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Viewpoint – The World Bank versus the World Commission on Dams

A viewpoint article about dynamics between the World Bank Group (the Bank) and World Commission on Dams (WCD). The Bank has long resisted guidelines from reformers and the WCD requiring large dam projects to internalise the social and environmental costs of dam construction. Despite some progress, the Bank continues to resist calls for it to eschew countries’ use of violence in removing residents from areas to be flooded by reservoirs, compensate residents adequately for their losses, or involve affected people in planning for big dams. Suggestions are made for more humane and economically responsible Bank policies.

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Field Value
Document type Reports, journal articles, and research papers (including theses and dissertations)
Language of document
  • English
  • Environmental and biodiversity protection
  • Environmental impact assessments
  • Water resources
  • Water rights
  • World Bank
Geographic area (spatial range)
  • Thailand
  • Viet Nam
  • Cambodia
  • Lao People's Democratic Republic
  • Myanmar
  • Malaysia
  • Indonesia
  • Singapore
  • Philippines
  • Brunei Darussalam
  • Christmas Island
  • Timor-Leste
  • Cocos (Keeling) Islands
Copyright Unclear copyright
Access and use constraints

Water Alternatives distributes under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution Non-commercial License 3.0.

Version / Edition 1.0
License CC-BY-4.0

Robert Goodland,

Author (individual) Goodland, Robert
Publication date 2010
General note

Water Alternatives Volume 3, Number 2, 384-398

Date uploaded June 2, 2015, 08:21 (UTC)
Date modified January 7, 2016, 22:21 (UTC)