Failing to address land rights violations caused by its own programs, the World Bank launches its 17th Conference on Land and Poverty

Oakland Institute | 14 March 2016
By Alice Martin-Prével

Pastor Omot Agwa
The 17th World Bank “Conference on Land and Poverty,” bringing together governments, academics, corporations, and NGOs, gets underway on March 14, 2016, in Washington DC. Last March, members of the Our Land Our Business campaign denounced the Conference as a sham. Although the Bank holds an annual conference on land and poverty, its policies such as business indicators facilitate land grabs by forcing developing countries to adopt “business-friendly” regulations. The list is long of World Bank-funded projects in Uganda, Honduras, Cambodia, Peru and Kenya, among many other countries, which have resulted in forced evictions and human rights abuses.

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