The three day Seminar-Workshop on 16-18 August 2010 at YUVA, Mumbai which was attended by about 60 people with representations from a wide variety of social movement groups, academics, activists, NGOs and members from communities who were displaced by World Bank projects in India. Intercultural Resources was represented by PT George and Susana Barria.
The objectives of the Seminar-Workshop was an attempt to understand the political context of the World Bank in India and what roles it plays in the contemporary development agenda of the State. Seminar-Workshop tried to unveil the agenda behind the funding mechanism and the programmes they do in the name of development and alleviation of poverty in India. The Seminar-Workshop tried to explain the structure of the Bank and the internal mechanism and the policies they create around the politics of lending. The seminar also dealt with some of the areas and sectors of the WB funding and how the bank has enforced policy reforms in various sectors.
There were case study presentations and discussions on Urban Infrastructure, Energy – Thermal, Hydro, Renewable Energy, Climate Change, Carbon Credit, Forestry, Water, Education and Health, Agriculture and Regional interventions in the North East India. The Seminar-Workshop concluded with a Way Ahead session where the strategies for intervention were discussed.
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