The World Bank should compensate communities affected by the Pak Mun Dam in Thailand, argues a new report by International Rivers Network.
A dozen major international dam-building companies involved in the World Bank-funded Lesotho Highlands Water Project (LHWP) have lavishly bribed a top official on the project, allegedly giving nearly US$2 million in bribes over ten years.
In July, rising transport and fuel prices in Ecuador led to strikes and public protests, and an up-rising by thousands of indigenous people who are also concerned about privatisation plans.
The Bank is due to decide in the next few weeks whether to support the Chad-Cameroon oil pipeline.
The World Bank’s energy policy paper will come to the Board on 20 July, following two and a half years of discussions.
In early June the World Bank rushed to defend the proposed China Western Poverty Project from charges that it would disrupt the lives of ethnic Tibetans and had undergone too limited environmental scrutiny.
Construction has restarted on the Sardar Sarovar (Narmada) dam, Western India, after a decision by the Supreme Court.
In February the World Bank’s Board cleared a $210 million dollar loan to the state of Andhra Pradesh, India after the United States Government decided to stop blocking the loan.
The World Commission on Dams has nearly completed its workplan and selected consultants to lead work on the thematic reviews.
Cameroonian and Chadian groups are appealing for support during the last few crucial months before the World Bank decides whether to support the Chad-Cameroon oil pipeline project.