despite the IMF’s bail-out efforts.
The Nam Theun 2 (NT2) Hydroelectric Project is the largest prospective hydropower project in Lao PDR.