Sub-Saharan Africa

Knowledge

News

PRSPs: a continuation of structural adjustment

Debate remains over the formulation and content of PRSPs. Many analysts suggest that they continue the trajectory of structural adjustment policies.

5 April 2004

Private Sector

News

Acres debarment: Litmus test for Bank on corruption

The Bank's sanctions committee has reopened the debarment case against Acres International, a Canadian firm whose conviction for bribing an official was upheld by the Lesotho appeals court last August.

5 April 2004

Conditionality

Commentary

Life under the IMF’s magnifying glass:

The Fund takes to micro-management in Zambia to ensure compliance with belt tightening measures, threatening civil unrest.

5 April 2004 | Guest comment

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

Knowledge

News

IMF and poverty: strange bed fellows

The IMF's capacity and legitimacy to address poverty have been debated by many analysts within…

29 March 2004

Accountability

News

In through the back door: capacity building or concession taking?

Some of the recommendations made in the diagnostic studies of the Integrated Framework touch upon sensitive areas in development policy such as privatisation, trade liberalisation and investment and competition policy.

28 January 2004

Environment

News

UK MPs support Bushmen

A motion signed by 42 MPs urges the UK government to encourage Botswana to respect the rights of Botswana's Bushmen.

24 November 2003

Conditionality

News

Debt and destruction in Senegal

A new report by Demba Moussa Demb

24 November 2003

Accountability

News

Chadians "mourn" while World Bank and oil companies celebrate pipeline

The coalition of Human Rights Associations in Chad has called for a national day of mourning on October 10, the date of the official inauguration of the Chad Cameroon Oil Pipeline.

8 October 2003

Land

News

Bank pushed policies likely to cause famine - book

A former Bank consultant has charged the Bank with pushing policies which would have led to the starvation of a third of a million people in Sierra Leone.

8 September 2003

Conditionality

Commentary

The myths and dangers of PRSPs

The myths of Poverty Reduction Strategy Papers - that they are nationally owned, pro-poor, and poverty-reducing - should be debunked.

8 September 2003 | Guest comment

Accountability

News

Bank silent on corporate corruption in Lesotho

Controversy over the call for debarment of a Canadian contractor is proving a litmus test of the Bank's commitment to apply the same standards to corrupt Northern companies as it does to Southern governments.

8 September 2003