The Bank Information Center (BIC) is an independent, non-profit, non-governmental organization that advocates for the protection of rights, participation, transparency, and public accountability in the governance and operations of the World Bank Group and regional development banks.
Socially and environmentally sustainable development is not possible without the informed and active participation of local communities. BIC therefore partners with civil society in developing and transition countries to influence the World Bank and other international financial institutions (IFIs) to promote social and economic justice and ecological sustainability. BIC supports civil society through information dissemination, capacity building activities, coalition building, project and policy monitoring, and advocacy support services. The majority of BIC’s program work is organized by geographic regions, with staff dedicated to Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East and North Africa.
BIC is also principal source of information for affected communities, non-governmental organizations and grassroots groups working to address the negative impacts of economic globalization as well as a resource for government employees, IFI staff, the media, students, and the general public.
Founded in 1987, BIC is supported by private foundations and organizations that work in the fields of environment and development. BIC is not affiliated with any of the Multilateral Development Banks, nor does it receive any funding from them.
Learn more about BIC at: http://www.bicusa.org/