A report by NGOs in Chad, Cameroon and the US finds that the World Bank’s Implementation Completion Report (ICR) for the Chad-Cameroon pipeline (see Update 53) is seriously at odds with the findings of official project monitors. Though the ICR recognises that oil revenues are likely to aggravate the security problems in Chad, its ratings are “detached from reality, and make misleading statements for instance on compensation and the Indigenous Peoples Plan”. NGOs urge the Bank to address the outstanding environmental and livelihood problems. Of special concern are Cameroon’s Bakola/Bagyeli people who now face threats to their survival.
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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