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Why Governments should Reject Land Commodification Efforts Orchestrated by the World Bank and the United States

The development narrative continues to be revived despite its role in driving the current crisis and the millions of livelihoods it has destroyed through displacement and dispossession. The interests of the United States, with its inordinate financial and political power over institutions like the World Bank and the IMF, play a prominent role.

Is Development for the World Bank Mainly Doing Business?

SYDNEY and KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 10 2020 (IPS) - The World Bank has finally given up defending its controversial, but influential Doing Business Report (DBR). In August, the Bank “paused” publication of the DBR due to a “number of irregularities” after its much criticized ranking system was exposed as fraudulent.

Think Tank Decries Global Push to Privatise Land

By P.K. Balachandran

One of the ugliest features of the modern world is the exploitation of natural resources for private gain, irrespective of its consequences for the environment and the larger community, especially the poor majority.

Webinar Video: Driving Dispossession

Driving Dispossession: The Global Push to “Unlock the Economic Potential of Land” is a new report from the Oakland Institute that sounds the alarm on the unprecedented wave of land privatization that is underway around the world.

Land Unchained?

Shifting land registries onto blockchain is a part of the broader move to "unlock the economic potential of land" in order to put more land and natural resources into exploitation by private interests.

World Bank Must Permanently End Ideologically Driven Doing Business Rankings

The world needs development policies that serve people and planet first, not policies that focus on economic growth at all costs.

By Andy Currier

World Bank Suspends Doing Business Report

On August 27, the World Bank announced it will "pause" the Doing Business Report (DBR) after a number of "irregularities" were found regarding data used in the 2018 and 2020 reports. This suspension, which could spell the end to nearly twenty years of the DBR, is good news for the people, the climate, and the planet.

New Laws Threaten Family Farmers and Ethnic Communities in Myanmar

The VFV Law, the Farmland Act, and the LAAR Law are designed to encourage the legal takeover of lands that millions of farmers and Indigenous people rely on for their livelihoods. The three laws are a potent combination which ensure that the practice of land grabbing – widespread in Myanmar under its previous military dictatorship – can continue, now concealed by false promises of 'economic development.'

Land Privatization: Why Sri Lanka Must Reject the MCC Compact

A recent report by the Oakland Institute examines the MCC compact with Sri Lanka and raises alarm over the irreversible consequences of embarking on land privatization – when most of the land is public in the country.

Driving Dispossession: Media Coverage

A partial listing of the media coverage generated by Driving Dispossession in the first 10 days since its publication. The PDF download includes full links to articles.