Sub-Saharan Africa

Finance

News

G8: “Absolutely zilch” for Africa

Civil society organizations were disappointed by the outcome of talks at the G8 summit in Canada on an Africa Action Plan, HIPC and education.

24 July 2002

Land

News

What was IMF role in Malawi famine?

The worst famine in fifty years has resulted in several thousand deaths in Malawi in early 2002.

24 July 2002

Conditionality

News

Ugandan MP denounces Bank/Fund prescriptions

Ugandan MP Sheila Mishembi Kawamara, at a 5 June meeting of East African legislative members, said that countries such as China, Mauritius, Vietnam and Thailand had refused to take World Bank and IMF prescriptions and their economies were thriving.

24 July 2002

Accountability

News

Bank’s pledge to fight corruption put to test

Allegations of corruption made against Bank-backed projects in Lesotho, Uganda and Kenya have raised questions about the Bank’s recent anti-corruption crusade. A report from Mozambique complains that the Bank is rewarding “good performance” by allowing corruption.

24 July 2002

Rights

News

Malawi Economic Justice Network Civil Society Briefing Issue 16

Malawi Economic Justice Network Civil Society Briefing Issue 16

25 June 2002

Infrastructure

News

World Bank Inspection Panel Report reinforces criticism of the controversial Bujagali Hydropower Pro

The World Bank Executive Board has delayed the decision over a political risk guarantee of $250m for the Bujagali Dam Project until June 18.

11 June 2002

Conditionality

Background

The Ugandan PRSP Experience

Meeting with Rick Rowden, RESULTS, 31 May 2002

8 May 2002 | Minutes

Land

News

Bank fingered in Malawi famine

According to Action Aid, famine in Malawi has been compounded by World Bank-guided food policies.

8 May 2002

Accountability

News

Bujagali dam affected by Enron-fallout

U.S. power company AES Corp. has been forced to delay building the $550 million Bujagali dam, Uganda, because of a financing shortfall.

25 March 2002

Social services

News

Ghanaians contest Bank-backed water privatisation

A broad coalition of organisations is challenging the plan to privatise Ghana’s water system. They complain that the World Bank and IMF-promoted scheme will not extend services to poorer people or ensure fair pricing. The deal - which the IMF has just made part of its new conditions for Ghana - reflects the biases of the consultants which drew it up at a cost of $3million.

25 March 2002

Accountability

News

Bank downplays Lesotho dam corruption

The World Bank has recently announced that it will not be taking action following allegations of corruption levelled at corporate clients in Peru and Lesotho. The Peru goldmine and Lesotho dam cases lead some Bank-watchers to question the Bank’s high-profile commitment to rooting out corruption.

25 March 2002

Conditionality

News

Nigeria sends IMF away

The Nigerian government has cancelled its IMF programme. IMF spokesperson tests Argentinians’ sense of humour by agreeing that mistakes may be made again in the future. He explained: “that is economics. And that is why it is so much fun”.

25 March 2002