The independent audit of the Compliance Advisor Ombudsman (CAO) into the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency’s (MIGA) due diligence for the Dikulushi copper-silver mining project in Katanga (see Update 49, 47) was finally made public in February. The audit found that MIGA did not adequately consider the risks that the project poses to local communities, nor did it fully understand the implications for its client of implementing the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights. Congolese and international organisations welcomed the overdue release of the report, urging that all companies receiving Bank support comply with international human rights standards.
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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