The IMF has outlined a new information policy.
At the half-way mark of the Bank’s controversial Coal India Environmental and Social Mitigation project local groups have criticised aspects of resettlement implementation.
In October the Bank Information Center held a strategy meeting for 80 people from NGOs and foundations concerned about the World Bank.
The International Finance Corporation has finalised its rewording of the Bank’s social and environmental policies to fit its clientele and business cycle, and many of the policies are about to be signed off by the Board.
A new official report has criticised the Bank’s record in overseeing the resettlement of people displaced by projects it supports.
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.
Bulgarian NGOs are angry about the sale of a major copper smelter to a Belgian company as part of a World Bank environment project.
The IMF is holding a meeting in late May in Ghana to explain its strategy to NGOs there.
In March the Bank Board discussed the Bank’s approach to NGOs.
In April Jane Hill, President of the American Anthropological Association, wrote a strong letter to Bank Group President James Wolfensohn and Carol Lee, IFC Vice President and General Counsel.