David Pred is the co-founder and executive director of Inclusive Development International. A global advocate for land, housing, and natural resource rights, David has spent the last 15 years working to support communities and social movements around the world to hold governments, corporations and financial institutions accountable for land-grabs, forced displacement and related environmental and human rights violations.
Investment in bauxite mining was promised to help lead to social and economic development in the poverty-stricken West African nation of Guinea. According to this op-ed, communities in the path of the mine say it is deepening poverty and inequality.
Last week, the World Bank released a draft of its proposed new environmental and social safeguards. In a guest commentary, two experts argue the changes will result in less accountability and protection for communities displaced by bank programs.
ADB's safeguards policy on forced relocations is under the spotlight over a controversial railway project in Cambodia. In a guest opinion, the leader of an NGO representing the displaced families encourages the bank to admit its failure and reform its business model to truly defend the poor.