Sub-Saharan Africa

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

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

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

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

IFI governance

News

IEO to evaluate Fund restrictions on African budgets

The IEO has released a draft issues paper for a planned evaluation of the Fund's role in determining aid resources in sub-Saharan Africa.

23 January 2006

Social services

Commentary

Both arsonist and fire-fighter: the World Bank on school fees

A former UN special rapporteur on the right to education questions the World Bank's claim to have relinquished its support for user fees in education.

23 January 2006 | Guest comment

Accountability

Background

Bank freezes pipeline funds to Chad

Bank freezes Chad's funds following government violation of agreement with Bank over the Chad-Cameroon oil pipeline

20 January 2006 | Resource

IFI governance

News

The IMF to evaluate its role in determining aid resources to African countries

The IMF's Independent Evaluation Office is undertaking a timely review of the Fund's role in determining aid resources in sub-Saharan Africa, examining the Fund's policy advice and programme design in these countries and its impact.

20 December 2005

Accountability

News

World Bank anti-corruption: discourse versus practice

A new report from corruption watchdog Transparency International indicates that despite improved efforts by the World Bank on corruption ahead of other regional development banks, there is still a striking inconsistency between the discourse and practice of the Bank. A new US anti-corruption bill and an oil revenue agreement with Chad are the latest tests.

21 November 2005

IFI governance

News

European CSO meeting with European executive directors to the World Bank

Civil society representatives from over twelve European countries, as well as the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and a parliamentarian from Malawi, met with World Bank executive directors from the European region in what has become a staple event in the annual meetings diary.

24 September 2005