The music at the farewell party for outgoing World Bank Kenya country representative Mukthar Diop on 29 April was keeping up the neighbours. Not normally the cause for a diplomatic row, except when one of your neighbours in the exclusive Nairobi enclave of Muthaiga is Lucy Kibaki, the first lady (and Diop’s landlord). Ms Kibaki went several times to her local police station to report a disturbance of the peace and then directly to the party in an attempt to shut off the offending racket, apparently undeterred by the presence of two of her children at the party.
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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