Our federal government – to protect a Canadian multinational – is trying to thwart World Bank rules that would punish a company for international corruption. We need your help to encourage the World Bank to live up to its rules and to let Canada’s new prime minister, Paul Martin, know that we will expect more from Canada under his leadership.
(September 17, 2003) In recent months, under pressure from some of its big borrower countries, and with a realisation that private sector investment has been lacking in critical areas, the bank is returning to the infrastructure business. It says it has learnt from its mistakes. But environmentalist critics are less sure.
(September 1, 2003) Overwhelmed by complaints of failed water projects due to official corruption, the African Development Bank (ADB) has announced the cancellation of 80 per cent of its projects in the country.
(August 21, 2003) EDC needs be proactive in weeding out bribe-givers from its list of clients.
(August 13, 2003) Independent power producer AES Corp., has pulled out of a World Bank sponsored dam project in Uganda, raising questions about the future of the controversial plan.
(June 24, 2003) Without public disclosure of the underlying financial agreements for the Nam Theun 2 dam project, there is no way for the people of Lao PDR or Thailand to know whether or not this project is, as proponents claim, in their best interest.
(June 11, 2003) Veteran politician Vatana Asavahame, his brother Somporn, his long-time close aide Man Pattanotai and seven others will be charged with involvement in corruption surrounding the Klong Dan wastewater treatment project.
(November 23, 2002) Richard Kaijuka, former World Bank associate director, may face a U.S. grand jury set over the US$10,000 bribery scandal concerning the 250MW US$550m Bujagali power project, reports Alfred Wasike.
(November 21, 2002) Power from a controversial hydro-electric scheme for which Uganda is seeking World Bank backing could cost it far more than necessary, according to development campaigners.
(October 1, 2002) Scandal rages around alleged bribery in Lesotho, where the World Bank is financing Africa’s largest water project.
(September 30, 2002) The heart of darkness could soon be lighting up Africa. There are plans to build the world’s largest hydroelectric project on the Congo river and connect it to a continent-wide electricity grid.
(August 10, 2002) We are not surprised at the reported high levels of corruption under Chiluba regime, International Monetary Fund (IMF) resident representative Mark Ellyne has said.
(July 31, 2002) ‘The market economy is not a sin. … the sin comes from inequality of non-economic rights. It is this inequality of rights that distorts China’s market economy, and that also leads to omnipresent corruption and peasant problems,’ writes Prof. Zhu Xueqin.
(July 30, 2002) Probe’s submission provides a public record of why the ADB’s inspection of Thailand’s Samut Prakarn Wastewater Treatment Project has failed to deliver the level of accountability and justice demanded by affected communities.
(July 11, 2002) The multinational firms recently fingered for corrupt practices in the United States may be practising similar operations on a larger scale in developing countries, say long-time corporate watchdogs.