Kenya : corruption charges in connection with funds designated to assist with drought relief (AfricaFiles / The Nation)

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Kenya: Donors cut aid over fresh funds scandal

Summary & Comment: Kenya is facing corruption charges from the World Bank in connection with funds designated to assist with drought relief. Other donor nations including the European Union are reassessing their aid to Kenya in the light of this scandal. DH

Author: Daily Nation Reporter
Date Written: 7 July 2011
Primary Category: Eastern Region
Document Origin: Daily Nation, Kenya
Secondary Category: -none-
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Key Words: Kenya, World Bank, scandal, funds, aid,


A scandal similar to one that led to donor freeze of Free Primary Education funding has emerged in the programme to save communities from the effects of drought. Billions of shillings committed by various donors and international lending institutions for fighting drought in Northern Kenya are frozen as the country begins to confront suspension by the World Bank of a critical drought management project that has been running since 1996, and which is currently under the ministry for the Development of Northern Kenya and Other Arid Lands. It is financed by the government and a World Bank loan.

Author: Willem Van Cotthem

Honorary Professor of Botany, University of Ghent (Belgium). Scientific Consultant for Desertification and Sustainable Development.

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