This report reviews loans provided by Multilateral Development Banks (MDBs) to developing
countries for electricity policy from 2006–2008. It examines those
policies, regulations, and institutional capacities in
the electricity sector that will direct both public and
private investment in sustainable energy options.
This report argues that human rights are an integral
part of effective and sustainable development, and should be explicitly considered in all World Bank
Group (WBG) investment decisions. We examine
the WBG’s integration of human rights standards
into its operations — highlighting accomplishments,
shortcomings, and barriers — and suggest ways forward.