Authors: Gernot Brodnig
November 16, 2004
John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University

In contrast to many other development institutions, the World Bank does not have a human rights policy. As a result, the Bank's activities oscillate between hiding behind its charter - which contain a prohibition of political activities and obligate the institution to take only economic considerations into account - and expanding into "human rights territory" while adopting certain human rights conditionalities into its operations. This "identity crisis" is certainly not a new phenomenon, but has gained considerable momentum due to the growing scrutiny of the Bank's raison...

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