World Bank water privatisation push in Africa criticised by civil society that are calling for a rights-based approach.
Community representatives involved in a World Bank Inspection Panel complaint have been targeted with a court injunction by a Bank-funded company.
A US Congresswoman has called for an end to the World Bank’s investments in water privatisation until a robust evaluation has taken place.
Civil society in Nigeria has criticised and called for disclosure of a water privatisation scheme in Lagos involving the World Bank.
Shayda Naficy argues that water infrastructure and distribution should be financed and managed by public entities rather than through privatisation.
The World Bank's push for water privatisation in Nigeria is harming people's access to safe, affordable water.
CSO concerns have been raised over the Bank’s Global Partnership for Oceans initiative, due to the strong emphasis on promoting aquaculture and the push for privatisation of access to fish resources.
The World Bank and IFC continue push for controversial hydropower, with projects in Guatemala, Democratic Republic of Congo, East Africa, Niger, Pakistan and Macedonia. The Bank warned on long term viability of hydropower, as Uruguay’s state hydro company agreed insurance with the Bank.
New Bank report highlighting benefits of privatisation heavily criticised by NGOs, pointing to the impact on communities in the Philipines, left without water.
In the wake of the April publication of the World Bank funded feasibility study of the Red Sea – Dead Sea canal, a coalition of 19 Palestinian organisations and three experts have rejected the plan and described the participation process as a “mockery”.