A project survey offers only three options to identify residents. Source: World Bank Documents, Page 34, Final Resettlement Action Plan

It’s not about ending poverty; it’s about eradicating the poor.

After recent reports of ongoing and systemic failures on resettlement, the World Bank approved an urban development project in India that would displace hundreds of people from their homes and livelihoods. Through their own interventions, residents have been successfully organizing and making sure the World Bank and local government authorities are respecting their rights.

Credit: ICIJ and the Huffington Post. In India alone, over 388,000 people are estimated to have been physically or economically displaced by World Bank funded projects over a 10 year period.
Vanessa Peter (far right) at a meeting with residents of Paadi Kuppam.
Officials from the Corporation of Chennai and Vanessa Peter discuss resettlement during a site visit to Kannagi Nagar
Excerpted from the socioeconomic survey of families affected by the project. Source: Resettlement Action Plan

International Accountability Project works to defend the rights, land and livelihoods of people threatened by destructive development projects.

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