From hydroelectric projects in Mexico and a dam in Brazil, to Afro-Colombian displacement, to developing tourism instead of community in Honduras, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has not been following through on its promises.

AID blogger Michael Collins recently co-authored this informative and infuriating article on just how much damage the IDB has been doing in these areas as a result of its “development projects.” Collins and his co-author, through the Center for International Policy in Mexico, uncovered that the IDB’s projects have been directly responsible for everything from uprooting entire communities to polluting drinking water and ignoring calls for decontamination. Not to mention, when the authors were doing their research, not only were documents difficult to find or information buried in vague language, often times their inquiries simply went unanswered.

Not exactly what IDB’s commitments to transparency and international development should look like.

Read the full text of the article here.

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