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Nezir Sinani
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Nezir is an international development specialist with experience in environmental and social policy research, strategic communications, and civil society advocacy. As a consultant with the Bank Information Center and former Research Analyst for the Institute for Development Policy in Kosovo, Mr. Sinani has in-depth understanding of the engagement of civil society to advocate for sustainable development standards and safeguards. Mr. Sinani served formerly as Corporate Communications Manager for a state-owned energy company in Kosovo, where he led public outreach and media engagement during a process of structural reform in the energy sector. He has also served as Communications Specialist for a governance reform program funded by USAID in Kosovo, focusing on civil society engagement, civic education, and awareness campaigns. He holds an M.S. in Service Management from Rochester Institute of Technology, and a B.A. in English from the University of Pristina. He is fluent in English and Albanian, and is proficient in Serbo-Croatian and German.

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World Bank's Updated Safeguards a Missed Opportunity to Raise the Bar for Development Policy

(0) Comments | Posted July 26, 2016 | 3:48 PM

Despite an unprecedented consultative process involving thousands of stakeholders from government, civil society, and the private sector, the review and update of the World Bank safeguard policies has proven to be a missed opportunity for the Bank to reclaim its place as a global leader in development. While the

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World Bank Forgoes Transparency, Hides Behind Policy Loophole

(1) Comments | Posted June 26, 2016 | 7:07 PM

On May 26, 2016, sixty-nine civil society organizations (CSOs) from twenty-six countries urged the World Bank to maintain transparency throughout the ongoing review of its environmental and social protection policies, or safeguards. In a joint letter to World Bank management, the signatories requested that the final draft of...

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U.S. Senators Call on Treasury to Prevent Dilutions to World Bank Safeguard Policies

(2) Comments | Posted June 6, 2016 | 7:00 AM

Co-authored by Julia Radomski, Information Services Coordinator at Bank Information Center

The World Bank has been reviewing its environmental and safeguard protection policies for the past four years. Nearing the end of the process, the political battle over these policies is far from resolved. Last week four U.S....

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Can the World Bank Take Pride in its Defense of the LGBT Community?

(0) Comments | Posted April 25, 2016 | 8:16 AM

LGBT people face unique discrimination in many parts of the world where the World Bank conducts its work. Seventy-five countries criminalize homosexuality and in many other countries they face high levels of discrimination, persecution and violence. Jim Yong Kim, president of the World Bank Group, argued in a...

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Beyond Buzzwords: Development Banks' Fail to Remedy Harm Caused by Their Own Projects

(0) Comments | Posted February 23, 2016 | 9:25 AM

Co-authored by Julia Radomski, Information Services Coordinator at Bank Information Center

Are development finance institutions held accountable when their projects cause harm to communities and ecosystems? While "accountability" has become an oft-used and broadly-defined buzzword in development, much work remains to be done to ensure that institutions are indeed held...

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Development Banks Failing in the Fight Against Climate Change

(0) Comments | Posted December 8, 2015 | 2:36 AM

Co-authored by Nicole Ghio, Senior International Campaign Representative at Sierra Club

New research published today reveals that not one of the world's main development banks is on track to help keep the world below 2 degrees warming. Instead, the banks - funded by tax-payers - continue to support...

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Leaked Document Reveals Internal Struggle for Human Rights Protections at the World Bank

(0) Comments | Posted November 18, 2015 | 9:33 AM

Co-authored by Julia Radomski, Information Services Coordinator at Bank Information Center

The World Bank's framework for assessing, preventing, and mitigating social and environmental impacts caused by its projects is currently under review. For the past three years, Bank officials, governments, civil society organizations, and communities have given their input in...

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Will AIIB Be 'Lean, Clean and Green'?

(0) Comments | Posted November 13, 2015 | 8:17 AM

During a recent public speech, the incoming head of the new China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) vowed to run a "lean, clean and green" institution operating to the highest international standards. He also promised to do all of the above with greater speed than its rivals.

AIIB...

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How Much Money Is the World Bank Spending to Intimidate Staff?

