As a result of claims submitted by the Ugandan NGO, National Association of Professional Environmentalists, members of the World Bank’s Inspection Panel and the African Development Bank’s internal investigation arm visited Uganda to carry out an investigation into the Bujagali dam (see Update 56, 55) in November. This is the second time the Inspection Panel has investigated the dam, just below Lake Victoria on the Nile, for which the European Investment Bank has also approved funding. The matters under investigation include: hydrological risks, safety, cultural heritage, inadequate economic analysis, excessive costs, risks of climate change on hydro-power generation, and questions over the dam’s ability to meet growing electricity demands in the country.
EarthRights International examines how the Jam v. IFC case has helped to shift the landscape of accountability for international financial institutions by successfully challenging their claim to “absolute” immunity in US courts, potentially opening IFC up to further legal challenges in future.
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