David Pred is co-founder and managing director of Inclusive Development International. An advocate and organizer for land, housing and natural resource rights, Pred has worked to support grassroots movements across the world to hold governments, corporations and financial institutions accountable for land grabs and related human rights violations.
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.