Ethiopia: Oakland Institute accuses World Bank of reinventing program associated with eviction of indigenous groups to pave way for agribusiness

A new report by Oakland Institute alleges the World Bank has reinvented rather than abolish a program "associated with human rights abuses and the forced relocation of indigenous communities while paving the road for large - scale land grabs.

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29 March 2016

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Author: Oakland Institute

"Moral Bankruptcy: World Bank Reinvents Tainted Aid Program for Ethiopia"

On September 15, 2015, the World Bank announced US$600 million of financing for a new initiative in Ethiopia, Enhancing Shared Prosperity through Equitable Services(ESPES).Its purported aim, like its predecessor, the Promoting Basic Services (PBS) program, is expanding access to basic services such as water, education, and healthcare. The PBS has been associated with human rights abuses and the forced relocation of indigenous communities while paving the way for land grabs. Yet, rather than addressing the concerns raised about the program, the Bank has just launched an almost identical initiative under a new name...

In an era of large-scale land acquisitions, which are resulting not in investments in local economies but in land grabs from local communities, it is imperative to respect the rights and livelihoods of all citizens of Ethiopia. The World Bank and the United States can and need to do better.

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29 March 2016

Report calls World Bank-supported agribusiness program "tainted" for failure to protect vulnerable communities

Author: Oakland Institute

"With Support from the US Treasury, World Bank Reinvents Tainted Aid Program for Ethiopia"

Moral Bankruptcy: World Bank Reinvents Tainted Aid Program for Ethiopia, a new report released today by the Oakland Institute, exposes the shameful reinvention of one of the Bank’s most problematic programs in Ethiopia. The report also reveals that the US Treasury violated congressional law when voting in favor of this program...

For years, the PBS program has been associated with human rights abuses and the forced relocation of indigenous communities while paving the road for large-scale land grabs. These issues were highlighted in a report by the World Bank’s own independent Inspection Panel in 2015. Rather than addressing the grave concerns raised about the program, the Bank, instead, chose to launch an almost identical initiative under a new name.

“The World Bank has turned a blind eye to the findings of the Inspection Panel and well-being of indigenous communities in Ethiopia by conveniently re-launching PBS under a new name,” said Anuradha Mittal, Executive Director of the Oakland Institute. “This incredibly irresponsible behaviour of the Bank shows that it would rather uphold the status quo than protect vulnerable communities.”

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