The $10 billion Red Sea-Dead Sea water conveyance project, a proposed 180 km pipeline and desalination plant in Jordan to transport water from the Red Sea to the Dead Sea (see Update 80, 77), was found to be technically feasible by a Bank-funded study released in January. The project, which aims to “save the Dead Sea from environmental degradation” and increase hydro-power whilst building “a symbol of peace” was criticised during the March public consultation period for its impact on water usage and the environment. NGO Friends of the Earth Middle East opposed the project, saying it “will not save the Dead Sea from environmental degradation”, instead “it threatens other critical natural and heritage resources in its path” and will induce “major Disneyland-style development”.
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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