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.
After 4 years of on-off negotiation and public opposition, the government of Egypt has signed a loan deal with the IMF whose impacts civil society fears will encroach upon human rights, social protection and social provision, like health and education, upon which the poorest depend.
Investments by the World Bank-hosted Global Financing Facility (GFF) do not reflect the family planning priorities identified by developing countries and local communities. The GFF also continues to suffer from a lack of transparency and meaningful civil society participation, raising doubts about the new mechanism’s effectiveness.
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