In November 250 representatives of civil society met in Harare for the first Zimbabwe national forum of the joint NGO-WB SAPRI (Structural Adjustment Participatory Review Initiative).
Jubilee 2000 representatives held a South-South Summit in South Africa in late November.
The World Bank has again delayed a decision on the Chad-Cameroon oil pipeline after further criticism from NGOs in Chad, Cameroon, Europe and the USA.
A dozen major international dam-building companies involved in the World Bank-funded Lesotho Highlands Water Project (LHWP) have lavishly bribed a top official on the project, allegedly giving nearly US$2 million in bribes over ten years.
The IMF has agreed to lend US$7.32 bn to the Zimbabwean government despite continued concerns about corruption in the land reform process; the cost of supporting Zimbabwean troops in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC); a planned privatisation of the Hwange power plant; and the reintroduction of price controls.
African NGOs met in Nairobi in August to discuss and formulate an Africa Consensus on economic and social development to challenge the Washington Consensus.
A new paper from the World Resources Institute examines the World Bank’s use of adjustment lending to promote policy reform for favourable environmental outcomes.
The Bank is due to decide in the next few weeks whether to support the Chad-Cameroon oil pipeline.
Cameroonian and Chadian groups are appealing for support during the last few crucial months before the World Bank decides whether to support the Chad-Cameroon oil pipeline project.
A two-part TV programme giving a behind the scenes look at World Bank/IMF negotiations in Uganda has just been screened in the UK.
Critical findings from a World Bank environmental team have set back the planned approval of World Bank support for the Chad-Cameroon oil pipeline.
Donor procedures and aid coordination have improved and resource flows to Sub-Saharan African countries increased under the Special Programme of Assistance for Africa (SPA), according to a recent report.