For Immediate Release--July 9, 2012
World Bank's infrastructure approach under increased scrutiny
As the G20 and the World Bank continue their push for increased investment in large-scale public-private led infrastructure projects, further scrutiny of the Bank’s track record puts its strategy in question.
Contributed by Zachary A. Lomo, St. Edmund’s College, University of Cambridge.
Copyright by and reproduced with permission from Devon Peña, Professor of Anthropology, University of Washington, Seattle WA.
The relationship between Iowa State University and AgriSol Energy, as revealed in more than 400 emails recently obtained by the Associated Press through a Freedom of Information Act request, raises fundamental questions about transparency of public institutions and the meaning of public-private partnerships.
An independent watchdog is piling pressure on the United States government to intervene in a deal whereby by US agribusiness corporation AgriSol Energy LLC is taking over 800,000 acres of land in Tanzania’s western Rukwa region.
The deal could see the eviction of 160,000 households who have been living on the land for over 40 years.
Press Release--Green Scenery
Freetown, June 27, 2012
Green Scenery, a non-governmental organization monitoring large scale land investments in Sierra Leone, has been informed that a ten-acre plantation of oil palm, cola nuts, coffee and cacao has been completely destroyed by employees of Socfin Agricultural Company S.L. (SAC) in Malen Chiefdom, Pujehun District.
Iowa State University officials accepted trips to Tanzania on behalf of Iowa-based AgriSol Energy in exchange for their time and a promise of gifts to the university in the form of scholarship funds, according to recently released email exchanges between top administrators and Iowa Board