Sub-Saharan Africa

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

Rights

Background

Highlights of UK NGO meeting with Secretary of State for International Development, Hilary Benn

Highlights of meeting between UK NGOs and Secretary of State for International Development, 18 April 2006

21 April 2006 | Minutes

Rights

News

IFC backs controversial Ghana gold mine

On 31 January, the IFC approved a $125 million loan to Newmont Mining Corporation for the development of the Ahafo gold mine project in western Ghana, which NGOs link to human rights and environmental problems.

8 April 2006

Private Sector

News

Investigation demanded into World Bank reform of DRC mining

NGOs have called on the Bank to investigate two mining contracts between the Democratic Republic of Congo's state mining company and two British Virgin Island-based companies.

8 April 2006

IFI governance

News

Bank failed to apply safeguards in DRC: Inspection Panel

A preliminary investigation by the Inspection Panel has reveled serious concerns about Bank programmes to develop the rainforests of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

8 April 2006

Rights

News

Audit finds MIGA at fault in DRC mine

The independent audit of the Compliance Advisor Ombudsman was made public in February.

8 April 2006

Social services

News

Incendiario y bombero al mismo tiempo: el Banco Mundial y las matrículas escolares

La relatora especial anterior de la ONU sobre el derecho a la educaci

16 February 2006