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Ethiopia refuses Inspection Panel investigation

News|Bretton Woods Project|26 June 2013|update 86|url

Ethiopia has said that it will not cooperate in a proposed investigation by the World Bank's accountability mechanism, the Inspection Panel (IP), into a programme linked to the Bank that according to the indigenous peoples filing the complaint led to "forced villagisation". read article...

IMF-sanctioned reforms "hurting Malawians"

News|Bretton Woods Project|26 June 2013|update 86|url

Voice Mohne, chair of the council for non-governmental organisations in Malawi, declared to President Joyce Banda at a May public meeting that the adoption of the "full set of IMF reforms" by Banda's government was "too much for an average Malawian to absorb", because "there is no meaningful safety net mechanism". read article...

World Bank-led Burundi coffee privatisation challenged on human rights grounds

News|Bretton Woods Project|26 June 2013|update 86|url

In mid April two UN special rapporteurs raised the alarm about the World Bank-led privatisation of Burundi's coffee industry and called for suspension of the policy pending a full human rights-based impact assessment. read article...

IFC invests in Kenyan private international school

News|Bretton Woods Project|9 April 2013|update 85|url

The International Finance Corporation (IFC, the private sector arm of the World Bank) in mid-March proposed a $7 million investment in Kenyan private education firm, Brookhouse Schools Limited. read article...

Tanzania water project "complete failure"

News|Bretton Woods Project|8 April 2013|update 85|url

A Tanzanian water and sanitation project, in which the Bank invested $164 million from 2003 to 2010, has been "a complete failure" according to NGO Civil and Political Rights Watch (CPRW). read article...

Growing Africa?

News|Bretton Woods Project|8 April 2013|update 85|url

The Bank's continued enthusiasm for agribusiness was evident in its March report, Growing Africa, which highlighted the potential of the African agriculture sector, currently valued at $313 billion a year, to triple if governments and business leaders engage in radical policy reform and generate public private partnerships. read article...

IFC-Coke 'development' project to sell drinks

News|Bretton Woods Project|3 April 2013|update 85|url

In a three-year $100 million partnership, announced in mid March, the IFC and Coca-Cola will work together with female entrepreneurs in Africa and other emerging markets. read article...

Malawians feel the pinch of IMF reforms

News|Bretton Woods Project|13 February 2013|update 84|url

Demonstrations have taken place throughout Malawi prompted by the rising cost of living and the increasingly unpopular leadership of president Joyce Banda who has been closely following a US$156 million three-year programme approved in July, 2012 by the IMF's Extended Credit Facility (ECF). read article...

IMF-Zimbabwe relations tentatively resume

News|Bretton Woods Project|6 December 2012|update 83|url

In September the IMF executive board praised Zimbabwe's efforts to repay its debts to the Fund and relaxed restrictions on technical assistance. read article...

World Bank's health work challenged on gender

News|Bretton Woods Project|6 December 2012|update 83|url

Gender Action's new report Banking on health, published in October, examines IFIs' commitment to addressing gender issues in health-related projects. read article...

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