Sub-Saharan Africa

Social services

Commentary

The private sector in Ghana’s water - a strategy to serve or steal?

Rudolf Amenga-Etego of GrassrootsAfrica comments that the Ghanaian government must re-prioritise the national budget in favour of the water sector. However, this will only be possible if the international financial institutions are restrained.

22 November 2004 | Guest comment

Social services

News

Fund irate over NGO claims that it blocks progress on AIDS

A report released by NGOs ActionAid, Global AIDS Alliance, Student Global AIDs Campaign and RESULTS Educational Fund charges that IMF fiscal targets limit spending on HIV/AIDS programmes.

22 November 2004

Rights

News

West Africa Pipeline approved despite resistance

The World Bank's board of directors have just approved an investment guarantee for the US$590 million West Africa gas pipeline (WAGP). Civil society organisations in the region have focussed their concerns on violence and instability in the oil and gas communities of Nigeria’s Niger Delta, and the negative effects of gas flaring.

22 November 2004

Accountability

News

Chad-Cameroon pipeline: Corruption and double standards

The Bank’s claim that the Chad-Cameroon oil and pipeline project proves that petro-dollars can benefit the poor is undermined by the claims of local communities and NGOs who cite numerous examples of violations of social and environmental safeguards.

15 November 2004

Accountability

News

Private sector safeguard review continues despite boycotts

Civil society organisations globally have stepped up their campaign against the International Finance Corporation's process to overhaul its safeguard policies.

15 November 2004

Accountability

News

Wolfensohn: African governance “polluted”

The latest soundbite from Bank president James Wolfensohn has to be read to be believed.

15 November 2004

IFI governance

Background

Bretton Woods Institutions should “start a new life”: Chinese central bank governor

A panel was held with southern country officials to discuss the democratic deficit at the World Bank and IMF.

5 October 2004 | Minutes

Finance

News

Debt sustainability: Oasis or mirage?

UNCTAD has launched a fourth report on economic development in Africa.

4 October 2004

Social services

News

Bank approves Ghana water loan

In August, the World Bank approved a $103 million loan for the privatisation of Ghana's…

21 September 2004

Accountability

News

Corruption in Mozambique goes unchallenged

The Bank's new country director for Mozambique and Angola, Michael Baxter appears hesitant to tackle…

21 September 2004

IFI governance

News

Bank constructs “governance states”

A new book by Graham Harrison at the University of Sheffield examines the role of the World Bank in constructing "governance states" in Africa.

27 July 2004

IFI governance

News

African directors capacity fund underway

The Analytical Trust Fund for sub-Saharan executive directors at the Bank and Fund will hold its inaugural steering committee meeting in September.

27 July 2004