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Implantation d’une sidérurgie turque : Bargny vent debout contre Tosyali

 21 septembre 2020

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Après le combat contre l’érection de la centrale à charbon, Bargny est sur un nouveau front avec l’implantation annoncée de l’usine de sidérurgie Tosyali. Aucune occasion n’est alors de trop pour se faire entendre et samedi la tonalité de la protestation était bien au rendez-vous. C’était en fait l’ouverture d’Assises pour se pencher sur les questions de propreté et de gestion du cadre de vie sur trois jours mais, certains habitants étaient eux debout. Debout pour dire non de manière catégorique au projet de l’entreprise turque Tosyali autorisée par l’Etat à ériger sa sidérurgie non loin de la centrale à charbon. Ses habitants dont certains en rouge, pour exprimer le degré de leur exaspération, ont attendu l’arrivée du ministre Abdou Karim Fofana à la rencontre pour sortir de nulle part avec des pancartes estampillées «Non à Tosyali» et des slogans assez musclés à l’endroit des autorités. Une confusion totale durant quelques minutes à l’entrée du complexe culturel El Hadj Ndiouga Dieng ayant abrité la rencontre et puis l’entrée du ministre du Cadre de vie et sa délégation. Les contestataires laissés à eux-mêmes à l’entrée ont continué pendant quelques minutes à se défouler pacifiquement comme pour dire que le combat venait juste de démarrer. A l’intérieur il était question de propreté et de cadre de vie et l’implantation de la sidérurgie ne pouvait ne pas s’inviter aux débats. Et là, le maire de la commune Abou Ahmet Seck a ramé dans le même sens que ses administrés protestataires dans un langage très diplomatique. «On parle toujours de cadre de vie et nous avons ici pas mal d’industries. Nous avons la Sococim et des projets qui sont annoncés (…) Nous pensons qu’il y a moyen de faire un bilan performance et trouver un autre site plus adapté pour accueillir ce projet sidérurgique qui est dans l’intérêt du Sénégal», a estimé l’édile de Bargny. «Seules les villes qui auront un cachet environnemental fort pourront tirer leur épingle du jeu», a-t-il projeté dans sa lancée. Cela dit, M. Seck a énuméré les importantes réalisations de la commune en termes de relogement des habitants impactés par l’érosion côtière tout en appelant le ministre en charge du Logement à un engagement pour la poursuite de ce programme communal. «Nous comptons sur l’Etat pour reloger les familles qui n’ont pas encore eu la chance de trouver un toit pour sortir ces populations des affres de l’érosion côtière», a-t-il exhorté. Le ministre de l’Urba­nisme, du logement et du cadre de vie s’est félicité de la tenue des assises sur la propreté et le cadre de vie tout en promettant son accompagnement à la commune qui, selon lui, devrait être imitée dans la gestion du cadre de vie par les actions d’envergure réalisées par l’équipe municipale.

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PLAINTE CONTRE TOSYALI HOLDING POUR

 NON RESPECT DES PRINCIPES DIRECTEURS DE L’OCDE

Lumière Synergie pour le Développement (LSD) et l’Association des femmes transformatrices de poissons[1] de Bargny Guedj ‘’Khecom’’ viennent de déposer une plainte auprès du Point de Contact National turc (PCN) contre l’entreprise Tosyali Holding Senegal, qui tente de s’accaparer du site de transformation des femmes pour y construire un complexe minier sidérurgique.

Tosyali n’a pas consulté la communauté et n’a pas exercé une diligence raisonnable en matière de droits de l’hommepour évaluer les risques que vont engendrés ses opérations, spécifiquement sur les femmes transformatrices de poissons[2]. Tout ceci en violation des Principes Directeurs de l’OCDE à l’intention des Entreprises Multinationales, notamment en ces chapitres II (Principes Généraux), IV (Droits de l’homme) et, VI (Environnement).

Dans cette plainte, les plaignants (LSD et les femmes transformatrices de poissons) sollicitent les bons offices du PCN pour contraindre Tosyali Holding Sénégal à se conformer aux Principes Directeurs de l’OCDEarrêter immédiatement ses activités sur le site Khelcom et engager le dialogue avec les femmes.

Les Principes Directeurs constituent des normes sociales et environnementales reconnues au niveau mondial, des recommandations en matière de Responsabilité Sociale des Entreprises (RSE) adoptées en 2000 et qui s’adressent aux multinationales opérant à partir ou en dehors des pays adhérants de l’OCDE[3]


[1] Pour rappel, plus de 1 500 femmes luttent depuis 10 années pour défendre leur droit au consentement libre, leur droit au travail, leur droit à disposer de leurs moyens de subsistances et leur droit à un environnement sain, face au projet de centyrale à charbon de 125 MW ‘’Sendou’’.

[2] En outre, Tosyali n’a pas présenté un plan de réinstallation et aucune Etude d’impact environnementale et sociale n’a été réalisée.

[3] OCDE : Organisation de Cooperation et de Développement Economique

WE, the Governors, representing Member Countries of the African Development Bank and State Participants of the African Development Fund (the “Bank Group”), convened virtually for the 2020 Annual Meetings from 26th to 27th August 2020 chaired by Her Excellency Mme NIALÉ KABA, Minister of Planning and Development for Côte d’Ivoire and Chairperson of the Boards of Governors: 

1.    Take note of the enormous challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, including severe disruptions to the development trajectories of our Regional Member Countries (RMCs). In this connection, we commend the Bank Group for the adoption of the COVID-19 Rapid Response Facility (CRF) to provide a flexible range of exceptional support to lessen the severe economic and social impact of the pandemic on our RMCs. We call for the effective implementation of the CRF in accordance with the Bank’s financial sustainability framework, to achieve its laudable objectives and the adaptation of the Bank Group’s interventions to address the medium to long-term challenges occasioned by the persistence of the pandemic. We also commend the Boards of Directors, Senior Management and Staff for the temporary measures adopted towards ensuring the continuity of Bank Group operations despite the disruptions;

