Sub-Saharan Africa

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

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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

Conditionality

News

Moving the goalposts: Zambia’s misery prolonged

Despite intensive efforts to implement the necessary conditions, Zambia has been told that it will have to wait even longer for debt relief.

26 July 2004

Environment

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Wolfensohn meets with Congolese groups

A videoconference was held in July to bring together Congolese organisations, international forest activists and Bank President James Wolfensohn to discuss a Bank-supported forest zoning plan for the Democratic Republic of Congo.

26 July 2004

IFI governance

News

Landmark decision: Canadian company debarred

Anti-corruption campaigners are applauding the World Bank's decision to debar Acres International, a Canadian company found guilty by Lesotho courts of engaging in corrupt activities in a Bank-funded water project.

26 July 2004

IFI governance

News

African Executive Directors' support fund

The African Economic Research Consortium has been awarded the contract by the sub-saharan African Executive Directors at the Bank and Fund to act as the commissioning agent for the Analytical Trust Fund.

28 May 2004

Rights

News

Congolese groups unite to demand scrutiny of forest policies

NGOs in the Democratic Republic of Congo have allied to challenge industrial logging in their country's rainforests. In February they appealed to the World Bank and other agencies to halt a plan which would make up to 60 million hectares of rainforest available to logging companies in the coming years.

5 April 2004

Rights

News

Iraq and Ethiopia treatment shows debt relief double standards

The differing treatment given to Ethiopia and Iraq in debt relief suggest that geopolitical considerations are again outweighing internationally agreed criteria for fair debt cancellation.

5 April 2004

Rights

News

World Bank pushes Malawi agriculture privatisation

World Bank manoeuvres to ensure parliamentary approval of a controversial agriculture privatisation policy demonstrates the continued influence of the Bank and the problems with Poverty and Social Impact Analysis.

5 April 2004