The World Bank has finished consultations on its partnership initiative to “put committed governments and their people at the centre of the development process” and agreed some action steps for the next few months.
A new official report has criticised the Bank’s record in overseeing the resettlement of people displaced by projects it supports.
In September over 50 NGOs from 15 countries made recommendations to the World Bank on the environment.
In October the Bank Information Center held a strategy meeting for 80 people from NGOs and foundations concerned about the World Bank.
Andra Pradesh, India, has been the testing ground for a precedent-setting
A two-part TV programme giving a behind the scenes look at World Bank/IMF negotiations in Uganda has just been screened in the UK.
In 1997 the IFC commissioned a welcome review of its objectives following pressure from NGOs and some Executive Directors who argued that it emphasised deal-making in response to the private sector at the expense of any clear focus on poverty alleviation or environmental protection.
A joint NGO letter recently helped prevent a plan by World Bank Managing Directors to axe the Environmentally and Socially Sustainable Development Vice Presidency (ESSD).
The World Bank has established an East Asia Crisis working group to tackle some of the social aspects of the financial crisis.
The Bank has now accepted that its Forest Policy Implementation Review will look at effects on forests of its non-forest lending, and that its Operations Evaluation Department will do some of the field studies.