This paper about energy and women in India highlights examples from visits to NGO projects, social entrepreneurs and social movements in five Indian states over the course of three months, as well as conversations with energy and women rights experts. The paper then highlights lessons drawn from field visits and what they mean for the development community with particular focus on the World Bank.
The Bank's energy projects in Kosovo and India are being lambasted by critics for threatening livelihoods and the environment.
A June public statement by more than 70 NGOs, social movements and universities from across India opposes the Indian government's decision to commission the Bank to review anti-poverty schemes in the country, including the Public Distribution System (PDS), a subsidised national food security scheme.
As civil society groups and developing countries continue to warn against World Bank influence in the design and management of the new Green Climate Fund (GCF), further criticism is emerging of existing Bank climate initiatives.
The World Bank's current energy strategy and the Bank's review of its energy sector lending strategy within the context of climate change concerns demonstrate a skewed conception of energy access, which must be addressed.
Indian NGO Manthan Adhyayan Kendra has updated its book Water: Private, Limited.
The September jury verdict of the Independent People's Tribunal on the World Bank in India found that the Bank has "caused grievous and irreversible damage to those they intend to serve."
In September the Bank approved a $00 million loan for the 412 megawatt Rampur dam
An Indian forestry project is found to violate Bank safeguards.
The publication on 29 March of the Inspection Panel investigation into the Mumbai urban transport project has revealed that the Bank "did not comply with a number of requirements under its own policies".
Accusations emerged in late July that the World Bank had pressured the Indian government to select Price Waterhouse Coopers for advisory work undertaken as part of the Delhi Water Sector Project.
World Bank's response to the tsunami in Indonesia, Sri Lanka, India and the Maldives