A group of NGOs has sent a letter in May to the World Bank’s country director for Poland asking for a halt to Bank support for a highway modernisation project. After long negotiations with government agencies, the NGOs had won assurances that the EU financing decision for the project would await completion of a strategic environment assessment. NGOs want Bank financing to await the outcome of the same assessment. The highway widening is part of a larger project which NGOs say will seriously impact wildlife and create pollution problems for several national parks. The Bank has not responded to the call for a meeting.
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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