Sub-Saharan Africa

Infrastructure

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Kenya faces new aid embargo

In January the IMF and World Bank threatened to cut off Kenya from more than $450 million in aid as a result of a parliamentary bill on interest rate controls.

6 February 2001

Conditionality

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New research on African PRSPs

A study for the Strategic Partnership for Africa of eight countries provides a useful summary of experience to date with producing interim PRSPs.

6 February 2001

Finance

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Dakar 2000: from resistance to alternatives

In December a meeting of campaigners in Dakar, Senegal assessed Africa’s debt crisis and the human effects of structural adjustment.

6 February 2001

Infrastructure

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Ugandan dam concerns

Ugandan and international NGOs have written to the head of the IFC to raise concerns about its planned support for the Bujagali Falls dam.

12 December 2000

News

Africa Partnership

UK Prime Minister Tony Blair is also promoting an “Africa Partnership Initiative”.

12 December 2000

Environment

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Chadian president spends pipeline windfall on arms

In June the World Bank agreed to back the Chad Cameroon oil pipeline, despite serious reservations from civil society groups in Chad and around the world.

12 December 2000

Conditionality

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US rejects user fees

The US government has been forced to adopt legislation requiring it to oppose IMF and WB loans, which contain conditions for the imposition of user fees for primary education or primary health care.

12 December 2000

Conditionality

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Tanzanian NGOs criticise PRSP

The Government of Tanzania’s Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper (PRSP) was endorsed by the IMF and WB Boards in early December despite claims from Tanzanian NGOs that the consultative process was inadequate.

12 December 2000

Conditionality

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Reflections on Kenyan PRSP process

NGOs in Kenya are highly critical that the Poverty Reduction Strategy process did not fully involve NGOs, was dominated by the Bank and IMF and was not poverty focussed.

12 December 2000

Conditionality

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Nigerian union takes IMF and Bank to court

In October, the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) asked the High Court in Lagos to declare as illegal, pressures by the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) on President Olusegun Obasanjo to implement their economic policies on Nigerians.

26 October 2000

Environment

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Chad-Cameroon mechanism contested

Civil society groups have provided detailed comments to the World Bank on the proposed International Advisory Group which is supposed to monitor implementation of the Chad-Cameroon Pipeline.

26 October 2000

Rights

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Chad-Cameroon latest

The World Bank Board approved the Chad-Cameroon oil pipeline project in early June.

11 August 2000