Global Governance Spotlight 8|2013

The World Bank: Quo Vadis? Environmental and social safeguards under review

Christian Scheper

December 2013; 4 pages

Global Governance Spotlight 8|2013 (pdf-file)

For the first time, the World Bank is undertaking a comprehensive review of its environmental and social safeguard policies. This will crucially affect the future financing and design of development projects as well as the transparency of international financial institutions and the ways in which they are held accountable. The Bank’s safeguard policies set the standards needed to ensure that its development projects all over the world are socially equitable and ecologically sustainable. They also establish a duty of care for stakeholder institutions. The existing safeguard policies are inadequate and obsolete, however, and eighteen months into the two-year review process, it is still unclear if the reform will set the right policy course.

Christian Scheper, INEF Researcher, analyses the multi-faceted need for reform and gives an outlook regarding the effectiveness of the reform process.


The Global Refugee Crisis: Towards a just response


With their effort to keep refugees and migrants out of their territories, Western nations abdicate their historical and political responsibility, according to the analysis of the renowned Indian migration researcher B.S. Chimni in GLOBAL TRENDS. ANALYSIS 03|2018. Chimni therefore calls for a just response from the international community to the global refugee crisis. Such a response could only consist of a multidimensional strategy that had to be worked out in a genuine dialogue between all stakeholders.

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How to defend digital rights?


Internet freedom is threatened in many states by restrictions to net neutrality or by governments shutting down internet applications. But there are rays of hope. In different world regions, civil society is mobilizing to protect net neutrality. sef: discussed activists’ experiences from different world regions with ´Gbenga Sesan from Nigeria and Thomas Lohninger from Austria during a roundtable talk at the Deutsche Welle Global Media Forum.

Read the most important results of the discussion in our short report

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