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.
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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