Kenya: Inspection panel faults World Bank for ‘noncompliance’ with own indigenous peoples and involuntary resettlement policies

The World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors met on Tuesday October 20, 2015 to discuss the Inspection Panel investigation of the Kenya Electricity Expansion Project. The $330 million IDA project, approved in May 2010, aims to increase the capacity, efficiency, and quality of electricity supply as well as expand access to electricity in urban, peri-urban, and rural areas.

The Inspection Panel’s investigation responded to members of the Maasai community claiming harm as a result of resettlement of four villages. The project is being implemented by Kenya Electricity Generating Company (KenGen), and jointly financed with the European Investment Bank (EIB) and other donor agencies. The Bank’s Board authorized the investigation in February 2015 and the Inspection Panel submitted its report in July 2015. The EIB also received a complaint on the project and its Complaints Mechanism undertook an investigation into these claims.

The Inspection Panel found that that some of the most vulnerable people experienced harms during the resettlement process, and the Panel observed impoverishment among them as a result of the resettlement. The Panel found noncompliance with Bank policies related to indigenous peoples and involuntary resettlement and inadequate supervision by the Bank. It also found that the Bank had followed its policies with regard to Physical Cultural Resources.

The Panel’s investigation report and Management’s response to it can be found here.

Click on the link below to read a press release from the World Bank Group.

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Date: 04/11/2015




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