2.    Welcome the Bank Group’s sustained attention to ensure the continued financial strength of the institution by updating its financial sustainability framework, and encourage further steps to establish buffers, manage lending levels, and adopt automatic actions to protect capital adequacy thresholds and ratios during the pandemic;

3.    Given the highly uncertain outlook related to the pandemic, we call on the Bank Group to continue implementing its programmes with particular attention to addressing the financial and operational risks that may arise, in order to safeguard its ability to deliver on its development mandate in the most effective manner;

4.    Note the statements made at the Governors’ Dialogue, in reference to the far-reaching reform programme undertaken by the Bank Group within the framework of the Seventh General Capital Increase (GCI-VII) and the Fifteenth Replenishment of the African Development Fund (ADF-15). While we commend the steps taken to date to implement the reform programme, we urge the Bank Group to redouble efforts to fully and timely deliver on the various commitments, with a view to sharpening its strategic focus, enhancing its efficiency and effectiveness while ensuring financial sustainability, strengthening its capacity to deliver results and at scale, and positioning it to achieve impact as a trusted development partner on the continent. We exhort the Boards of Directors, President, Senior Management and Staff to work constructively and proactively on the implementation of this programme;

5.    Acknowledge the continued relevance of the High 5 priority areas with an emphasis on selectivity to help bridge the infrastructure finance gap in areas where the Bank Group has comparative advantages such as transport, telecommunications, agriculture, energy and digital economy. We recognise the critical role of quality healthcare infrastructure for the African continent. In this regard, the Bank should further articulate how to develop its role in this area, taking into account other development partners’ areas of expertise and its internal capacity;

6.    Call on the Bank Group to strengthen its internal governance, compliance, control and accountability functions to align with best practices of peer institutions. In this connection and in a spirit of unity and collaboration, we authorize the establishment of an ad-hoc Committee of the Board of Governors to oversee a review of the Bank’s ethics and complaints handling governing framework. This review will consider and update the Whistle Blowing and Complaints Handling Policy, the Code of Conduct for Elected Officers, the Terms of Reference for the Ethics Committee, and any other relevant rules to strengthen governance of the Bank Group, ensure the highest levels of accountability, credibility, integrity and promote transparency and independence. We agreed to reconvene on this matter during the next Annual Meetings to assess the findings and recommendations of the review;

7.    Encourage the Bank Group to reinforce its focus on its areas of comparative advantage relative to other multilateral development banks, within the global development landscape while exploring areas of synergies and coordinate in other areas with other development partners for accelerating the implementation of its High 5 priorities and the Sustainable Development Goals in Africa as well as the objectives of the African Union Agenda 2063. To this end, we urge the Bank Group to deepen its collaboration with the African Union and the Regional Economic Communities (RECs) to fast-track Africa’s integration and economic and social transformation particularly in view of the implementation of the African Continental Free Trade Area, which has the potential to increase growth, enhance competitiveness, improve the business climate, as well as ensure greater investment and development of regional and continental global value chains;

8.    Encourage the Bank Group to step up its support to RMCs to enhance capacity in quality infrastructure development, domestic resource mobilization, quality job creation, support for women and youth empowerment, public financial management, debt management and transparency, private sector development, combating corruption, stemming the tide of illicit finance, addressing the challenges associated with climate change, the adoption of approaches that ensure energy security, expand access to affordable and reliable energy services and stimulate low-carbon development in line with national climate-related action plans, such as, Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs), and a sustained focus on aligning its investments with the principles set out in international climate agreements, including principally the Paris Agreement, based on the joint MDB framework adopted at COP24 and the continued use of renewable energy towards achieving inclusive economic growth;

9.    Encourage sustained investments in the private sector in RMCs. In this regard, we call on the Bank Group to increase the focus of its support to sectorial policy and regulatory reforms with the aim of fostering a business-friendly environment; and leveraging significant new investment commitments for projects in Africa, including through the Africa Investment Forum;

10.    Call on the Bank Group to strengthen its effectiveness to respond to the unique needs of RMCs that may be in fragile and conflict situations as well as small, middle income and island states, including advocating for and incentivizing prudent macroeconomic policy frameworks, and providing sound advice on debt sustainability in coordination with the IMF and World Bank. We also encourage the Bank Group to identify ways to support the G20 initiative on the suspension of debt servicing obligations for low income countries and to deploy more human resources to States in fragile situations; 

11.    Call for increased capacity and resources to strengthen implementation of the Bank Group’s social and environmental safeguards, for updating the Integrated Safeguards System, and for continued improvements in the accountability mechanism so that aggrieved parties have a voice and can seek redress;

12.    Encourage a stronger commitment to gender equality in Bank Group operations in order to enhance human progress and structural transformation in RMCs. In this regard, we commend the Bank Group for the partnerships it is forging to increase women’s economic empowerment and access to finance, including through the Affirmative Finance Facility for Women in Africa (AFAWA) to be implemented in the next few months;

13.    Call on the Bank Group to increase efforts towards facilitating more and better opportunities for the youth to help stem migration from the continent. Accordingly, invite the Bank to better integrate the impact on employment, especially on young people, as a selection criterion for operations financed by the Bank;

14.    Commend the Boards of Directors, Management and staff of the Bank Group for the operational and financial performance in 2019 and welcome the unqualified opinion of the Bank Group’s external auditors on the financial statements ending 31 December 2019 and their confirmation of the effectiveness of the internal controls of the Bank Group;

15.    We re-elected Dr. Akinwumi Ayodeji Adesina of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as President of the Bank Group for the next five years commencing 1 September 2020. We congratulate him on his re-election, commit to support him and wish him success in driving the work of the Bank Group;

16.    Look forward to the next Annual Meetings scheduled for 24 to 28 May 2021, in Accra, Ghana.

Source: https://www.afdb.org/en/news-and-events/press-releases/2020-annual-meetings-african-development-bank-group-final-communique-37562?fbclid=IwAR3CGE_MQAQvAZiaqKQn75fEOB3j9SeBoC3ox_jDruOX-mAUdDxGIrAfPGM

