Following a seven month trial, Canadian company Acres International was convicted on two counts of bribing an official to secure contracts for the Lesotho Highland Water Project, which received financing from the World Bank. This ruling contradicted an earlier World Bank investigation which dismissed corruption claims due to lack of evidence. “We expect the Bank to disbar Acres now that they have been found guilty of corruption on a World Bank contract,” said Ryan Hoover of the Berkeley based International Rivers Network. Other companies will be tried soon.
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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