The World Bank and new norms of development

Susan Park

in World Bank Group Interactions with Environmentalists

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print April 2010 | ISBN: 9780719079474
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781703335 | DOI:
The World Bank and new norms of development

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This chapter analyses the ‘World Bank’ comprised of the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD) and the International Development Association (IDA). It traces how transnational environmental advocacy networks (TEANs) used campaigns to oppose the Bank's operations in order to prevent or mitigate the negative environmental impacts of Bank-backed projects and provides a history of the first high profile cases of Polonoroeste in Brazil and Narmada in India where TEANs first challenged the WBG. This chapter also assesses how the networks pressured for institutional mechanisms to ensure greater environmental accountability and adherence to strengthened safeguards and examines the ongoing process of identity change within the World Bank and its affiliates.

Keywords: World Bank; IBRD; IDA; TEANs; negative environmental impacts; institutional mechanisms; environmental accountability; identity change; Brazil; India

Chapter.  24750 words. 

Subjects: Environment

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