ACTION MATTERS

SIX SUCCESS STORIES OF STRUGGLES FOR COMMONS IN AFRICA

COMPLAINT FILING AT INTERNATIONAL

FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS BY ALY SAGNE

SUCCESSES AND WEAKNESSES IN THE CASE OF THE SENDOU COAL POWER PLANT

Please find this article at : http://rosalux.sn/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Materialien33_Action_Matters_web-1.pdf

On 25 November 2009, the Board of Governors of the African Development Bank (AfDB) approved a EUR 55 million loan to Nykomb Synergetics Development AB, a Swedish company, for the construction of a 125-megawatt coal-fired power plant named Sendou in the municipality of Bargny, overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and 30 kilometers outside of Dakar, the Senegalese capital. It consists of a Public Private Partnership (PPP) under the “build, own, operate” (BOO) model, lasting for 25 years and with the coal to be sourced from South Africa.
Based on our research on the AfDB’s operations, Lumière Synergie Développement (LSD), a founding member of the Coalition of African Civil Society Organizations and a locally-based environmental association, found in 2010 that the project did not comply with the bank’s social and environmental safe- guards policies.1 In fact, the project started without adequate consultation with the local community. It was planned to use an area for the power plant which had been promised to the victims of coastal erosion, however the 1,433 plots of land were expropriated without compensation. In addition, more than 1,000 people, mostly women working in fish processing plants and seasonal workers, were put at risk of losing their workplace and means of livelihood. This was because a safe distance between the power plant and the ovens used to smoke fish could not be maintained as the power plant was too close by. The project would also entail enormous risks to the environment and the health of communities, and it was not in compliance with the Senegalese environmental code (Article L13).2

Yet, like the AfDB, the other two development banks, The West African Development Bank (BOAD) and the Dutch Development Bank Nederlandse Financierings-Maatschappij voor Ontwikkelingslanden (FMO) have environ- mental and social safeguards policies, whose ultimate goal is to avoid as much as possible any adverse effects, or to minimize social and environmental impacts. Therefor

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Fisher women working around the power plant station in Bargny

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Press conference with Takkom Jerry members in 2016

e, in partnership with Takkom Jerry, LSD decided to engage with international financial institutions (IFIs), using their expertise on Independent Accountability Mechanisms (IAM).
On 9 May 2016, LSD and Takkom Jerry filed a joint complaint at the Independent Review Mechanisms (IRM) of the African Development Bank, the Dutch Public Development Bank, and the West African Development Bank’s Independent Complaint Mechanisms, for the non-compliance3 of the Sendou project with their respective environmental and social safeguards policies. Safeguards policies are a set of standards established by multilateral development banks to prevent and/or avoid that their investments and operations harm the environment or human rights. On the other hand, complaint mechanisms such as the AfDB’s IRM are intended to “make avail- able to all those who have suffered damage as a result of a project financed by the Bank Group, an independent mechanism through which they can request the Bank Group to act in accordance with its rules and procedures.”4

Grievances Brought to the Attention of Banks
In the complaint, LSD raised the shortcomings of the project in violation of the banks’ social and environmental safeguards which these three banks should address, in particular:

  • Inadequate community consultation;
  • Lack of compensation for land;
  • No resettlement of women working in fish drying facilities;
  • Violation of Article L13 of the Environmental Code (as this included a buffer zone of 500 meters to the next residential area, which has not been kept);
  • Risk of air pollution, marine ecosystem pollution, and threats to fishing;
  • Threat to cultural heritage (one sacred Baobab tree is situated in the power plant enclosure and is thus not accessible for the population, while other sacred trees were felled);
  • Failure to address the cumulative impacts of the planned coal power plant and the cement factory SOCOCIM that is close by in the Environmental Impact Assessment.

Three Years of Advocacy and Lobbying
A complaint cannot solve everything. Thus LSD combined it with other national and international advocacy and lobbying strategies, supported by an unprecedented media campaign with various tools, as well as the use of social media.5 The LSD complaint reached the AfDB 15 days before its Annual Meetings where the main theme was “Energy and Climate Change”, so the timing was a great opportunity for advocacy.6 Besides, LSD seized every opportunity to put pressure on the banks involved, through bilateral meetings with Sendou project managers, expert panels and/or influential members of the AfDB Board of Directors. The most decisive lobbying meetings were held at the US Treasury Department in Washington D.C., which represents the United States at the AfDB. LSD also went to the respective headquarters of the AfDB and FMO in Abidjan and the Hague. Here, the support of LSD partners Both Ends and the Centre for Research on Multinational Corporations (SOMO), two Dutch NGOs based in Amsterdam, was very decisive for our pressure on FMO. Since the banks care about their image, the naming and shaming strategy obviously succeeded.
On 20 September 2016, four months after the complaint, a big meeting was convened in Bargny by the Prefecture of Rufisque, the department in which the community is located. It was attended by the Mayor of Bargny, the Director of the Environment and Classified Establishments Department (DEEC), the Head of Major Projects at Senegal’s electricity company SENELEC, the Administrator (and his staff) of the other big electricity company in Senegal (CES), all the municipality councillors of Minam
and Bargny, the imams and resource persons of the village, and finally representatives of NGOs and associations (including fisherwomen groups, Takkom Jerry, and the Collective of the Affected Community). The Mayor stated that
the objective of this meeting was twofold: to provide a space for dialogue between the representatives of the community and the project developers, and to adopt a community position that would allow the Municipal Council to take the right decision on the project.7 Therefore, the promoters (CES/SENELEC) recognized for the first time the legitimacy of the community’s struggle since the start of the campaign against Sendou, and proposed the following mitigation measures which the Mayor presented the same day:

  • An investment of 400 million West African CFA Francs (XOF) (around EUR 600,000) by CES during the construction phase, including 30 million for social initiatives, 12 million for education, 11 million for the youth, compensation for land amounting to XOF 450,000 per plot, 50 million for the modernization of the fish processing site, organization of exchange trips to Morocco or South Africa, etc.
  • Finally, the setting-up of a local monitoring committee with the participation of all com- munity representatives.

