Vice President of Operations Policy and Country Services
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Re: Environmental and Social Standards Guidance Notes
Dear Ms. Ferro,
We wish to express our deep concerns with the current draft Guidance Notes for Borrowers recently released by the World Bank for public comment. While we appreciate the opportunity to finally review and comment on these Notes, our understanding of their aim and scope has not been realized.
GENEVA (14 September 2017) – The World Bank’s commitment to development can and should go beyond financing mega-projects and proactively support smaller, inclusive projects likely to create employment while advancing human rights and environmental protection, a United Nations rights expert has urged.
World Bank fuels land grabs in Africa through shadowy financial sector investments
Oakland, CA—The World Bank Group has indirectly financed some of Africa’s most notorious land grabs, according to a report by a group of international development watchdogs. The World Bank’s private-sector arm, the International Finance Corporation (IFC), is enabling and profiting from these projects by outsourcing its development funds to the financial sector.
Oakland, CA—As the World Bank Group’s spring meetings get underway in Washington, DC, the Bank’s complicity in corporate grabbing of land and natural resources around the world has become more blatant than ever.
di Marta Gatti
Spinti dal lobbing dei giganti dell’agrochimica, sempre più paesi africani introducono leggi che favoriscono il settore privato, la registrazione di varietà ibride e che puniscono con multe salate e addirittura con il carcere chi scambia sementi protette. In nome dello sviluppo agricolo industriale si sacrifica l’inestimabile patrimonio delle varietà selezionate dai contadini.
The world seed market currently lies in the hands of only six agribusinesses transnationals.
A host of concerned organizations and individuals have come out in opposition to a corporate-backed plan by the World Bank to control the world's seed industry. The groups say that the wide-reaching plan will strip farmers of their rights to seeds and food.
Oakland, CA—Ahead of World Bank’s release of the 2017 “Enabling the Business of Agriculture” (EBA) report this month, 157 organizations and academics from around the world denounce the Bank’s scheme to hijack farmers’ right to seeds, attack on food sovereignty and the environment.
Depuis la crise des matières premières de 2008, la Banque Mondiale a mis en place plusieurs initiatives sensées améliorer la sécurité alimentaire. Mais certaines sont directement associées aux grandes entreprises de l'agro-industrie et semblent privilégier les intérêts de ces dernières.
Displacing pastoralists, displacing smallholder farmers, arresting and charging them as terrorists if they protest - and the land is given away to foreign investors to grow what? Sugar and cotton. Imagine trucks full of food aid coming into Ethiopia, while trucks full of cotton and sugar are leaving the country. Hunger in Africa is not caused by the fact that Africans don't know how to grow food. Hunger in Africa is a political problem.
A new report exposes how Western AID agencies including Bill Gates' are supporting controversial agribusiness policies in developing countries, especially in Africa.
Prominent Western AID donors are supporting industrial agriculture companies at the expense of local and family farmers throughout Africa, according to a new report published on Tuesday by the Oakland Institute.
Oakland, CA—The Unholy Alliance, Five Western Donors Shape a Pro-Corporate Agenda for African Agriculture, a new report released today by the Oakland Institute, exposes how a coalition of four donor countries and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is shaping a pro-business environment in the agricultural sector of developing countries, especially in Africa.
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April 12, 2016
Contact: Anuradha Mittal, email@example.com
Oakland, CA—World Bank accountability on forced resettlements resulting from its programs must be front and center at its spring meetings, taking place this week in Washington DC.
I was taught that responsibility means admitting your mistakes and being accountable when you make a mistake. I still believe this to be true for individuals and institutions. So when a powerful group like the World Bank makes a mistake, I expect it to be accountable for its wrong-doings, and to do everything possible to make sure those mistakes don’t happen again.
Unfortunately, this couldn’t be farther from reality.
Moral Bankruptcy: World Bank Reinvents Tainted Aid Program for Ethiopia, a new report released today by the Oakland Institute, exposes the shameful reinvention of one of the Bank’s most problematic programs in Ethiopia.
The report also reveals that the US Treasury violated congressional law when voting in favor of this program.
A $600 million World Bank loan to Ethiopia’s authoritarian government lacks proper oversight and “reinvents” a previous loan that was used by the Ethiopian regime to finance violent evictions of indigenous people, a new report by the human rights advocacy group The Oakland Institute charges.
Alice Martin Prevel
Lima was the host, in October 2015, of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank annual meetings. The two Bretton Woods institutions, criticized for their record of lowering social and environmental conditions, seek to showcase Peru as a success of their neoliberal policies and reforms to the rest of the world.
Pablo Reyes Prado
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank (WB) have appeared around here after over 40 years is not free. And unless they have done so at a meeting of scale in our capital with the excuse that they are the role model worldwide, that as a nation we have managed to overcome the vicissitudes of the economic crisis thanks to the implementation of the policies recommended two international organizations.
Michael S. Wilson
A diverse group of protestors raise issues about extractivism and the Trans Pacific Partnership during a conference that paralleled IMF/World Bank meetings
The 2015 World Bank and IMF meetings begin tomorrow in Peru. It’s been nearly 50 years since the last time the joint meetings were held in Latin America. Some agenda items will center on issues like climate change, global poverty and refugees. But some critics of World Bank/IMF policies believe choosing Peru for the gathering was a cynical decision. Ahead of the meetings, the research NGO, Oakland Institute, released a new report on the failures of World Bank/IMF policies in Latin America. We’ll talk with Frédéric Mousseau, policy director at the Oakland Institute.
The World Bank praised the development model of Peru despite flagrant violations of human and environmental rights.
Peru is organizing the 2015 Annual Meetings of the World Bank Group and the International Monetary Fund, making it the first Latin American country to do so since 1967.
The World Bank praises the Peruvian development model despite blatant environmental and human rights violations.
As a promoter and financer of large-scale land investments in agriculture, the World Bank Group has been accused by campaigners on land rights issues as key driver of land grabbing in the developing world.
With the help of international aid, foreign land grabs in the Gambella region of Ethiopia have resulted in environmental degradation, more severe economic and social inequality, and human rights abuses, according to a new study by the Oakland Institute. We Say The Land Is Not Yours collects testimony from victims of “villagization,” a policy of forced displacement started under the military Derg dictatorship and, ac
Executive Director of the Oakland Institute Anuradha Mittal and her team have worked for years on land, food and environment issues in regions around the Earth. Oakland Institute recently joined the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists in exposing World Bank actions involving land grabs/acquisitions by foreign investors in Ethiopia which have resulted in tens of thousands of small farmers becoming forcibly evicted from their land.
According to the UN’s Trade and Environment Review, food security, poverty, gender inequality, and climate change can all be collectively addressed with a systemic paradigm shift away from giant monoculture agriculture to localized organic farms. But to address where we need to be, we must first understand where we are. As such, I’d like to focus in on the issue of land grabs.