In January the IMF and World Bank threatened to cut off Kenya from more than $450 million in aid as a result of a parliamentary bill on interest rate controls. The Bank was also concerned by a bill that could halt efforts to reform the country’s civil service. Two other bills expected in the Kenyan parliament seek to introduce price controls on petroleum products and abolish fuel and foreign-exchange adjustment levies on electricity bills. If the donors punish the Kenyan government, key poverty alleviation programs in the country might be derailed.
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Last year BRICS' leaders agreed to launch a BRICS development bank. Whether this is considered positive depends in part what questions are being asked. Sameer Dossani of ActionAid International highlights the flaws in the World Bank and IMF, analyses whether a BRICS Bank could be different from these institutions and proposes what it should do and what it should look like.
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