How a project with good aims delivered bitter outcomes in Sierra Leone

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Reports about land-grabs in Africa often attack the corporations that stand to profit from such projects. But little is said of the international development banks that fund the projects.

Development banks are supposed to ensure adherence to human rights in the projects they fund, because human rights protection is central to sustainable development. Instead, their practices provide fertile ground for violations by encouraging companies to cut costs and maximise profits, impoverishing local communities in the process.
Original languageEnglish
Specialist publicationThe Conversation
PublisherThe Conversation UK
Publication statusPublished - 8 Jan 2016

Bibliographical note

Gearoid Millar received funding for this study from Radboud University Nijmegen and the Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland.


  • Biofuels
  • international development
  • Banks
  • Human rights
  • Bioenergy
  • Sierra Leone
  • Land grab
  • African politics


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