Rights

Rights

News

Bank adjustment directive under discussion

The World Bank is revising its Operational Directive for Structural Adjustment Lending.

15 December 1999

Rights

News

Bank resettlement policy conversion

In July some NGOs received letters from Maninder Gill at the World Bank seeking comments on the proposed conversion of its Operational Directive (OD) on Resettlement.

15 September 1999

Rights

News

UK committee criticises Bank and Fund over conflict roles

The UK International Development Select Committee of MPs has criticised the IMF and Bank for failing to raise concerns with the Rwandan government about the discrimination and intimidation of Tutsis prior to the civil war.

15 September 1999

Land

News

Oil-Palm Watch

Indonesian NGOs, concerned about the spread of oil palm plantations since the onslaught of the crisis, have formed “Sawat (Oil Palm) Watch”.

15 September 1999

Rights

News

Call to halt aid after Timorese massacres

Massacres perpetrated and condoned by the Indonesian army have led to calls to halt World Bank and IMF aid programmes to Indonesia.

15 September 1999

Conditionality

News

Strikers in Colombia in protest at IMF and debt

In late August Colombian labour unions began an indefinite national strike in protest at the government’s political, social, and economic agenda and calling on the government to declare a moratorium on the payment of its internal and external debt.

15 September 1999

Rights

News

Major Bank pollution prevention handbook out

After 5 years of preparation the World Bank and IFC have jointly published a Pollution Prevention and Abatement Handbook.

15 September 1999

Rights

News

Bank/NGO communications strategy assessed

The Bank’s NGO Unit has commissioned a needs assessment of communications strategies between the World Bank and Civil Society Organizations (CSOs).

15 September 1999

Rights

News

China arrests project monitors

On 15 August the Chinese Government arrested three people for trying to investigate the World Bank Western Poverty Project.

15 September 1999

Rights

News

Civil society engagement in Consultative Groups

UK NGO Christian Aid has begun a research project on the role of civil society groups in Consultative Group and Round Table donor coordination and planning bodies.

15 September 1999