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Human rights

In 2003, Roberto Danino, the World Bank's legal council, argued that the Bank should begin to consider non-economic issues, such as human rights, as long as it is related to projects the Bank intends to support and is done in a non-partisan manner. However, since his departure from the Bank, the gap between the rhetoric and implementation of rights has grown wider. Human rights remain visibly absent from World Bank safeguards and while the International Finance Corporation, includes some labour rights and indigenous peoples rights in its performance standards, they remain vague. This topic area covers: the impact of World Bank policies and projects on human rights, including economic and social rights, compliance mechanisms, private finance and the extractives industries. read more background...

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Alto Maipo endangers Santiago water supply Call for IFC to reject funding

Comment|Marcela Mella Ortiz|24 September 2013|url
Alto Maipo endangers Santiago water supply

Chilean civil society groups demand that a controversial hydroelectric project, which is projected to have a negative impact on environment and Santiago's supply of drinking water, be reconsidered. read article...

Memorandum to the International Development Committee Inquiry on the Future of UK Development Cooperation

Briefing|Bretton Woods Project|26 June 2013|url

In written evidence submitted to the UK parliament's International Development Committee, we argue that further reform of the World Bank is needed. read article...

An accountability mechanism without teeth? Two Albanian projects under CAO review

Comment|Agron Alibali, Lavdosh Ferruni|26 June 2013|update 86|url

The International Finance Corporation (IFC), the private sector arm of the World Bank, is under internal scrutiny for two projects in Albania. read article...

IFC financed 'land grabs' in Cambodia, Laos and Honduras exposed

News|Bretton Woods Project|26 June 2013|update 86|url

While the World Bank's leadership is further embracing private equity funds, the IFC's investment in financial intermediaries is again hitting the headlines over allegations of 'land grabs' in South East Asia and lack of respect for indigenous people's rights in Honduras. read article...

A healthy step forward? World Bank outlines vision for healthcare

News|Bretton Woods Project|26 June 2013|update 86|url

Bank president Jim Yong Kim has publicly prioritised universal health coverage and education however, critics worry about increased support for private companies to deliver these services. read article...

Ethiopia refuses Inspection Panel investigation

News|Bretton Woods Project|26 June 2013|update 86|url

Ethiopia has said that it will not cooperate in a proposed investigation by the World Bank's accountability mechanism, the Inspection Panel (IP), into a programme linked to the Bank that according to the indigenous peoples filing the complaint led to "forced villagisation". read article...

Early warning system for risky IFI projects

News|Bretton Woods Project|26 June 2013|update 86|url

US NGOs International Accountability Project and Center for International Environmental Law have launched a new Early Warning System to alert communities to projects funded by multilateral development banks that may have a negative impact on human rights. read article...

Education for all? World Bank emphasises universal education policies

News|Bretton Woods Project|26 June 2013|update 86|url

World Bank president, Jim Yong Kim has put global education on his priority list, however major ideological differences are emerging between education coalitions about whether this should be delivered through a private or public model. read article...

World Bank-led Burundi coffee privatisation challenged on human rights grounds

News|Bretton Woods Project|26 June 2013|update 86|url

In mid April two UN special rapporteurs raised the alarm about the World Bank-led privatisation of Burundi's coffee industry and called for suspension of the policy pending a full human rights-based impact assessment. read article...

UN experts call for World Bank safeguards with human rights

News|Bretton Woods Project|26 June 2013|update 86|url

In mid April four independent advisers to the UN urged that all of the World Bank's activities should be included in the Bank's safeguards review to ensure consistency with international human rights standards. read article...

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