Manipulating Consent:The World Bank and Public Consultation in the Nam Theun 2 Hydroelectric Project
by Shalmali Guttal, Bruce Shoemaker
12 December 2004
The World Bank is currently considering providing financial support to one of the most controversial projects in Southeast Asia, the Nam Theun 2 Hydroelectric Project in the Lao People’s Democratic Republic (Laos). Although the Bank has not yet publicly declared its decision to appraise the project - appraisal indicates that the project will be submitted to the Bank’s Board of Executive Directors for approval - it has been involved, both financially and institutionally, in the project for (...)
Poverty Reduction? or PRSP?
by Shalmali Guttal
11 March 2003
PRSPs will create and entrench policy-induced poverty. They will have little to do with poverty reduction in any meaningful sense. But they will certainly strengthen the grip of the Washington Consensus on the policy environments of recipient countries.