In late December the World Bank approved the Bujagali dam, Uganda. This is a controversial project involving US power company AES. Ugandan and international NGOs have raised concerns that the dam is a bad economic deal which will not bring electricity to the majority of Ugandans. Alternative power sources have not been seriously analysed and the dam will destroy Bujagali Falls. Frank Muramuzi of Uganda’s National Association of Professional Environmentalists commented: “It is not obvious how supplying electricity at these rates in such a poor country will contribute to poverty reduction.”
Market-led policy approaches increasingly used to deal with both climate and health emergencies are failing to protect those most vulnerable.
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