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More odious debts for the Democratic Republic of Congo if the World Bank gets its way

World Bank President Robert Zoellick is urging the Democratic Republic of Congo to pursue better governance as a way to entice more companies to build dams in the country. In his sights are the rehabilitation of the notoriously dysfunctional Inga 1 and 2 dams. But it’s projects like these that will create more odious debts for the country’s citizens.

Obama’s plan to override Congressional conditions for US funding of World Bank is overwhelmingly rejected by lawmakers

(July 17, 2009) President Obama recently received a harsh lesson from Congress after he decided to openly ignore some of the environmental, labour and transparency regulations attached to funds allocated for the  World Bank and IMF. Worse still for the President, the indictment came from both sides of the aisle—with 429-2 voting to negate the recent signing statement.

World Bank seeks to increase lending to the developing world

(June 15, 2009) As the economic crisis continues to work its way through the global economic system, the World Bank is using the slowdown as an opportunity to increase lending to the developing world. According to the bank’s president, Robert Zoellick, the bank will increase its lending by $100 billion over the next three years. In 2009 alone, the bank plans to triple its lending from $13.5-billion to $35-billion.

World Bank lending programme suffers from “material weaknesses” in responding to fraud and corruption

(April 23, 2009) A report on the internal controls of the World Bank’s US $40 billion International Development Association (IDA) has found the current procedures for identifying and preventing fraudulent or corrupt use of aid money to be woefully inadequate. The report is the first of its kind to be done by any international development finance institution.

GAP Questions World Bank Financial Cyber-Security

(November 20, 2008) Letter Sent to Bank President Questions Failure to Sanction Misconduct (Washington, D.C) – In the wake of recent news reports demonstrating serious breaches of the World Bank’s information security system, the Government Accountability Project (GAP) has sent a letter to Bank President Robert Zoellick requesting an accounting of steps taken to address the issue.

World Bank climate funds: “a huge leap backwards”

(April 1, 2008) The recently proposed climate investment funds to be administered by the World Bank are under heavy fire for proposing a governance structure that replicates the inequities of the Bank’s board, undermines the UN framework convention on climate change (UNFCCC) and fails to clarify whether money to these funds would be additional to G8 commitments on overseas development aid. Meanwhile World Bank’s support for coal-fired power generation is on the increase.