The World Bank contributes to the realization of human rights in different areas, e.g., improving poor people's access to health, education, food and water; promoting the participation of indigenous peoples in decision-making and the accountability of governments to their citizens; supporting justice reforms, fighting corruption and increasing transparency of governments.
A program has been launched to develop a more informed view among Bank staff on how human rights relates to the Bank’s core work and mission of promoting economic growth and poverty reduction, and is being supported by a $20 million multi-year and multi donor Nordic Trust Fund. This internal knowledge and learning program support activities that
- capture and make available knowledge about how human rights relate to the Bank’s analytical sector/thematic work,
- capture and make available knowledge about how human rights relate to the Bank’s operational work including strategy, planning and implementation and,
- increase awareness among staff and management of how the Bank’s work and human rights are related and how human rights aspects can be applied to the Bank’s work.
The NTF has been established with agreed contributions from Denmark, Iceland, Norway, Finland and Sweden. Additional support for selected activities is provided by Germany.