Sub-Saharan Africa

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Workers protest Burkina privatisation plans

More than 1,000 workers from 13 public companies took to the streets of Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso in August chanting slogans such as “Down with wildcat liberalisation!” and “Down with Bretton Woods injunctions!”.

10 September 2001

Infrastructure

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Letter on Bujagali dam, Uganda

Concerns raised about planned World Bank-backed private sector dam in Uganda.

18 June 2001

Infrastructure

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Nigerians condemn IFC collaboration with Shell

Niger Delta-based organisations outraged over pending World Bank loan for a joint project with Shell Oil in Nigeria, saying IFC favours profitability over local environmental and social concerns.

18 June 2001

Environment

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Chad Cameroon arrest

Yorongar Ngarlejy arrested, supporters urge halt to Bank-backed oil project.

18 June 2001

Infrastructure

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Nigerians condemn IFC collaboration with Shell

IFC plans for a joint project with the Shell oil company in Nigeria have been condemned by Niger Delta-based community organisations and international human rights groups.

18 June 2001

Finance

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IMF and WB wanted for fraud

Protesters carrying placards proclaiming “Africa Needs Liberation Not Charity” and “the Debt is a Fraud” gathered outside World Bank offices in London on 26 May to mark African Liberation Day.

18 June 2001

Conditionality

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Malawian NGOs recommend PRSP improvements

Following a successful bid to extend the PRSP process in Malawi, the Malawi Economic Justice Network has appraised the process with a view to informing and improving the next stages.

18 June 2001

Rights

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Southern African Bank watch

The Alternative Information and Development Centre (AIDC), based in Cape Town, South Africa, has launched a newsletter to monitor the World Bank and IMF activities in Southern Africa.

5 April 2001

Conditionality

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“Joke” Malawian PRSP deadline extended

Civil society organisations in Malawi which described the PRSP process there as “a joke” have succeeded in persuading their government to extend the process.

5 April 2001

Land

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Some progress on Mozambique cashew, sugar liberalisation

Mozambique has won more flexibility in its five-year battle with the World Bank and IMF to restrict the export of unprocessed cashew nuts.

5 April 2001

Environment

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Concern on African pipeline watchdog

In early March the World Bank Group announced a special International Advisory Group (IAG) to oversee the controversial Chad-Cameroon oil pipeline project.

5 April 2001

Finance

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Africans query World Bank, IMF governance mantra

A week-long “listening tour” brought World Bank President James Wolfensohn and IMF Managing Director Horst K

5 April 2001