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  • Evicted and Abandoned: The World Bank’s Broken Promise to the Poor

    Evicted and Abandoned is a global investigation that reveals how the World Bank Group, the powerful development lender committed to ending poverty, has regularly failed to follow its own rules for protecting vulnerable populations. The Center for Public Integrity’s International Consortium of Investigative Journalists teamed with the Huffington Post, the GroundTruth Project, the Investigative Fund, the Guardian and more than 20 other news organizations to develop this series of stories. In all, more than 80 journalists from 21 countries worked together to document the bank’s lapses and show their consequences for people around the globe. The reporting team traveled to affected communities in more than a dozen countries – including indigenous hamlets in the Peruvian Andes, fishing settlements along India’s northwest coast and a war-scarred village in Kosovo’s coal-mining belt. http://projects.huffingtonpost.com/projects/worldbank-evicted-abandoned
  • Can You Fight Poverty With A Five-Star Hotel?

    My story is about the World Bank’s private investing arm, the International Finance Corporation, the IFC. It reveals that the IFC is a profit-oriented, deal-driven organization that not only fails to fight poverty, its stated mission, but may exacerbate it in its zeal to earn a healthy return on investment. The article details my investigation through hundreds of primary source and other documents, dozens of interviews around the world and my trip to Ghana to see many projects first-hand, to recount that the IFC hands out billions in cut-rate loans to wealthy tycoons and giant multinationals in some of the world’s poorest places. My story details the IFC’s investments with a who’s who of giant multinational corporations: Dow Chemical, DuPont, Mitsubishi, Vodafone, and many more. It outlines that the IFC funds fast-food chains like Domino's Pizza in South Africa and Kentucky Fried Chicken in Jamaica. It invests in upscale shopping malls in Egypt, Ghana, the former Soviet republics, Eastern Europe, and Central Asia. It backs candy-shop chains in Argentina and Bangladesh; breweries with global beer behemoths like SABMiller and with other breweries in the Czech Republic, Laos, Romania, Russia, and Tanzania; and soft-drink distribution for the likes of Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, and their competitors in Cambodia, Ethiopia, Mali, Russia, South Sudan, Uzbekistan, and more. The criticism of most such investments -- from a broad array of academics, watchdog groups and local organizations in the poor countries themselves -- is that these investments make little impact on poverty and could just as easily be undertaken without IFC subsidies. In some cases, critics contend, the projects hold back development and exacerbate poverty, not to mention subjecting affected countries to pollution and other ills.
  • "Black Money"

    This investigative report reveals that a "trillion dollars in bribes," are paid each year regardless of an international anti-bribery treaty that is in place. The bribes, also known as "black money," are used by "multinational companies" to get overseas business. The bribes cause a break in the "stability of governments" and "distort the marketplace."
  • Cleaning Up the World Bank

    The U.S. World Bank is most important atni-poverty institution that operates in countries trying to develop, but it is also a starting place for corruption. Over an estimated $100 billion has been lost due to corruption over the years. The acts of mid-level bank employee Leslie Jean-Robert Peans highlight the extent of the corruption; he joined the bank when he had $10 in a savings account, but was soon seen handing out $100 bills like change.
  • The Politics of Oil

    This investigation is basically a comprehensive examination of the political influence of the international oil industry. The Center for Public Integrity found that "Big Oil" has spent more than $440 million in the past 6 years on politicians and lobbyists in Washington. Oil companies from Indonesia, Venezuela, and the OPEC countries, among others, spent millions to enlist such Washington insiders as Bob Dole to protect their interests with the US government.
  • The Birth of a Movement: The New Face of Protest

    A collection of articles by The Village Voice examining if there is a new activist movement and if so, who are the activists and what do they hope to accomplish. The three-month project was done in the wake of mass demonstrations against the World Trade Organization in Seattle, against the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund in Washington, D.C., and against police brutality in New York City. "The staff found that the movement is composed of large numbers of citizens, with different agendas, but united in their rage over economic injustice."
  • Against the Workers; Privatization Tidal Wave; Dubious Development; The Power of Protest

    The Multinational Monitor examines how poor nations are forced to bear "the burden of the IMF and World Bank." The story package looks at different aspects of the interactions between the international financial institutions and the developing countries governments. The articles give voice to critics who find that the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank policies undermine labor power and rights; that the two institutions' common requirement for increasing electricity and water tariffs in loan-receiving countries makes the poor pay the price; that the International Financial Corporation (IFC) "prioritizes the pursuit of profit over economic justice, social or environmental concerns."
  • The Global Willowbrook

    The story documents a small organization called Mental Disability Rights International, which travels worldwide to document the treatment of the mentally disabled. The group's aim is to get the U.S., European nations, the U.N. and the World Bank to include the care of mental patients among the other human rights when considering foreign aid and trade decisions.
  • U.S. Support for Tobacco Overseas: Going Out of Business?

    This article examines "... has U.S. support for tobacco abroad really ended? Six years after an interagency task force was created to formulate a coherent tobacco platform, U.S. policy on tobacco overseas is as clouded as ever. ...discusses new legislative and administrative efforts to limit U.S. support for tobacco companies abroad."
  • Winning the War Against Malaria

    Every 12 seconds, a child dies of malaria. Technology Review reports that new initiatives to prevent and treat malaria could save the lives of one-fourth of these children by the turn of the century.