Sub-Saharan Africa

Infrastructure

Analysis

Facilitating whose power? WB and IMF policy influence in Nigeria's energy sector

Despite rhetoric to the contrary, the World Bank's energy portfolio still fails to reap the double dividend of renewable energy technologies that would tackle both energy poverty and climate change. Nigerian economic policies shaped by World Bank and IMF recommendations, policy agreements and conditionality have so far lead to a dysfunctional electricity privatisation process, a heavy and as yet unfulfilled reliance on reform of the gas sector, and the failure to make any widespread practical pr

2 April 2008 | At Issue

Environment

News

World Bank powerless to end Chad abuses

Chadian president Idriss D

1 April 2008

IFI governance

Commentary

Charla del Banco del 2007

El uso del lenguaje inglés más incomprensible empleado por las instituciones de Bretton Woods durante el añ 2007.

18 February 2008 | Humour

Rights

News

Bujagali dam under second investigation

As a result of claims submitted by the Ugandan NGO, National Association of Professional Environmentalists, the Bujagali dam is under investigation again

1 February 2008

Rights

News

Panel investigates Ghana's landfill complaint

In October the board accepted the Inspection Panel's recommendation for a full investigation into a complaint filed by the NGO Centre for Housing Rights and Evictions (COHRE)

1 February 2008

Environment

News

Bank violates own policies in Congo

The findings of an Inspection Panel investigation into the Bank's failure to comply with its own safeguard policies in its support for forest sector reforms in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) was discussed by the board in January

1 February 2008

Environment

News

IFC offloads illegal timber trader

the IFC has offloaded its 3.35 per cent equity stake, worth up to $7.5 million in the Singapore-based global commodities trader, Olam International

1 February 2008

IFI governance

Commentary

Bankspeak of the year 2007

Annual Bretton Woods Project award for the most incomprehensible or absurd use of language in a Bank or Fund document or speech.

1 February 2008 | Humour

Social services

News

IFC and health "unsubstantiated claims"

In a December report financed by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the International Finance Corporation (IFC) estimates that over the next decade $25 to $30 billion will be needed to meet the needs of Africa's health care and announced that it will coordinate $1 billion, in equity investments and loans to finance private sector health provision in Sub-Saharan Africa

1 February 2008

Conditionality

News

Senegal joins the ranks of PSI countries

The East African nation of Senegal became the first francophone country to sign up to a Policy Support Instrument (PSI), a Fund programme for low-income countries that involves oversight and conditionality but no financing.

4 December 2007

Accountability

Commentary

El Banco Mundial y el Gasoducto de África Occidental

Análisis crítico sobre el gasoducto de África Occidental, un proyecto apoyado por el Banco Mundial.

26 October 2007 | Guest comment

Environment

Commentary

The World Bank and the West Africa Gas Pipeline Project

A critical analysis of the the World Bank-supported West Africa Gas pipeline, by Michael Karipko of Environmental Rights Action, Port Harcourt, Nigeria

5 October 2007 | Guest comment