Sub-Saharan Africa

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

Rights

News

The IFC at fifty: All that glitters is too much gold

As the International Finance Corporation (IFC) marks its golden anniversary, the institution claims to serve "as a catalyst for innovative, market-based solutions for reducing poverty and addressing environmental and social challenges". The reality fails to justify such a glittering perspective. Problem gold mine projects in Ghana, Peru and Kyrgyzstan and serious weaknesses in its recent human rights impact assessment programme undermine the future credibility of an institution that is increasin

11 September 2006

Accountability

News

Request for inspection of West Africa gas pipeline

In April, the Ifesowapo Host Communities Forum in Nigeria requested the Inspection Panel investigate the West African Gas Pipeline project.

19 June 2006

IFI governance

News

African EDs urge top-up for capacity building

As the pilot phase of the Analytical Trust Fund, which finances research to support Sub-Saharan African executive directors' participation on the boards of the Bank and Fund, draws to a close, directors urge its replenishment.

19 June 2006

Rights

News

African film puts IFIs on trial at Cannes

The only African film to show at the 2006 Cannes film festival, Bamako, focuses on the injustices Africa has faced at the hands of the World Bank, the IMF, and other Western-dominated institutions.

19 June 2006

Social services

Background

Evaluating the impact of the PRGF: The cases of Ethiopia, Malawi, Tanzania and Zambia

Highlights of a civil society dialogue on the IMF Poverty Reduction and Growth Facility, at the World Bank spring meetings in Washington, 20 April 2006.

28 April 2006 | Minutes