A new film points at contradictions in one of the World Bank’s Prototype Carbon Fund projects in Durban, South Africa. The project is to reduce emissions by turning gas produced by landfills in Durban into electricity. Local residents near the Bisasar Road landfill complain the project is an incentive to keep the site open, despite a history of toxic waste dumping and health hazard. Contrary to claims that “the sensitivity of the local population [?] will have been responded to in a very positive and visible way”, the public consultation was only conducted via website over a 30-day period.
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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