Investigations

Between 23 and 26 November 2016, expert panels of all the banks—FMO, AfDB, and BOAD—investigated the case in Bargny.8 The trip, taking place six months after the complaint had been filed, was a first visit to the community. This field visit mission was accelerated thanks to LSD’s lobbying of the FMO expert panel in Amsterdam and the US Treasury Department (through the US representative on the AfDB Board) in Washington D.C., both in October 2016.

All three financial institutions, BOAD, FMO, and AfDB, issued corrective action plans as recommendations to the banks’ managements.

The support and advisory role of NGOs have been extremely important in the process: the identification of requesters or community representatives, the clarification of their complaints, the planning and facilitation of field visits, the preparation of a list of stakeholders to be met in Senegal, etc.9 As a consequence of the investigations, the bank experts took advantage to improve their understanding of the community’s grievances which were raised in the complaints, including the impacts on the environment, on fisheries, on women working in fish processing sites, and finally the land disputes. In addition to meeting with all project stakeholders in Senegal, the panel experts also met with the project’s technical advisor, as well as Quantum Power, the major shareholder in London.

The Tripartite Protocol

On the national level, the pressure was such that the promoters (CES and SENELEC) were in a rush to sign a tripartite memorandum of understanding with the Bargny Municipality10 to address the issues raised in the complaint, which were no more than a synthesis of the mitigation measures set by CES in its new 2017 January action plan laid out as follows:

– Community engagement: CES hired a com- munity officer alongside a new community engagement plan;

– Land: SENELEC increased the compensation package up to XOF 1 billion (around EUR 1.5 million);

– Tax revenue: CES committed to paying approximately EUR 80 million in property tax to the municipality of Bargny for a period of 25 years, representing the project’s duration;

  • Khelcom fish processing site: CES proposed to modernize the site for about EUR 45,000, and to provide a revolving loan of XOF 30 million for women (around EUR 46,000);
  • Hot water discharge: environmental considerations were integrated into the cooling water intake and outlet systems (closed cycle rather than direct discharge into the sea) so as to minimize the plant’s impact on the local marine environment and fishing activities. The outlet system was revised to meet the World Bank guidelines for the temperature of the water discharged;
  • Air pollution: the project was redefined to minimize air pollution by implementing some technical mechanisms such as a more efficient burner;
  • Implementation of the protocol: finally, a local committee was created to follow up on the implementation of the protocol.

Second Victory for the Community over Donors

After the Tripartite Protocol in March, a second victory was achieved when the board of governors of the AfDB authorized a thorough investigation of the project.11 In April 2017, the AfDB board of governors authorized experts of the Independent Review Mechanism (IRM) to conduct additional investigations to clarify the issues raised in the complaints filed by local communities affected by the project. Thus, the AfDB stated that the problems should be addressed before the plant could start operating at the end of 2017. In June 2017, as a consequence, the Collective of the Affected Community filed a second complaint.

An outcome not only of this decision was that all three financial institutions, BOAD, FMO, and AfDB, closed the Sendou case on 16 November 2017, 12 June 2018, and 31 January 2019 respectively, and issued corrective action plans as recommendations to the banks’ managements.

In its final report of 2017,12 the FMO Independent Complaints Mechanism concluded that the Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) conducted in 2009 was not fully compliant with the requirements of several performance standards (PS) of the International Financial Corporation (IFC). These are international benchmarks for identifying and managing environmental and social risk and have been adopted by many organizations.

as a key component of their environmental and social risk management. However, PS 1 (2006)—Environmental Assessment and Management Systems—was not fulfilled. The panel acknowledged the real risk of cumulative effects for Sendou II, the community next to Bargny where, according to plans, a new bulk port should be built, which would result in the “thermal pollution” of the sea by the release of hot water.

The panel came to the further conclusion that problems related to possible damage to the community, such as the availability of drinking water, were never considered in the various ESIAs, and as a result the project did not comply with this element of the IFC PS 4 (2012) on Community Health, Safety and Security.

The panel believes that as a lender, FMO should have taken steps to ensure that the project had established procedures and actions to minimize economic displacement, mitigate negative impacts, and provide compensation to any person whose economic rights were affected by the project, regard- less of the number of people affected. Also, it confirmed insufficient consultation and communication had taken place with affected communities regarding cultural heritage, and that the threshold requirement for adequate consultation under the IFC PS 8 was not met. FMO thus suggested an action plan which included an independent advisor to ensure transparent management of SENELEC’s compensation funds. Furthermore, the Senegalese government should issue a decree to safeguard the continued presence of women at the Khelcom site and CES was called to formulate a community engagement action plan in accordance with IFC standards. Finally, FMO committed to participating directly in monitoring Sendou’s environmental performance and ensuring the project’s compliance with IFC standards.

The BOAD has a nascent accountability mechanism, and as such, it aligned its procedure with that of the AfDB. It undertook an environmental and social audit of the coal-fired power plant, which resulted in an action plan summarized as follows:13 It was recommended that the Senegalese government formulate a resettlement plan in collaboration with SENELEC and CES for the relocation of persons affected by coastal erosion whose plots of land have been lost because of the plant.

Independent complaint mechanisms of development banks, backed by a good strategy, provide access to decision-makers and influence national/public institutions and investors.

The complaint was an eye opener for local authorities and investors. It was also an important source of knowledge and learning for local communities.

Anyone whose economic rights have been affected by the project, for example the fisherwomen, should be provided compensation by the promoters. Furthermore, the promoters are called to produce annual air and water quality monitoring reports. Also, the new mineral port of Bargny and SOCOCIM should be included in the analysis of the cumulative impacts of Sendou I and the data in the project’s ESIA should be updated, particularly when related to the environmental aspects of the project, the demographic data of the host area (including the Khelcom fish processing site), and the donors’ recommendations.

The AfDB is the leading player in this project. Its report came rather late and recommended the following: CES should resettle the 115 households and affected persons to Bargny Ville Verte, and that this be financed jointly by SENELEC, the municipality, and CES.

