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Cafod challenges corruption strategy


THE CATHOLIC overseas aid agency Cafod has called on a Government minister to challenge the World Bank's anti-corruption strategy at the Bank's meeting in Singapore next week.

Cafod insisted that the strategy would "hinder rather than help" the fight against comption and urged Hilary Benn, Secretary of State for International Development, to use his position as World Bank Governor to veto the proposal.

In a report released this week Cafod accused the World Bank of acting out of self-interest and of failing to consult people in developing countries.

Cafod also argued that the Bank's own projects were not immune from corruption and had in the past hurt "the most vulnerable people" in the developing world.

George Gelber, Cafod's head of policy, said that the Bank's efforts to consult civil society had been "laughable".

He added: "Integrity and transparency are the pillars of fighting corruption: our survey shows that the people in developing countries don't believe the Bank has either."

The agency said in its report that the World Bank tended to ignore "local realities" and impose a one-sizefits-all model.

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