Ethiopia Refuses to Cooperate With World-Bank-Funding Probe over land acquisitions

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Ethiopia Refuses to Cooperate With World-Bank-Funding Probe

By William Davison – May 28, 2013 4:54 PM GMT+0100

Ethiopia’s government said it won’t cooperate with a probe into whether the World Bank violated its own policies by funding a program in which thousands of people were allegedly relocated to make way for agriculture investors.

Ethnic Anuak people in Ethiopia’s southwestern Gambella region and rights groups including Human Rights Watch last year accused the Washington-based lender of funding a program overseen by soldiers to forcibly resettle 45,000 households. The Inspection Panel of the World Bank, an independent complaints mechanism, began an investigation in October into the allegations, which donors and the government have denied.

Ethiopia Refuses to Cooperate With World-Bank-Funding Probe

Ethiopia, Africa’s most-populous nation after Nigeria, has made 3.3 million hectares (8.2 million acres) of land available to agriculture companies. Photographer: Jenny Vaughan/AFP/Getty Images

“We are not going to cooperate with the Inspection Panel,” Getachew Reda, a…

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