Sub-Saharan Africa

Environment

News

Chad-Cam oil spill

In January, an off-shore oil spill from the Chad-Cameroon oil pipeline occurred near the Cameroonian town of Kribi. The slow response time and allegations that the public was not properly informed raise critical questions about the safeguards that exist to cope with a larger accident.

2 April 2007

Infrastructure

News

Bujagali dam unlikely to benefit ordinary Ugandans

The World Bank is so keen to promote the Bujagali II hydropower project as the solution to Uganda’s energy problems that it has set up a special website for it. Local and international groups who have been lobbying for a full and fair review of Uganda's energy options point out that Bujagali is unlikely to meet the needs of the 95 per cent of Ugandans who live far from the national grid and have never benefited from modern energy services.

2 April 2007

Conditionality

News

Evaluation finds that IMF misleads the public about its role in Africa

A report released by the Independent Evaluation Office (IEO) of the IMF criticises the role of the IMF in managing aid inflows to Sub-Saharan Africa, but fails to address more fundamental questions about the Fund’s role in low-income countries.

2 April 2007

Conditionality

News

IMF wants tax on mosquito nets in Zambia

The IMF provoked public ire in Zambia by asking the government to remove value added tax exemptions on a range of goods, including mosquito nets used to fight malaria.

31 January 2007

Conditionality

News

Reading from the script

The decisions by Ghana and Tanzania to use the Policy Support Instrument (PSI) reflect the IMF’s success in convincing countries to accept conditionality without any financing, despite the evidence from Uganda and elsewhere that PSI conditions are numerous and will be enforced.

31 January 2007

Accountability

News

Bujagali funding imminent

Funding from the World Bank and the European Investment Bank for the controversial Bujagali dam in Uganda is imminent.

31 January 2007

Environment

News

Congo: mining, conflict and complicity

A confidential World Bank memo dated September 2005 finds that three of the Democratic Republic of Congo’s biggest mining contracts were approved with “a complete lack of transparency”.

31 January 2007

Accountability

Analysis

The IFCs lessons of experience & the Chad-Cameroon oil and pipeline project

In September 2006 the IFC published its first issue of a new publication entitled Lessons of Experience. However, the IFC's lessons drawn from the external compliance monitoring group in the Chad-Cameroon project read more like a tool to market the concept of external monitors to IFC clients than lessons meant to design a more effective role for the external monitor in improving implementation of social and environmental commitments.

23 November 2006 | Briefings

Accountability

News

German firm debarred over Lesotho fraud

In November, the Bank debarred German engineering firm Lahmeyer International over bribery convictions in the Lesotho Highlands Water project.

23 November 2006

Accountability

Commentary

Time to listen to Lesotho! - The World Bank and its new anti-corruption agenda

Comment piece by Hennie Van Vuuren on corruption and bribery in the Bank-supported Lesotho Highlands Water Scheme

11 September 2006 | Guest comment

Finance

News

Mauritania, Malawi qualify for debt relief

Mauritania qualified for the Multilateral Debt Relief Initiative in June, while Malawi completed the Heavily Indebted Poor Countries initiative in August.

11 September 2006

Social services

News

Cape Verde becomes IMF’s third PSI country

On 1 August, the IMF board approved Cape Verde's application for the Policy Support Instrument (PSI)

11 September 2006