Communities in Cameroon affected by the World Bank financed Chad-Cameroon oil pipeline have filed a new claim with the Bank’s Inspection Panel. The claimants charge that several Bank policies have been violated during the construction of the pipeline, which traverses their villages, lands and traditional hunting areas. The affected people complain of polluted water sources, loss of crops and forest land, failures of compensation for negative impacts to the communities, violation of labour rights, and health problems related to the influx of workers and job seekers.
Originally created to help the poor escape poverty and deprivation, the World Bank became the most important advocate for the commercialised microcredit model. Yet, critics argued it undermined the chances of sustainable and equitable development to create a poverty trap of historic proportions.
While the World Development Report (WDR) 2018 on education has some redeeming features, it is part of the Bank's longstanding very narrow view of education, and is silent on education financing.
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