Ugandan and international NGOs have written to the head of the IFC to raise concerns about its planned support for the Bujagali Falls dam.
UK Prime Minister Tony Blair is also promoting an “Africa Partnership Initiative”.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The World Bank announced in early July that it is to make available $500 million in loans to help countries combat the growing threat of AIDS.
The IMF looks set to repeat mistakes which led to the demise of Mozambique’s cashew processing industry.
In mid-July 64 Kenyan MPs signed a statement urging the IMF and World Bank to suspend discussions on new loans to their government after a select committee report into corruption was cut, deleting the names of some politicians and civil servants.
In July South African activists told IMF Managing Director Horst K
In July, the Nigerian House of Representatives adopted a non-binding motion urging the federal government to suspend all activities in respect of an IMF standby loan until the conditions were made public.