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Threats to communities affected by development banks-funded projects exacerbated by COVID-19 outbreak

Author: Alexandre Andrade Sampaio, International Accountability Project, Published on: 23 June 2020

'The Responsibility of Development Banks: Assist Communities Affected by Bank Projects First', June 6, 2020

Communities adversely affected by projects recently funded by development finance institutions (DFIs) have been put in such a vulnerable state that they now struggle to gather the most basic items for survival... Isabel Zuleta, whose community has been impacted by the mega hydropower project Hidroituango in Colombia, financed by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) Group, makes the connection crystal clear: “The dam and the landslide it caused destroyed our homes, so it’s impossible for us to stay safe. Our communities are starving, as the dam destroyed our livelihoods. The landslides caused by the Hidroituango destroyed our hospital and what’s left in terms of health facilities in the municipalities is not enough for all of us...” ...Cosme Vitor of the Favelas’ Association of São José dos Campos does not tire of demonstrating, now and again, the connection between the communities they assist which face an impoverished situation and the IDB Group’s São José dos Campos Urban Structuring Program and Neighborhood Improved Inhabit Brazil... The members of the Asopesca Tocopilla Association are traditional fisherfolk communities [in Chile] who are facing the prospect of the Radomiro Tomic desalination plant … right on the shores they use as the primary source for their livelihood.  [Refers to World Bank Group].

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Related companies: Inter-American Development Bank