In late May Yorongar Ngarlejy, a Presidential candidate and outspoken opponent of the World Bank-backed oil pipeline in Chad, was arrested. A press release from Survie, a French human rights NGO, and the German group Urgewald, called for finance institutions such as the World Bank to use their leverage and to condemn in the strongest possible terms the continuing violent and illegal actions by the Deby regime and to halt “all activities related to the Chad-Cameroon Oil Project until conditions are established that will allow this project to benefit the Chadian people.”
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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