Sub-Saharan Africa

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

Social services

News

IMF accused of exacerbating famine in Niger

The IMF's external relations department has spent the last two months furiously rebuffing charges that the Fund has exacerbated famine in Niger. The debate centres around the impact of structural adjustment measures and accusations that donors initially refused to allow the government to distribute free food to affected areas.

12 September 2005

Land

News

Setbacks to privatisations across Africa

The collapse of a flagship water privatisation in Tanzania, and opposition to both a planned privatisation of the state cotton board and the completed privatisation of the state railway in Mali, highlight the continuing struggle over pressure from the Bretton Woods institutions to privatise in Africa.

13 June 2005

Accountability

News

Wasn't that a party…

The music at the farewell party for outgoing World Bank Kenya country representative Mukthar Diop…

13 June 2005

Land

News

Aid, death and dogma

A report released in May by UK NGO Christian Aid, documents case studies in India, Ghana and Jamaica where imposed liberalisation has ravaged local industry with devastating social impacts.

13 June 2005

Environment

News

West Africa gas pipeline approved

The World Bank's board of directors recently approved an investment guarantee for the US$590 million West Africa gas pipeline (WAGP)

26 January 2005

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