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November 11, 2013
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By Jocelyn Medallo

The World Bank Group has a new Strategy, which outlines how it will tackle its two goals of ending extreme poverty by 2030 and promoting shared prosperity for the bottom 40 percent of the population in developing countries. As part of that Strategy, World Bank Group President Jim Kim highlighted the central role of the private sector in the Bank’s fight to end extreme poverty, saying that “engaging the private sector helps protect the interests of the poor.”

Private sector development is not a panacea to poverty. Without the necessary elements in place (for example, good governance, respect for human rights), private sector engagement can deepen the cycle of poverty. Ten years ago, the Chad-Cameroon Pipeline was one of Africa’s largest public-private development projects funded by a three-company oil consortium, the World Bank, and its private sector arm, the International Finance Corporation, with the promise that the oil revenue would be used to reduce poverty. (Read about the project here.) That promise, as predicted by the affected communities, was never fulfilled. Is this the kind of private sector project the new Strategy has in mind? Has the Bank already forgotten about the Chad-Cameroon Pipeline? Continue Reading →

Participants who work for Indepedant Accountability Mechanisms raise their hands at a recent event at the World Bank

October 15, 2013
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On the twentieth anniversary of the Inspection Panel

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June 4, 2013
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CIEL Is In Bonn! REDD+ Safeguards And Incentivizing Other Forest Benefits

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March 26, 2013
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#Whatwillittake for the World Bank to Uphold Human Rights?

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October 17, 2012
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“Land isn’t to be sold, it is to be defended”

By Amanda Kistler As we arrive in La Puya, an enormous banner spans the breadth of the roadway: “The extraction of our natural resources only means progress for the foreigners. NO TO MINING.” Past the banner at the entrance to … Continue reading

March 23, 2012
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UN Human Rights Council establishes an Independent Expert on Human Rights and the Environment

CIEL and Earthjustice, working closely with Maldives, Costa Rica and Switzerland, obtained from the UN Human Rights Council a resolution on Human Rights & Environment that establishes an Independent Expert on Human Rights and the Environment. 

September 16, 2011
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Cowboys and Aliens … and Goldcorp?

By Amanda Kistler, Guatemala Project Campaigner What does the new blockbuster hit Cowboys and Aliens (starring Harrison Ford and Daniel Craig) have in common with the Marlin Mine in Guatemala? Or rather, what do cowboys, aliens and Goldcorp all have … Continue reading

June 29, 2011
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Glacial Progress at June Climate Talks in Bonn: Public Frozen Out

By the CIEL Climate Team Despite growing evidence that the effects of climate change are occurring earlier and more dramatically than foreseen just a few years ago, the UNFCCC negotiations continue to demonstrate how difficult it is to reach agreement … Continue reading