World Bank

The World Bank is an international organization comprised and governed by 188 national governments. It makes loans to developing countries to finance development projects, from road construction to land policy reform. The World Bank is currently revising its safeguard policies, including those designed to protect local indigenous peoples and their environments. While these policies provide critical protections, they fall below international human rights standards, such as those in the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. The policies also are in many cases not effectively implemented. As a result, indigenous peoples continue to be harmed by World Bank-financed projects. The World Bank safeguard review provides a unique opportunity to improve the practices of the Bank and to help ensure that development works for indigenous peoples, not against us.

2011-2016 Safeguard Policies Review Process

2011 Program for Results Policy Development

Previous Safeguard Policies Review Processes

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