World Bank Group
How the World Bank can help rather than hurt

To the editor: Time and again we hear about efforts to develop, preserve, modernize or otherwise improve parts of the world such as this article about the World Bank's project to help preserve Kenya's Embobut Forest. And time and again we come to learn that these efforts have resulted in indigenous populations being displaced, the environment being degraded and people being left in poverty to try to build new lives. ("The World Bank's broken promise to 'do no harm,'" op-ed, April 16) In his case, we learned that some parents were not even able to retrieve cooking utensils or their children's school uniforms before their houses were burned down. ...