In Photos: World Beyond Banks protest activities at the WB-IMF meeting in Bali

Bali, Indonesia - Focus on the Global South this week joins delegates from local, national, regional and international people's movements and NGOs for the "World Without Banks" series of activities protesting the World Band and International Monetary Fund (WB-IMF) meetings. Assemblies, public forums, concerts, exhibits and protest marches aim to highlight the devastation to communities, nature and human rights resulting from neoliberal policies and so-called development projects pushed by the WB-IMF. The Peoples' Assembly at the Gerak Lawan / World Beyond Banks programme is happening at the TVRI Field in Denpasar until 14 October 2018.

 

Fisherfolk across the region are resisting the "blue economy", a World Bank model for sustainable use of ocean resources that in practice facilitates ocean grabbing, leading to reduced access to the seas by fishing communities.

Delegates from various peoples' organizations, non-government organizations, and the civil society begin to converge at the Gerak Lawan programme to reimagine "world beyond banks".
"The life and death of a nation lies on your hands. Without agriculture, there is no future. You have to be proud my fellow peasant women. We are the heroes of the world."  -- a poetry tribute from a peasant leader from Aceh, who is a member of Serikat Petani Indonesia.
 In solidarity and struggle for the land and peoples' food sovereignty, the Gerak Lawan delegates are welcomed with Indonesian music played by local community members.
A pop-up gallery showcasing community stories, experiences and resistance to the impact of World Bank projects: agrarian conflicts, environmental destruction, and water pollution.