A letter from Haitian solidarity NGOs, faith groups and academics was sent to president Wolfowitz in August to protest the Bank's mis-portrayal of the situation in the country.
The International Finance Corporation, the Bank's private-sector arm, has brought in labour mediators in an attempt to resolve a dispute that threatens to leave hundreds of employees at an IFC-funded plant in Haiti without work.
Thirty-four union members at a free-trade zone plant financed by the IFC - laid off for over six weeks - were reinstated on 14 April.
The IFC committed $20 million to an industrial park in a Haitian free trade zone on 15 January, after an independent investigator found that "the project deserves continued strong support given its development impact, even if some wrongdoing was demonstrated."
The International Finance Corporation approved a loan of $20 million to the Dominican Republic's largest Export Processing Zone operator, Grupo M, for a new development on the border with Haiti.
Within weeks of the first factory opening at a free trade zone which the IFC is considering supporting, workers have been fired for asking for improved working conditions and employees have been forbidden to organise.
The Board of the International Finance Corporation, the World Bank’s private-sector arm, is in the final stages of approval for a loan for development of the first of a series of proposed free trade zones along the border between Haiti and the Dominican Republic.
As 80% of the money the World Bank uses to make its loans actually comes from the sale of bonds to institutional investors (pension funds, universities, municipalities, etc.