CES was asked to take up again the periodic monitoring committee meetings in order to speed up the process of reaching consensus. A wastewater management system in the Minam and Bargny municipalities, and the construction of a school in Bargny Ville Verte were further recommended. The AfDB supported CES’s project to build a modern fish drying and smoking platform. Addition- ally, the AfDB recommended the removal of the ash deposit and requested CES to seek a permit for temporary storage of ash at DEEC and supported its project to create a factory to manufacture bricks made out of ash. It also recommended an update of the Environmental and Social Management Plan during the operating period: an inventory of air quality and air emissions monitoring, a sampling of all 11 receptors for 12 months, and the setting up of a permanent monitoring station in Minam. To address marine impacts, the AfDB requested that CES conduct a baseline study of marine resources as part of project monitoring, and to take samples of marine, surface and groundwater for the monitoring of physical and biological factors. Finally, to avoid the risks of inadequate water supply on the public network, it recommended the construction of a desalination plant worth EUR 3 million.

Lessons Learned from Engagement with International Financial Institutions

In our view, it is always beneficial for a community to use the independent complaint mechanisms of development banks. If the process is backed by a good strategy, it provides access to decision-makers and influences national/ public institutions and investors. It is also an important source of knowledge and learning for local communities.

In the case of Sendou, the complaint was an eye opener for local authorities and investors: there were several fact-finding missions undertaken by the banks to the project site, and many interactions and discussions took place at the highest level of the three banks (i.e. the boards of directors) and within the Government of Senegal.14

In addition, the project promoters drafted a new Corrective Action Plan with the imple- mentation of actions oriented towards women (EUR 27 million to support women’s activities, budget support to conduct consultation with local community and budget support for the municipality, etc.), while SENELEC offered EUR 1.5 million to settle the land conflict. However, these kinds of processes can be complicated, time-consuming, and costly. It took us four years to complete the case and produce mitigation measures and action plans.

Moreover, the community’s demands might not be fully addressed, especially if their expectations are higher or outside of the mandates of the independent complaint mechanisms. This could then lead to a loss of trust in IFIs’ accountability mechanisms.

This is exactly what happened on 10 March 2019, when during a workshop meant to evaluate the banks’ compliance review reports, Bargny’s representatives rejected all the banks’ action plans and asked for the project to be stopped.

As of February 2020, Sendou is in its 3rd sus- pension. Because of technical and financial problems, the plant has ceased operations since July 2019 and a dispute is in process between the two major shareholders, Nykomb Synergetics AB and Quantum Power in London.
In any case, from the perspectives of the banks, Sendou is classified as a “high risk project” which is actually handled by a focal point whose mission is to advise the banks on how to make a decision going forward.15 However, from our experience, no investor who cares about its image would like to invest in Sendou, which is facing such a bad reputation both nationally and internationally. So, for us—activists, NGOs, and the local community—Sendou is over!

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1 Lumière Synergie Développement (LSD) (2014): Empiéter sur les droits des communautés, polluer demain, September 2014. A summary can be found in: Aly Sagne (2014): Sénégal-BAD. Bargny face à 2 Centrales Electriques à charbon, The Voice of Communities Affected by business activities, 25 October 2014, available at https:// alysagne.wordpress.com/2014/10/25/bargny-face-a-2-centrales- electriques-a-charbon/. Last accessed: 06 April 2020.

2 Government of Senegal (2001): Loi no. 2001-01 du 15 Janvier 2001 portant code de l’environnement, available at https://www.sec.gouv.sn/sites/ default/files/loisetdecrets/Loi%20n%C2%B0%202001-01%20 du%2012%20avril%202001%20portant%20code%20de%20 l%27environnement.pdf. Last accessed: 27 March 2020.

3 The objective of the compliance audit is to verify whether bank policies or procedures have been violated and whether, as a result, harm has been caused to the affected parties.

4 African Development Bank Group (AfDB) (2015): The Independent Review Mechanism (IRM). Operating Rules and Procedures, revised 16 April 2015, available at https://www.afdb.org/en/documents/document/revised-irm-oper- ating-rules-and-procedures-2015-52239. Last accessed: 27 March 2020.

5 See for example this Lumière Synergie Développement post on Facebook: https://tinyurl.com/yx2gcbnt. Last accessed: 12 March 2020. 6 In 2016, the Annual Meetings were held in Lusaka, Zambia. Every year, they are attended by over 2500 delegations from the AfDB and all stakeholders from around the world, including CSOs.

7 Letter of invitation received from the Mayor, see Aly Sagne (2016): Centrale à charbon. La CES reliance les pourparlers avec la communauté – Bargny dit toujours NIET, The Voice of Communities Affected by business activities, 20 September 2016, available at https://alysagne. wordpress.com/2016/09/20/centrale-a-charbon-la-ces-relance-les- pourparlers-avec-la-communaute-bargny-dit-toujours-niet/. Last accessed: 6 April 2020.

8 The independent mechanisms are made up of the banks’ internal staff and independent experts (usually academics). They are independent of the banks’ management and report directly to the Board of Governors, hence their “independent” status vis-à-vis the bank. 9 During their stay in Senegal, the panels met with all relevant stakeholders: affected communities, local authorities, the Prefect of Rufisque, the Director General of SENELEC, the project promoter, former politicians, the Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development, the Mayor of Bargny, the Ministry of Energy, the World Bank, the Dutch Embassy, and local consultants.

10 The Minister of Energy and the Director General of SENELEC personally attended the signing of this protocol at the Bargny Municipal Council.

11 Jennifer Patterson (2017): Sénégal: La BAD va réétudier les doléances que soulève la central au charbon de Sendou, AfDB, 20 April 2017, available at https://www.afdb.org/fr/ news-and-events/african-development-bank-to-further-examine-so- cial-and-environmental-concerns-on-sendou-coal-fired-power-plant- in-senegal-16990. Last accessed: 12 March 2020.

12 Maartje van Putten, Michael Windfuhr, and Stephen Gibbons (2017): FMO Inde- pendent Complaints Mechanism. Panel Report No. 2. Sendou I Coal Power Plant. Bargny, Senegal, 12 October 2017, available at https:// http://www.fmo.nl/l/library/download/urn:uuid:90559906-40f1-4178- 83a5-75e4d1a5e8b3/compliance+review+report+sendou_english. pdf. Last accessed: 12 March 2020.

