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The Struggle for Accountability: The World Bank, NGOs and Grassroots Movements

Series: Global Environmental Accord Series

Edited By: Jonathan A Fox and L David Brown

570 pages, Figs, tabs

MIT Press

Paperback | Sep 1998 | #86273 | ISBN: 0262561174
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Hardback | Dec 1998 | #86272 | ISBN: 0262061996
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After a history of funding environmentally costly megaprojects, the World Bank now claims that it is trying to become a leading force for sustainable development. For more than a decade, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) and grassroots movements have formed transnational coalitions to reform the World Bank and the governments that it funds. This book assesses the efforts of these groups to make the World Bank more publicly accountable.

The search for accountability in international institutions is a key topic in today's global agenda. This work provides a variety of useful and important examples of efforts to increase transparency and accountability in World Bank operations. --Dr. Alvaro UmaA±a, Chairman, World Bank Inspection Panel


Part 1 Actors: partnership advocacy in World Bank environmental reform, David A. Wirth; critical cooperation influencing the World Bank through policy dialogue and operational cooperation, Jane G. Covey. Part 2 Bank projects: Indonesia - the struggle of the people of Kedung Ombo, Augustinus Rumansara; the Philippines - against the peoples' wishes - the Mt. Apo story, Antoinette G. Royo; planofloro in Rondonia 0 the limits of leverage, Margaret E. Keck; Ecuador -structural adjustment and indigenous and environmentalist resistance, Kay Treakle. Part 3 Bank policies: development policy - development protest - the World Bank, indigenous peoples, and NGOs, Andrew Gray; when does reform policy influence practice? lessons from the Bankwide Resettlement Review, Jonathan, A. Fox; reforming the World Bank's lending for water - the process and outcomes of developing a water resources management policy, Deborah Moore, Leonard Sklar; the World Bank and public accountability - has anything changed? Lori Udall. Part 4 Conclusions: accountability within transnational coalitions, L. David Brown, Jonathan Fox; assessing the impact of NGO advocacy campaigns on World Bank projects and policies, Jonathan A. Fox, L. David Brown.

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Jonathan A. Fox is Professor in the Latin American and Latino Studies Department atthe University of California, Santa Cruz.

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