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The Search For Policies For Projects On International Waterways

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The emphasis of the World Bank on irrigation projects made it inevitable that a number of projects would involve shared rivers. The Bank started to distinguish between rivers over which there were disputes. Its decision not to finance projects on rivers where a dispute existed deprived the countries and the Bank from pursuing development there in the power and irrigation sectors. The Operational Memorandum(OM) emphasized the fact that such projects are likely to give rise to problems that could affect relations between governments. OM 8 issued in 1956 brought the subject of projects on international waterways to the forefront of the Bank operational work, and established an early warning system. OM 5.05 of 1965 expanded the scope of the international waterways and projects covered there under. Both memoranda are milestones in the process of evolution of the Bank policy for projects on international waters.

Keywords: international waterways; Operational Memorandum (OM); policy; projects; World Bank



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