World Bank in the dark about where its money goes

Campaigning for change article written on the 15 Feb 2013

The World Bank doesn’t know the environmental and social impact of the almost $20 billion it lends to private companies.

A recent audit revealed that the World Bank’s private sector lending arm, the IFC, “knows very little” about the impacts of its financial market lending, which accounts for 40% of its portfolio.

The IFC has a stated objective to reduce global poverty and to ensure that its actions do not result in harm to communities and the environment, but the audit confirms Oxfam’s concerns that the World Bank can’t demonstrate whether its lending has a positive or negative effect on poor communities.

Oxfam’s GROW campaign has been calling on the World Bank to put a temporary freeze on the financing of big land deals in developing countries, which often result in the eviction of poor people from the land they are living or working on.

Oxfam is urging the IFC to improve transparency and ensure its loans do not put poor people at risk of land grabs.

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