Grand Inga, the world’s largest hydropower scheme, is proposed for the Congo River in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), one of Africa’s most politically volatile and corruption-plagued countries. But with a price tag of US$80 billion, concerns are growing that foreign companies will gain vast economic benefits from this mega-project, taking attention away from the development needs of Africa’s poor majority. The poor maintenance and financial problems of Inga 1 and 2 raise concerns about the risks of Inga 3 and Grand Inga.
Climate Change: A concerted international effort is urgently needed to ensure that Africa does not slip into climate-induced chaos.
Commentary: Decisions taken now on Africa's water and energy infrastructure will set the stage for the next 50 years. We'd better get it right.
China: Africa's new best friend is building dams with serious social and environmental impacts.
A water storage dilemma – small, medium or large dams? – is being played out in Africa's "water tower."
World Bank: An internal conflict pits Bank sta
For too long, the World Bank has invested in grandiose projects that do little or nothing to help the poor. It’s time for its leaders to abandon the grand vision and embrace a down–to–earth approach. AS THE WORLD’S financial leaders gather in Washington this weekend for the annual meetings of the World Bank, help for Africa will be high on their agenda. Paul Wolfowitz, the bank’s president, has declared Africa and its poorest people to be his top priority. And the decision at the G–8 summit in July to make the bank the main administrator of funds committed to Africa adds weight to
To: Editor, Foreign Policy RE: Response to Mallaby’s "NGOs Fighting Poverty Hurting the Poor" From: Jim MacNeill [NOTE: Jim MacNeill was the Chairman of the World Bank’s Inspection Panel from March 1, 1999– December 31, 2001] Given Foreign Policy’s reputation, I was surprised to see Sebastian Mallaby’s "NGOs: Fighting Poverty, Hurting the Poor" in your October 2004 edition. I am not averse to reading an obviously one–sided polemic; if well done, it can be entertaining. However, the growing role of civil society in international affairs presents us with a novel set of fascinating i
Sebastian Mallaby c/o The Washington Post 1150 15th Street, N.W. Washington, DC 20071 Dear Mr. Mallaby, I was quite surprised to see that my very brief phone conversation with you received such prominence in your recent article in Foreign Policy. My recollection of the call differs from yours. I remember that you were vague about identifying yourself and your professional affiliations, were aggressive in your line of questioning, and that I responded with caution. Given International Rivers’s history of helping journalists with stories on Bujagali1, you can rest assured that had you clearly
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