13 AfDB (2019): Plan d’action concernant le rapport de revue de conformité du projet de la centrale à charbon de Sendou réponse de la Direction, January 2019, avail- able at https://www.afdb.org/fileadmin/uploads/afdb/Documents/ Compliance-Review/Sendou-Coal_Fired_Power_Plant_Compli- ance_Review_Report_FR.pdf. Last accessed: 12 March 2020.

14 The Prime Minister of Senegal even made a public statement on the project on 25 May 2018: Energie. Transition au gaz annoncé pour 2021 par le Pm. Bargny refuse des années de pollution au charbon, Le Quotidien, 28 May 2018, available at https://www.lequotidien.sn/ energie-transition-au-gaz-annoncee-pour-2021-par-le-pm-bargny-re- fuse-des-annees-de-pollution-au-charbon/. Last accessed: 12 March 2020.

15 All options are considered by the banks (including the banks’ withdrawal from the project). But the AfDB and FMO are looking for a new investor to restart the project, while saying that in that case, they will ensure the full compliance of the project with social and environment safeguards.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

17-Jun-2020

The Compliance Review and Mediation Unit (BCRM), the Secretariat of the Bank’s Independent Review Mechanism (IRM), organized an information webinar for civil society organizations (CSOs) on “Handling Complaints from People Affected by Projects Financed by the African Development Bank Group (AfDB)” on Wednesday, 10 June 2020. 

The session brought together 61 participants from civil society organizations representing 8 countries in West Africa (Benin, Burkina Faso, Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, and Senegal); 3 in Southern  Africa (South Africa, Botswana and Eswatini); two Central African countries (Cameroon and Democratic Republic of Congo); two  East African countries (Kenya and Uganda); 3  North African countries (Morocco, Mauritania and Tunisia); and the United States of America and 5  European countries (Germany, Belgium, France, Great Britain and the Netherlands).

The participants became acquainted with the IRM through the presentations delivered focusing on the IRM mandate, roles, and procedures for handling complaints through problem-solving and compliance review.

Following the presentations, a panel of three  Representatives of CSOs shared their experiences with the IRM in handling of cases, and also informed the participants how they conduct outreach activities with affected communities. Finally, BCRM updated the participants on the ongoing third review of the IRM. BCRM encouraged the participants to submit their views and comments once the draft report is published in the Bank website for public consultation in coming months. The session provided an opportunity for participants to discuss and highlight the challenges and impacts of the IRM work on communities affected by projects financed by the AfDB and in helping the Bank achieve its sustainable development objectives.

The webinar was organized in partnership with three (3) CSOs: Accountability Counsel in the USA, Lumiere Synergie pour le Developpement (LSD) in Senegal and the Centre pour le Developpement de la Region de Tensift (CDRT in Morocco with the support of the Bank’s Civil Society and Community Engagement Division.

African Development Bank joins Nasdaq Sustainable Bond Network

17-Jun-2020

Nasdaq (Nasdaq: NDAQ) on Wednesday announced the inclusion of the African Development Bank, one of the world’s  largest issuers of social bonds, in the Nasdaq Sustainable Bond Network (NSBN). The NSBN is a global and publicly available platform designed to improve transparency in the market for green, social and sustainability bonds.

Ten Bank bonds were added to the platform, including its landmark $3 billion Fight COVID-19 Social Bond launched in March 2020, the largest Social Bond ever launched at the time in international capital markets. Fight COVID-19 remains today the largest dollar-denominated Social Bond.  It aims to help alleviate the economic and social impact of the pandemic on livelihoods and Africa’s economies.

By joining the Nasdaq Sustainable Bond Network, socially responsible issuers are provided a unique opportunity to bring attention to their concrete actions in terms of financing climate change and green growth.

“Nasdaq welcomes the inclusion of the African Development Bank on our Nasdaq Sustainable Bond Network especially with its Fight Covid-19 Social Bond, launched to alleviate the impact of the pandemic on African economies and livelihoods,” said Ann-Charlotte Eliasson, VP, Head of EU Bond Listings and Sustainable Debt.

“We are proud to offer visibility to an issuer with such a strong social mandate, which the world needs more than ever, especially in these challenging times.”

Since the launch of Nasdaq Sustainable Bond Network(link is external) in December last year, more than 40 issuers from 13 countries have added over 4,000 bonds to the platform, including the Nordic Investment Bank, HSBC and Fannie Mae.

“The Nasdaq Sustainable Bond platform allows us to showcase our work in combating poverty and in helping move the African continent forward. Our Fight Covid-19 social bond is about saving lives and livelihoods,” said Hassatou Diop N’Sele, Treasurer of the African Development Bank.

The African Development Bank established its Social Bond framework in 2017 and has raised the equivalent of $5.5 billion through five transactions supporting 89 eligible social projects in 28 African countries as of 31 December 2019. In 2018, the Bank was designated “Second most impressive social or sustainability bond issuer” at the Global Capital SRI Awards and the Bank’s NOK 1 billion 3-year Social Bond issued in 2019 was awarded “Social Bond of the Year” by Environmental Finance.

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NEW YORK, États-Unis d’Amérique, 26 septembre 2019/APO Group/ —

https://afdb.africa-newsroom.com/press/united-nations-general-assembly-unga-2019-no-room-for-coal-in-africas-renewable-future-akinwumi-adesina?lang=fr

Le président de la Banque africaine de développement, Akinwumi Adesina, a présenté, mardi à New-York, les efforts engagés pour fermer les centrales à charbon sur le continent et construire la « plus grande zone d’énergie solaire de la planète » dans la partie aride du Sahel.

« Le charbon n’a plus sa place en Afrique, il appartient au passé. L’avenir est aux énergies renouvelables. En ce qui nous concerne, à la Banque africaine de développement, nous sommes en train de nous débarrasser du charbon », a déclaré le président de la Banque aux quelque 200 délégués du Sommet Action Climat, lors de la 74ème Assemblée générale de l’Organisation des Nations unies.

