The Struggle for Accountability: The World Bank, NGOs, and Grassroots Movements by Jonathan A. FoxThe Struggle for Accountability: The World Bank, NGOs, and Grassroots Movements by Jonathan A. Fox

The Struggle for Accountability: The World Bank, NGOs, and Grassroots Movements

EditorJonathan A. Fox, L. David Brown

Paperback | August 19, 1998

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After a history of funding environmentally costly megaprojects, the World Bank now claims that it is trying to become a leading force for sustainable development. For more than a decade, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) and grassroots movements have formed transnational coalitions to reform the World Bank and the governments that it funds. The Struggle for Accountability assesses the efforts of these groups to make the World Bank more publicly accountable.The book is organized into four parts. Part I describes the NGOs and grassroots movements that are the book's central focus. Part II presents case studies of four projects that provoked the emergence of transnational advocacy coalitions: Indonesia's Kedung Ombo dam, the Mt. Apo geothermal plant in the Philippines, Brazil's Planaforo Amazon development project, and the remarkable campaign of Ecuador's indigenous people to influence national economic policy that led to their participation in the design of a development loan. Part III looks at the origins and politics of reform in four areas of broader World Bank policy: the rights of indigenous peoples, involuntary resettlement, water resources, and the World Bank's institutional reforms that are supposed to encourage public accountability. In the last section, the editors discuss issues of accountability within transnational coalitions and assess the impact of advocacy campaigns on World Bank projects and policies.

ContributorsL. David Brown, Jane G. Covey, Jonathan A. Fox, Andrew Gray, Margaret E. Keck, Deborah Moore, Antoinette Royo, Augustinus Rumansara, Leonard Sklar, Kay Treakle, Lori Udall, David A. Wirth.

Christopher Bacon is a Researcher and Lecturer associated with the Agroecology Group as well as both the Latin American and Latino Studies and Sociology Departments, University of California at Santa Cruz
Title:The Struggle for Accountability: The World Bank, NGOs, and Grassroots MovementsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:548 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.5 inPublished:August 19, 1998Publisher:The MIT PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0262561174

ISBN - 13:9780262561174


From Our Editors

In the past, the World Bank has been an infamous backer of environmentally damaging projects. Since the 1990s, it has changed its focus to concentrate on promoting sustainable development. The Struggle for Accountability examines the non-governmental organizations and grassroots groups that have come together to help guide this new mission. The volume uses case studies, profiles and historical data to analyze the effects and effectiveness of the changes.

Editorial Reviews

The search for accountability in international institutions is a keytopic in today's global agenda. This work provides a variety ofuseful and important examples of efforts to increase transparency andaccountability in World Bank operations.