Rights

IFI governance

News

Bank study finds adjustment impact studies inadequate

A leaked May 1999 draft Bank review of structural and sectoral adjustment loans severely criticises their treatment of environmental and social issues.

15 June 1999

Infrastructure

News

Chad-Cameroon discussions reach peak

The Bank is due to decide in the next few weeks whether to support the Chad-Cameroon oil pipeline.

15 June 1999

Rights

News

Bank specialist assesses NGO networks

Kathy Bain, Latin America civil society specialist at the World Bank, has written a draft paper on The Accountability of Trans-National NGO Networks in Policy Alliances with the World Bank.

15 June 1999

Environment

News

Exchange highlights continuing Bank resettlement problems in India

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.

15 March 1999

Rights

News

Post-crisis social code diluted to weak Bank principles

There is danger that the aims and scope of the social principles (formerly the Social Code), which was proposed by Gordon Brown as a fourth pillar of the new international architecure, will be watered down to become simply a framework for the Bank’s social policy.

15 March 1999

IFI governance

News

New criticisms of the Bank’s resettlement record

A new official report has criticised the Bank’s record in overseeing the resettlement of people displaced by projects it supports.

15 December 1998

Rights

News

IFC policies confirmed

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.

15 December 1998

IFI governance

News

The future of NGO World Bank strategy discussed

In October the Bank Information Center held a strategy meeting for 80 people from NGOs and foundations concerned about the World Bank.

15 December 1998

Rights

News

Green project causes plant closure

Bulgarian NGOs are angry about the sale of a major copper smelter to a Belgian company as part of a World Bank environment project.

15 September 1998

Rights

News

Bank boss meets rights groups

Leading human rights NGOs met World Bank President Wolfensohn in June.

15 September 1998