Akinwumi Adesina a annoncé le déploiement, en 2020, d’un plan de 500 millions de dollars américains mis en œuvre par la Banque pour la production d’énergie verte, qui devrait générer des investissements totaux de 5 milliards de dollars. Ce plan doit permettre aux pays d’Afrique de « passer du charbon et des combustibles fossiles aux énergies renouvelables », a-t-il affirmé.

« Nous devons lier le changement climatique à un nouveau modèle de développement, celui d’une mondialisation juste, avec moins de souffrances, plus de justice et une harmonie »

Il s’est également exprimé sur des projets d’investissements d’une valeur de 20 milliards de dollars dans le solaire et les énergies propres, offrant une capacité totale de 10 000 MW à destination des 250 millions d’habitants de la région. « Il y a une raison pour laquelle Dieu a donné la lumière du soleil à l’Afrique », a-t-il insisté.

Chefs d’État, princes et ministres du monde entier ont assisté au Sommet de l’ONU sur le climat alors qu’ils sont appelés désormais à réduire leurs émissions de gaz à effet de serre et à contenir le réchauffement climatique sur la planète.

Le secrétaire général des Nations unies, Antonio Guterres, a pointé du doigt « l’industrie des combustibles fossiles, actuellement en voie de disparition », tout en déclarant qu’il n’était pas trop tard pour limiter la hausse des températures mondiales sous le seuil de référence de 1,5 degré Celsius.

« Cela nécessitera des transformations radicales dans tous les domaines d’activité de la société : dans la façon de cultiver les sols, d’utiliser les terres, d’alimenter en énergie nos moyens de transport et de faire fonctionner nos économies », a-t-il néanmoins reconnu. « Nous devons lier le changement climatique à un nouveau modèle de développement, celui d’une mondialisation juste, avec moins de souffrances, plus de justice et une harmonie entre les hommes et la planète. »

Le Sommet Action Climat 2019 avait pour objectif de concrétiser et d’accélérer les actions visant à mettre en œuvre l’Accord de Paris de 2015 sur le changement climatique et les Objectifs de développement durable d’ici à 2030. Selon le consensus des experts internationaux, l’humanité doit réduire ses émissions de gaz à effet de serre afin de limiter le réchauffement climatique à environ 1,5 degré Celsius.

 

Distribué par APO Group pour African Development Bank Group (AfDB).

24/07/2017

Source: https://www.afdb.org/en/news-and-events/nepad-infrastructure-project-preparation-facility-proposes-regional-information-hub-to-stimulate-investment-in-africa-17213/

The NEPAD Infrastructure Project Preparation Facility (NEPAD-IPPF) has advocated the establishment of a regional information hub to advertise bankable projects in Africa.

NEPAD-IPPF proposes that each country should have a window linked to the centralized hub as part of an overall objective to unlock bankable investment opportunities in Africa.

“It would be both a ‘project hub’ and a ‘help desk’ – a centralized IT platform for bankable projects which potential investors can access. Such a hub could be housed by the AfDB to ensure credibility and confidence by both project owners (governments) and potential investors,” Shem Simuyemba, Coordinator for NEPAD-IPPF said at an assessment and programming session to develop a pipeline of bankable infrastructure projects for three years, 2018-2020.

The assessment and programming session was held at the AfDB Headquarters in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire on 20July 2017.

Simuyemba explained that the ‘one-stop-shop’ initiative would not just be a listing of projects, but a differentiation of the ‘financial-readiness’ of the projects in terms of all the key returns that investors look for: assurance of transparent procurement practices, tenure, risk, returns, availability of co-financing, depth of local capital markets, among others.

“The important point to remember is that projects need to be bankable from the point of view of the person who will provide the risk capital to make the project happen. While bankability is about figures, it is also about risk and reality and these factors all go together in making an investment decision,” Simuyemba said.

He stressed the need for bankable investment opportunities in Africa to be unlocked to attract regional and international investors.

Unlike other regions such as North America, Europe, Asia and Latin America which have strong private sector project developers and sponsors, the emergence of an indigenous class of trans-continental investors such as Dangote was just the beginning for Africa.

This is attributable to a number of factors, among which is a history of state monopoly companies which crowded out the private sector and stifled its growth; heavily controlled and regulated sectors particularly in infrastructure – which did not have the necessary enabling environment and incentives for private sector participation; as well as weak capital markets.

Unlocking investment opportunities in Africa requires a number of measures to be undertaken as a matter of policy priority.

Simuyemba outlined three other measures to be taken to achieve this.

The first is the liberalization of sectors which are still dominated by government. He gave examples of the information, communications and technology (ICT) sector whose liberalization a few decades ago opened massive investment opportunities for the private sector.

He observed how African countries which have recently opened up their energy-power sectors have witnessed major investments by independent power producers (IPP) and even smaller players in off-grid green energy investments.

“The transport sector for both road freight and passengers is now vibrant because it is predominantly private sector driven. However, the same cannot be said about railways where governments still need to provide clear guidelines on an ‘open access rules’ for railway operations. Equally, despite the Yamoussoukro Decision (of an open African air transport market), investments in airport infrastructure, safety and industry have remained relatively limited. The key to unlocking investments in these sectors is clear market rules.”

“The second is the need to scale-up capacity for project preparation and development as this is the only means to assess, package and structure the projects in such a way that there is a ‘rolling pipeline’ of bankable projects.

Speaking at a NEPAD-IPPF Project Financing Roundtable facilitated by the international law firm – Baker and Mckenzie – on 2 May 2017, investors lamented the absence of bankable-investment-ready projects tailored to the needs of public financiers, concessionaires (public-private partnerships) and the private sector.

Investors had noted that the appetite to invest depended on risk considerations which were very different depending on whether the investor was a Development Finance Institution (DFI), a project developer or a private investor.

“To achieve this requires considerable scaling-up of capacities and resources for project preparation and development. This is a space largely neglected in terms of resources even though it has been demonstrated that US$1 committed to project preparation and development unlocks between US$80-100 in investment financing. Thus, a project with US$10 million in preparation costs can unlock between US$800 million to US$1 billion in financing depending on the sector and project location,” Simuyemba explained.

