Money bags be damned

Published: Sunday 31 October 2004

Faced with the bleak choice of an urban slum or a distant resettlement site, an Indian family chooses to stay and drown rather than make way for the Narmada dam. Such is the focus of one of the sixty documentaries available through 'Eyes on International Financial Institutions (IFIs)', a new web portal. Launched in London as part of the 'Fawlty Powers' campaign to mark the 60th birthday of the World Bank and IMF, 'Eyes on IFIs' presents documentaries united in their damming denunciations of IFIs. Critics and campaigners against IFI funding blunders, bureaucratic arrogance, and mismanagement are invited to come together in collective discussion. The worldwide organisations which monitor IFIs can communicate and collaborate instantly. Zoe Young, one of the mainly London-based campaigners at the heart of this project, stresses the need to transmit 'urgent messages and unheard voices' to a mass audience hungry for the truth. Where better to do this than via the web, thus providing a forum for likeminded browsers from all corners of the globe?

Browsers choose films by specifying region, topic, and target institution. Once directed to the appropriate film, useful links are provided to related films and research material. Likeminded browsers are invited to engage in a fruitful exchange of resource links and upcoming related events. The range of films is impressive. Less so is the inadequacy of film summaries, which often lack detail.

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