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World Bank Pursues Mining Goals Despite Civil Society Objections

The World Bank has been involved in beginning mining projects in Haiti. This, despite 92 civil society organizations signing a letter to World Bank outlining the issues with mining in Haiti and their desire to be included in mining-related decisions. The World Bank rejected their claims and continues to be involved with the mining sector. This article also discusses World Bank involvement in mining in Honduras and Armenia.

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World Bank support for mining expansion criticised

Bretton Woods Project
March 31, 2015

Mining protest in Haiti, November 2014. Credit: Peterson Derolus

Despite civil society criticism of World Bank-supported large-scale mining activities, the Bank is still involved in controversial extractives projects (see Observer Summer 2014Bulletin Dec 2013). Local and international campaigners argue that, through technical assistance, the Bank facilitates the opening up of countries’ extractive industries to transnational companies over supporting domestic industry; and doing so without providing governments with the tools to adequately protect marginalised communities against harmful social and environmental consequences of projects originating from Bank technical support.

Haiti: CSOs concerned by Bank’s role

Since 2013 the Bank has provided technical assistance to the Haitian government in drafting new mining laws intended to increase foreign investment in the sector under the Extractive Industries Technical Advisory Facility (see Bulletin Dec 2013). In March, a letter to Bank president Jim Yong Kim, signed by 92 civil society organisations and individuals, expressed deep concern that the Bank “is helping to develop Haiti’s mining sector, an inherently high-risk industry, without applying any social or environmental standards to ensure transparency and meaningful public participation.”

 

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