(April 27, 2004) A statement made for years by non-governmental organisations has been adopted by Dutch Development Minister Agnes Van Ardenne at the recent annual meetings of the World Bank in Washington.
The duplication, waste and inefficiencies of the worldwide aid business are largely a consequence of unilateralism – that is, of the unwillingness of many donor countries . . . to coordinate development projects within the countries they aid
(February 1, 2004) Last year, presumably in an attempt to clean up its tarnished image, the World Bank produced a glossy brochure: “10 things you never knew about the World Bank”.
(January 16, 2004) An unnamed official at the Iraqi Trade Ministry told London’s "Al-Sharq al-Awsat" the ministry plans on suing companies and prosecuting former regime officials for corrupt practices.
(January 2, 2004) The initial agreement between France and the young republic called on Haiti to pay the whole 150 million francs in five annual payments of 30 million gold francs. That proved impossible for Haiti.
(December 30, 2003) The US Justice Department has released files of the Bujagali bribery investigation.
(December 16, 2003) Canadian consulting firm Acres International prepared a secret report the World Bank relied on to select which Ugandan hydro project (Karuma/Bujagali) to bankroll.
(December 16, 2003) The Canadian agency that underwrites large-scale export projects must adopt tougher rules against bribery by client companies, says a report by a trade union anti-corruption group.
(December 15, 2003) The Canadian Crown corporation says it is satisfied with safeguards in place, but a new report indicates it shouldn’t be.
(December 4, 2003) In a blunt message to African leaders, [Canadian] Prime Minister Jean Chrétien said they must tackle corruption and government mismanagement to attract foreign investment.
While Bono’s oratory may be splendid, his analysis sells Africa short . . . As Africans know too well, the more that their governments have received foreign aid, the more poverty has grown. CBC Commentary
(November 16, 2003) The World Bank’s refusal to help fund a Canadian company’s controversial development of a huge open pit gold mine in Romania has raised concerns the Canadian government will step in with money.
(November 6, 2003) The Guardian newspaper in London reported recently that a UK-based lobbying firm is under investigation over the Bujagali dam project.
(November 5, 2003) A Canadian public lending agency that lobbied in defence of Acres International, the first multinational to be convicted in the landmark corruption trials currently underway in the southern African state of Lesotho, has said it will not bar the Canadian engineering giant from future contracts.
(October 31, 2003) Measures and safeguards, as well as EDC’s normal business considerations and application of its Anti-Corruption Program, help to ensure that future business for which Acres might seek our support is not tainted by corruption.