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Vol 55 No 7

Published 4th April 2014


Congo-Kinshasa

Hitch for dam plan

The Inga III dam on the Congo River has a few more obstacles to overcome following a new World Bank report

The approval of a US$73.1 million grant by the World Bank's Board of Directors on 20 March would suggest that all is well with Congo-Kinshasa's 4,000-megawatt Inga III hydropower project (AC Vol 54 No 13, The real power politics). The funds, together with $33.4 mn. from the African Development Bank approved late last year, will finance the environmental and social assessments of the dam, and set up an independent Inga Development Authority. Yet the Bank's 101-page report, obtained by Africa Confidential before the Board meeting, reveals that the project is beset by problems.

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