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

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

by Jonathan A. Fox
     
 

ISBN-10: 0262561174

ISBN-13: 9780262561174

Pub. Date: 08/19/1998

Publisher: MIT Press

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. The Struggle

Overview

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. The Struggle for
Accountability
assesses the efforts of these groups to make the World Bank more publicly accountable.The book is organized into four parts. Part I describes the NGOs and grassroots movements that are the book's central focus. Part II
presents case studies of four projects that provoked the emergence of transnational advocacy coalitions: Indonesia's Kedung Ombo dam, the Mt. Apo geothermal plant in the Philippines, Brazil's Planaforo Amazon development project, and the remarkable campaign of Ecuador's indigenous people to influence national economic policy that led to their participation in the design of a development loan. Part III looks at the origins and politics of reform in four areas of broader World Bank policy: the rights of indigenous peoples, involuntary resettlement, water resources, and the
World Bank's institutional reforms that are supposed to encourage public accountability. In the last section, the editors discuss issues of accountability within transnational coalitions and assess the impact of advocacy campaigns on World
Bank projects and policies.

ContributorsL.
David Brown, Jane G. Covey, Jonathan A. Fox, Andrew Gray, Margaret E. Keck, Deborah
Moore, Antoinette Royo, Augustinus Rumansara, Leonard Sklar, Kay Treakle, Lori
Udall, David A. Wirth.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780262561174
Publisher:
MIT Press
Publication date:
08/19/1998
Series:
Global Environmental Accord: Strategies for Sustainability and Institutional Innovation Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
586
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.50(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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