The World Bank’s board of directors recently approved an investment guarantee for the $590 million West Africa gas pipeline in November, despite strong civil society resistance. The pipeline will transport natural gas from the Western Niger Delta area of Nigeria, to Togo, Benin and Ghana. After funding the initial feasibility studies for the pipeline in 1992, the Bank has now provided a $125 million investment guarantee to encourage private investors to come up with the remaining $465 million. Friends of the Earth Nigeria charge that the pipeline “is being implemented in total disregard of environmental and livelihood concerns of Nigerian communities.”
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In December 2013, the German Development Institute, Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung and Bretton Woods Project, in collaboration with the G-24, hosted a high-level workshop in Berlin to foster an open exchange on the profound changes in the global economy and the implications for global economic governance and its constituent institutions and members.
Last year BRICS' leaders agreed to launch a BRICS development bank. Whether this is considered positive depends in part what questions are being asked. Sameer Dossani of ActionAid International highlights the flaws in the World Bank and IMF, analyses whether a BRICS Bank could be different from these institutions and proposes what it should do and what it should look like.
The Bretton Woods Project is an ActionAid hosted project (UK registered charity no. 274467).