Accusations emerged in late July that the World Bank had pressured the Indian government to select Price Waterhouse Coopers (PwC) for advisory work undertaken as part of the Delhi Water Sector Project. Indian anti-corruption group Parivartan used national freedom of information laws to gain access to the correspondence between the Delhi Jal Board, which oversees water supply in the Indian capital, and World Bank officials. World Bank country director for India Michael Carter said “the insinuation that the Bank attempted to favour PwC is completely unfounded.”
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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