He also spoke on the importance of regional markets which he said need to be created through deliberate policy reforms, enabling environment, incentives and strengthened partnerships.

Most African countries are too small to be attractive markets for major infrastructure investments or even major industries. While there was a lot of debate related to the lack of political will in the past, African countries have more recently shown a new resolve by undertaking bold reforms and also reaching consensus on major African Union (AU) continental initiatives such as the Programme for Infrastructure Development in Africa (PIDA), the Continental Free Trade Area (CFTA) and the AfDB’s High 5’s.

For instance, major investments in power generation and transmission lines currently going on in Africa will achieve a greater economic impact if they are accompanied by policies to create a vibrant continental energy market whose elements are already in place through the regional power pools.

To spur industrialization in Africa, there is need to create inter-connected trade and transport corridors to enhance efficiency and reduce transaction costs so as to make African industries, and therefore, make imports and exports competitive within African, intra-regional markets and international-global markets.

While Africa has huge potential particularly in the infrastructure sector, bankable investment opportunities in Africa must be unlocked. There has been much talk about Sovereign Wealth Funds, Pension and Insurance Funds, and other institutional investors investing in infrastructure in Africa, but this has not happened to the scale envisaged. These institutional investors have not been guided towards the right types of projects tailored to their specific profiles and financing needs and given the massive resources in these institutions. This gap needs to be bridged as a matter of urgency to unlock these funds for the much needed infrastructure investments on the Continent.

The NEPAD Infrastructure Project Preparation Facility (NEPAD-IPPF) is a multi-donor Special Fund hosted by the AfDB. It supports African countries to prepare regional infrastructure projects in energy, transport, ICT and transboundary water to make them bankable for investment.

Established in 2005, the Facility supports African countries to prepare bankable regional and cross-border projects across the infrastructure sectors. It is funded by a number of Donor Partners, namely, Canada, Germany, the UK, Spain, Denmark and Norway.

From: 01/08/2017
To: 03/08/2017
Location: Abidjan

Source: https://www.afdb.org/en/news-and-events/improving-accountability-of-development-projects-in-west-africa-joint-cao-ifc-bcrm-afdb-regional-workshops-in-abidjan-17191/

The Compliance Review and Mediation Unit (BCRM) of the African Development Bank Group (AfDB); the Office of the Compliance Advisor Ombudsman (CAO) of the International Finance Corporation (IFC) and the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency MIGA) of the World Bank Group are organizing two regional workshops at the headquarters of the AfDB in Abidjan from 1 to 3 August 2017.

The central theme of the workshops is: « Strengthening Accountability Mechanisms in the Context of Development Projects in West Africa: Environmental and Social Management Systems , Access to the Recourse Systems and Conflict Resolution in Private Sector Projects Supported by the African Development Bank Group and the World Bank Group (IFC and MIGA) « .

The first Regional Workshop will be held on 1 August 2017. Invited participants include some 30 private sector stakeholders including sponsors implementing projects co-financed by the IFC and the AfDB as well as private companies from other countries in West Africa.

The second regional workshop will take place on 2 and 3 August 2017 and will bring together representatives of 30 West African Civil Society organizations. These organizations act generally as the interfaces between the people negatively affected by projects (PAPs) funded by the AfDB and IFC / MIGA. As such, they can file a complaint on their own right or on behalf of the affected communities.

The aim of these regional workshops is to enhance the understanding of these major development actors on the importance of environmental and social safeguard issues in project development.  They will be briefed on the roles and mandates of the BCRM and the CAO and how these two accountability mechanisms process complaints they receive from People negatively affected by projects finances by the organisations.

The civil society and private sector participants will share their experiences in engaging with communities and resolving complaints.  They will also learn from practical examples on various dispute resolution techniques that are used in finding solutions to complaints.

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A: 03/08/2017

Lieu:

Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire

Source: https://www.afdb.org/fr/news-and-events/improving-accountability-of-development-projects-in-west-africa-joint-cao-ifc-bcrm-afdb-regional-workshops-in-abidjan-17191/

L’Unité de vérification de la conformité et de la médiation (BCRM) de la Banque africaine de développement (BAD), le Bureau du conseiller médiateur de la Société financière internationale (SFI) et l’Agence multilatérale de garantie des investissements (MIGA) de la Banque mondiale organisent, en août 2017, deux ateliers de travail au siège de la Banque africaine de développement à Abidjan.

Le thème de ces ateliers qui concernent l’Afrique de l’Ouest en est : « Renforcer les mécanismes de reddition de comptes dans le contexte des projets de développement en Afrique de l’Ouest : Gestion environnementale et sociale, Accès au système de recours et Résolution des conflits dans le cadre des projets du secteur privé soutenus par le Groupe de la Banque africaine de développement et le Groupe de la Banque mondiale (SFI et MIGA) ».

Le 1er atelier régional a lieu le 1er aout 2017. Il est destiné à une trentaine d’acteurs du secteur privé, dont les promoteurs qui conduisent des projets cofinancés par la SFI et la BAD, ainsi que des entreprises privées d’autres pays de l’Afrique de l’Ouest.

Le 2e atelier régional a lieu les 2 et 3 août 2017. Il réunit des représentants de 30 organisations de la société civile en Afrique de l’Ouest. Ces organisations sont souvent l’interface entre les personnes sur qui des projets ont pu avoir un impact négatif et la BAD, la SIF ou la MIGA. A ce titre, elles peuvent porter  plainte en leur nom propre ou au nom des personnes affectées.

Ces ateliers régionaux ont pour objectif de mieux faire comprendre à ces acteurs majeurs du développement l’importance des questions de sauvegarde environnementale et sociale ainsi que les rôles, mandats et processus de traitement des plaintes des services concernés à la BAD et la SFI. Organisations de la société civile et secteur privé  partageront leur expérience en matière d’engagement avec les communautés et de règlement des plaintes. Grâce à l’étude de cas pratiques, seront également enseignées diverses techniques de règlement des différends pour traiter les plaintes.