15 OCTOBER 2007


-The Background-

The World Bank is being criticised more strongly than ever by donor and borrower governments as well as civil society organisations and local communities for increasing rather than reducing poverty by imposing harmful economic policy conditions; for environmental devastation; for contributing to conflict; and for failing to respect local peoples’ rights.
2007 is the year where donor governments negotiate the 15th replenishment of funds to the concessional arm of the World Bank, the International Development Association (IDA), and also the year in which the World Bank is developing its 'Clean Energy Investment Framework'.
In various regions, alternatives to the World Bank are being discussed or even established, such as the Bank of the South in Latin America. It is the right time for a new Hearing!

-The Hearing-

On October 15 2007, Witnesses from all Southern continents will give testimony of the
impacts of World Bank policies and practices, especially in the areas of conditionalities and fossil fuel project funding. Well-known and respected experts will listen to testimonies from all parts of the world about the impact of World Bank financing and ask questions. In the
evening, the expert panel will convene to draft a declaration to be presented in a press conference the next morning.

The conclusions of the Oct 15 Hearing will put donor governments under pressure to set more precise objectives for how taxpayers’ aid money should be spent, and to withdraw their contributions to the World Bank if real change is not happening.
The documentation of the Hearing will also provide a solid source for an intensive debate about the future of the IFIs, the current development model and potential alternatives.

There will be live video streamlining for the entire event on
Already now you can cast a vote on the website to tell your development minister to act now and to seriously question World Bank policies.


15th October 2007

9.15-9.45 Introduction

Overview of the history of the World Bank with reference to the
Tribunals in 1988 and 1995, and the reasons for this Update Hearing

Lidy Nacpil (Jubilee South, Philippines), Antonio Tricarico (CRBM, Italy)

9.45- 10 Artist presentation

10-16 Testimonies on the impact of privatisation, liberalisation and
fossil fuel project funding with questions from the expert panel

Gonzalo Salgado, National Consumer Defence Network, Nicaragua
Miguel Palacin, CONACAMI Peru
Azhar Lashary, Action Aid Pakistan
Temo Tamboura from, CAD Mali
Svetlana Anosova, Berezovka Initiative Group, Kazakhstan
Michael Karikpo, Environmental Rights Action, Nigeria

Expert Panel:
Maartje van Putten (Former member of the World Bank Inspection Panel)
Francesco Martone (Senator, Italy)
Elmar Altvater (Political economist Germany)
Medha Patkar (Founder of the National Alliance of People's Movements, India)
Charles Abugre (Development Economist, Ghana)

16-16.30 Video interview with Bert Koenders, Dutch Development Minister

16.30-17 Concluding remarks and looking forward by the President of the Expert Panel

Reception with music from the Philippines

Venue: Nutshuis, Riviervismarkt 5, The Hague, Netherlands*

Information, registration and live internet streaming at
Friends of the Earth International, Tel +31 20 622 13 69, Eurodad, Tel +32 2 543 90 60