(February 18, 2000) JAKARTA (JP): We feel we have met you, know you and dream the same things as you and many of us have faith in you. We have waited for your coming. We have sent letters to you but the response has been that you are too busy. We have wanted to meet you to discuss our problems and explain what you can do for us, but we are confronted by a wall. Every minute of your time has been organized for you and there is no space left for us.
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Environmental threats to the Mekong Delta
(February 17, 2000) Fiona Miller explains how the implementation of the programme will multiply the environmental problems confronting people living in the Mekong Delta.
Claim WB-funded dams ruined stocks
(February 17, 2000) About 300 angry people from the Forum of the Poor set fire to traditional fishing gear outside the Unctad venue yesterday in protest against the World Bank’s funding of dam construction.
Four Mekong Basin governments funded to cooperate
(February 14, 2000) Sustainable water management in the Mekong River Basin, and protection for the environment, aquatic life, and the ecological balance of the basin is receiving an $11 million influx of funding from the Global Environment Facility. The project aims to bring the four downstream nations together for improved and sustainable basin management.
Letter to Mr. James Wolfensohn The President of The World Bank from Affected Villagers by Pak Mun Dam
(February 14, 2000) We, representatives of the villagers affected by the Pak Mun Dam and Assembly of the poor, write to you from Mae Mun Man Yuen 1 village on the banks of the Mun river next to the Pak Mun dam.
World Bank provides grant to help protect Mekong River Basin
(February 14, 2000) The World Bank announced Monday that it has approved a Global Environment Facility grant of 11 million U.S. dollars to support the Mekong River Commission ( MRC) in promoting and improving sustainable water management in the Mekong River Basin, as well as protecting the environment, aquatic life, and the ecological balance of the region. The MRC is an inter-governmental organization of the four lower Mekong Basin states: Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, and Vietnam.
GMS power to kick-start Laos Dam project
(February 12, 2000) After two years of delay, GMS Power Co aims to kick-start its Nam Ngum III hydropower project in Laos and is looking for foreign partners and financing with the hope of beginning construction early next year.
World Bank visits Pak Mun dam site – Villagers reject Bank’s offer of development
(February 5, 2000) Last Monday, 31 January 2000, World Bank Thai Country Director, Mr. J. Shivakumar, together with representatives from the World Bank’s Thailand Country Department, visited Mae Mun Man Yuen 1, the protest village established at the Pak Mun dam site.
Smt. Jayawanti Mehta holds talks with world bank officials
(February 3, 2000) Minister of State for Power Smt. Jayawanti Mehta led a team of power sector professionals and developers to USA to attend conferences in Washington DC …
The impact of debt burden on women
(Febraury 2, 2000) The early 1980’s financial crisis faced by many countries in the
South had unpayable debt service as the immediate cause that was
precipitated by the tight money policies in the rich countries that
drastically hiked international interest rates. The debt debate ignores
the fact that debts were contracted as a result of borrowing by
undemocratic governments that were not mandated by the people.
Probe Alert Winter 2000
News brief: Salween dams
Basic Facts and Economics: Nam Theun 2
(February 1, 2000) Basic Facts about the dam.
Dealing with Iraq’s foreign indebtedness
(February 1, 2000) Wajeeh Elali proposes a pragmatic debt-management strategy for Iraq. On the topic "Who is to blame?" Elali includes the "imprudent lending practices" of some western and Arab creditors.
Probe Alert February 2000
In the last remaining tropical rainforest of Colombia’s Caribean coast, te Embera Katio indigenous people are fighting for their survival and for compensation for the destruction of their rainforest. The Urra dam, built in part with financing from Canada’s Export Development Corporation, is the cause of their woes.
This report is a first attempt to increase understanding of the social impacts of environmentally-driven trade.