A World Bank investigation has concluded that there is insufficient evidence to disbar from future Bank contracts three international dambuilding companies which have been charged with corruption by the Lesotho High Court. This despite finding that the (unnamed) companies had channelled funds through a middleman who has been found guilty of bribing Lesotho officials. Environmental Defense Fund argues that the Bank’s decision was timed to influence the outcome of the judgement from the High Court, throwing into question the Bank’s commitment to fighting corruption.
World Bank Enabling the Business of Agriculture rankings prescribe land privatisation at the expense of family farmers, pastoralists, and Indigenous Peoples.
As debt crises across the African continent continue to soar, concerns are raised about the gendered impact of debt-servicing conditions imposed by international financial institutions.
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