Land Rights

World Bank in spotlight

As the World Bank considers supplying fresh loans to Cambodia, a new study uses the country as exhibit A for how the financier effectively sponsors corporate land grabs at the expense of the rural poor it purportedly helps.

Three years ago, the bank’s own inspectors found it complicit in one of the largest forced evictions in Cambodia: More than 20,000 people were ousted from their homes at Boeung Kak lake after a bank-supported program denied the families land titles.

World Bank, Listen! The “Doing Business” Approach to Agriculture Needs to End

As the World Bank representatives gather in Washington D.C. October 10-12, 2014, will it be business as usual, or will the Bank finally pay heed to a growing movement demanding food sovereignty?

'Creative resistance' protests planned for 'anti-poor' development confab

Oct. 6 (GIN) – Farmers, indigenous peoples and other social justice groups will be taking to the streets this week in 10 cities, calling for an end to ruinous business-driven development plans for poor countries around the world. 

According to the "Our Land Our Business" campaign, millions of people are being thrown off their land because large corporations have been given special rights. Showing their disapproval, participants will stage "creative resistance" outside the World Bank's annual meeting in Washington, D.C. and in other cities from Oct. 10 to 11.

World Versus Bank: The Return of the World Bank and the People's Resistance

If one was to do some superficial digging on the World Bank, you may get the impression that the Bank is a pure "development" organization, working exclusively in the interest of the public to reduce poverty and inequality. Indeed, the Bank's tagline is, "A world without poverty." But dig just a little deeper and the contours of a deep and extreme ideology become apparent.

Global Activists To Protest World Bank Policies Leading To Land Grabs and Displacement Of Small Farmers

On October 10, 2014, NGOs, farmers' groups, and indigenous organizations from across the world are coming together as part of the Our Land Our Business campaign to denounce the World Bank's Doing Business rankings.

Sugar, Land Grabs and Human Rights

When you look at Western news sources today (such as the New York Times) and search for articles on Ethiopia, not much has been covered in the past year unless it’s related to our national security. The most recent article about Ethiopia in the Times (which was posted today) is not about Ethiopia at all, but rather remembering the shooting at the Westgate Mall in Kenya a year ago and about combating the Somalia-based terrorist group Al Shabab.

Tierras de labor transnacionales

La tierra quema en las manos. Entre 2001 y 2011, según el think tank californiano Oakland Institute, algo más de dos millones de kilómetros cuadrados de campo —una superficie ligeramente mayor que la de México— fueron vendidos o alquilados en Estados en vías de desarrollo a Gobiernos y empresas de los países ricos. En muchos casos, a expensas de la seguridad alimentaria y de los derechos adquiridos durante décadas por las poblaciones locales.

WorldvBank communiqué de presse

Pour diffusion immédiate: lundi 6 octobre 2014

Frédéric Mousseau,, +1 510-512-5458


Paysans et ONGs descendent dans les rues dans plus d’une dizaine de villes pour exiger la fin des politiques de développement corrompues de la Banque Mondiale

The World Bank's Bad Business in Uruguay

In the years following the 2001 economic crisis, the World Bank has used Uruguay as the poster child of an economy that has become stronger after following its development model. The Bank pushed for financial sector changes, including developing capital markets (the buying and selling of long term debt and other mechanisms) to improve the investment climate in the country. At the 88th position out of 189 countries, Uruguay enjoys a “good” score in the 2014 World Bank Doing Business rankings. This ranking reflects Uruguay’s efforts to follow the directives of the Bank’s investment climate team, which provides advisory services to the country. The current 2010-2015 strategy of the World Bank aims to help Uruguay further reform its economy and deliver greater competitiveness. One key pillar of the Country Partnership Strategy is to provide financial support for export-oriented agribusiness. It includes a Bank lending program of approximately $700 million, together with an active International Finance Corporation (IFC) program—private lending arm of the World Bank Group—and advisory services. All three of the IFC’s active investment projects in Uruguay are in export-oriented agribusiness companies.