(0) Comments | Posted September 16, 2015 | 2:17 PM

In December 1945, the U.S. Congress approved the International Organizations Immunities Act, thereby extending immunity privileges to international financial institutions. The Act protects the World Bank Group from being sued by country governments or people affected negatively by Bank loans around the world.

This Act also protects the...

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Saving Lake Baikal

(15) Comments | Posted September 10, 2015 | 4:59 PM

Lake Baikal is the largest, deepest, and oldest freshwater lake in the world, containing roughly 20 percent of the world's unfrozen surface fresh water. It is so large that it contains more water than all of the North American Great Lakes combined. Baikal is estimated to be over...

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Pug, Poodle or Pit Bull: Who's Watching the World Bank Group?

(0) Comments | Posted July 23, 2015 | 3:40 PM

Since Jim Kim took up the Presidency of the World Bank Group in July 2012, heads have rolled, boxes have been moved around the organizational chart, and an unprecedented drive to shave $400 million from the budget has been undertaken.

President Kim explained the need for these...

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The Deep Divide at the World Bank

(1) Comments | Posted July 21, 2015 | 4:59 PM

The World Bank is at a pivotal point as it enters into the third and final stage of its safeguards review. According to the Bank, this review is set out to "better address environmental and social issues that countries face today, [and] to deliver better environmental and social...

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World Bank: Let Some Sunlight In

(1) Comments | Posted May 5, 2015 | 2:20 PM

For the past several months, numerous high profile and damaging stories have made their way out of World Bank Headquarters and into mainstream popular news. While this has happened before -- and no doubt will happen again -- these stories seem to be especially engaging, focused, researched and...

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Caution: Human Rights Violations Ahead!

(0) Comments | Posted April 21, 2015 | 11:00 AM

Co-authored by Timothy McHugh, Communications Consultant at Bank Information Center

On Friday morning, April 17th, a large crowd gathered directly in front of the World Bank headquarters and just a stone's throw from the International Monetary Fund building. The timing and location were not a coincidence. Late last week the...

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Europe's Silent Discrimination Against Kosovars

(99) Comments | Posted April 7, 2015 | 5:46 PM

Today, Kosovars carry the single most worthless passport in all of Europe. It allows them to travel to only 12 countries in the world without a visa. These include Albania, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, Turkey, Dominica, Ecuador, Gambia, Haiti, Micronesia, Niue, and St. Vincent and the Grenadines. However, Kosovars...

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Secrecy Steers World Bank Investments to Human Rights Abuses

(1) Comments | Posted April 3, 2015 | 4:32 PM

The past several months have not been kind to the World Bank. From the emergence of China's Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) to the revelations concerning its record on forced resettlement, headlines have not been boding well. And this week will not be an exception. Once again, the...

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Nobel Winning Women Agree: World Bank Safeguards Don't Cut It

(0) Comments | Posted February 27, 2015 | 9:58 AM

As the deadline for submitting comments to the Word Bank concerning the second draft of their safeguard review looms (March 1st), a group of Nobel Peace Prize winning women (The Nobel Women's Initiative) have sent a scathing letter to World Bank President Kim detailing...

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A Resettlement Injustice in the Making

(0) Comments | Posted February 20, 2015 | 2:29 PM

There is an old expression that says you cannot make an omelette without breaking a few eggs. This basic logic sums up the international development approach of the World Bank: in order to make a project come to fruition, there will be consequences. Build a dam and you will flood...

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World Bank's Peru Consultation Ends Early With a Walkout

(0) Comments | Posted February 12, 2015 | 11:41 AM

Last week in Lima, Peru, the World Bank hosted one of their global consultations on loan safeguards. The Bank had previously published the first draft of their Environmental & Social Framework. This draft lays out the safeguards (rules/standards) by which Bank loan recipients must live up to in...

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Tata Mundra: World Bank Group's Guide to Breaking Your Own Rules

(0) Comments | Posted January 26, 2015 | 12:54 PM

The Compliance Advisor Ombudsman (CAO) provides recourse mechanisms for communities who are affected by projects supported by the World Bank Group's International Finance Corporation (IFC). Concerned communities can petition the CAO to look into claims that the project is not living up to its agreed terms...

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