The Bank Information Center partners with civil society in developing and transition countries to influence the World Bank and other international financial institutions to promote social and economic justice and ecological sustainability.
BIC works to advocate for economic, social, cultural, and environmental rights. Currently, our principal campaign is for the World Bank’s Safeguards review.
BIC organizes workshops on issues like access to information and coordinate on project monitoring with civil society partners around the world.
BIC monitors high-risk or otherwise problematic projects throughout the world financed by Multilateral Development Banks (MDBs) like the World Bank Group.
- PRESS RELEASE: World Bank’s Updated Safeguards a Missed Opportunity to Raise the Bar for Development Policy
This post is also available in: Spanish, ArabicDespite an unprecedented consultative process involving thousands of stakeholders from government, civil society, and the private sector, the review and update of the World Bank safeguard policies has proven to be a missed opportunity for the Bank to re...
- Proposed World Bank Safeguards aim to include stakeholders in development, but must mandate stronger protections for the riskiest projects
This post is also available in: Spanish, ArabicUnder its most recent global strategy, the World Bank committed to ramp up and systematize its citizen engagement efforts, citing research showing that effective citizen engagement contributes to increased positive development results. Consistent with...
- New World Bank Safeguards Undermine Current Protections for Forests and Forest Communities
This post is also available in: Spanish, ArabicForests are a livelihood source for an estimated 1.6 billion forest dependent peoples, many of whom are indigenous. These forest dependent peoples comprise 90% of the world’s people living in extreme poverty. It is vital that the World Bank’s safeguard...