International Rivers and the Bujagali Dam Project The Bujagali campaign was the topic of a case study by the Harvard Business School. Order the case study. Harnessing the power of the Nile –– Power for the people? UN-IRIN, March 2003. Nonexistent node nid: 597.
Bujagali Dam is being revived by the government of Uganda. This article reviews the big problems that persist with the Bujagali Dam Project, The Sunrise, April 26, 2005. Nonexistent node nid: 533.
By Cindy Schreiber, Columbia University Graduate Program in Journalism. Article from www.jrn.columbia.edu, May, 2002. Bujaga
Uganda clearly needs power, but questions remain as to whether its single-minded focus on large dams is the most appropriate approach for the poor, indebted nation. Although less than 10% of the Ugandan population has access to electricity, most citizens could not afford the costly power from the nation's newest dam, Bujagali, even if they were offered free connections to the national grid. In addition, climate change is expected to make large hydro more risky in East Africa, and Uganda is already dependent on two large dams for meeting nearly all of its energy needs. Local activists have be
In recent years, the Chinese government has encouraged state-owned enterprises to issue public shares, and as a result, many Chinese dam-building companies have started to issue new shares. During an IPO, there is significant attention on the company’s performance and business risk. International Rivers took a series of actions during the Initial Public Offering (IPO) of Sinohydro, which commenced in March 2009 and concluded in September 2012. International Rivers IPO campaign was not a simple protest, but represented an opportunity to continue our case for environmental policy reform and h
Sinohydro’s policy commitments arise from its “Policy Framework for Sustainable Development,” in which it has adopted the World Bank and International Finance Corporation’s safeguard policies as a minimum standard. Sinohydro has advised that it expects to make its policy commitments public by October 2012 via its website. However, as the date of posting, Sinohydro hasn't published its policy commitments. Commitment Source Legal Compliance Sinohydro adopts the strictest standards where possible. (For example, in the case that Sinohydro’s policy commitments are higher than ho
The Power 4 People campaign calls for a fundamental shift in global energy lending to ensure universal access to modern energy for all people in a sustainable and climate-resilient way by 2030. This platform includes the demands for governments and international finance institutions.
Primer Llamada para comunidades amenazadas y afectadas por represas, movimientos sociales, organizaciones civiles, ambientalistas y de derechos humanos para compartir experiencias y construir estrategias conjuntas para la defensa de la vida y nuestros ríos, pueblos, cultura y territorios.
In April of 2013, we sent a letter to the World Bank and the U.S. Treasury signed by 24 international civil society organizations expressing concern over the directions of the World Bank's revision of its Operational Policies (social and environmental safeguards). The letter expressed a need for the World Bank to modernize its risk assessment and management policies to include improved language on cumulative impacts, environmental flows, climate change, downstream impacts, integrated resources management, human rights, and dam safety in its revised safeguards policies. You can read the letter
Official Hydropower Sustainability Assessment Protocol (HSAP) assessments must be posted publicly on the HSAP website, and a 60-day period must be opened to receive public comments. Comments must be posted at this webpage. These are sent to the International Hydropower Association, the managing entity of the HSAP, and are shared with the project developer. However, neither the IHA nor the developer are required to respond to the comments in any way. Below we track public comments made on Official HSAP Assessments, to our knowledge. You can see a list of which Official HSAP Assessments have be
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