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MPs tell World Bank to clean up its act

By Clare Groves | 29 June 2011

MPs have demanded that UK funding for World Bank aid programmes should be withheld if the Bank does not stop financing new dirty coal power stations in developing countries, according to a report released on 29 June 2011.

'The World Bank should not assume continued support from the UK unless it changes its ways.'

This is fantastic news. Since January, we have been working hard to lobby key ministers on this issue, asking them to use their influence to ensure that the World Bank stops funding fossil fuel plants and instead invests in low-carbon development for the world's poorest people.

As it reviews its energy strategy, Christian Aid supporters have stood alongside partners from around the world to demand that the Bank supports better access to clean, sustainable energy for the millions across the world living without electricity. And now it appears that decision makers are listening.

The report

The report was produced by the Environmental Audit Committee, made up of MPs across all parties. Its chair, Joan Walley MP, today said that 'the World Bank should not assume continued support from the UK unless it changes its ways.'

She went on to stress that the UK needs to use its power as a major World Bank shareholder to push the Bank to clean up its act in poor countries.

We agree.

Impact on the poor

World Bank lending to coal power stations hit a record high of $4.4 billion in 2010 and is a recipe for disaster. It fuels climate change and locks poor countries into dirty power for decades to come - while doing little or nothing for people living in poverty.

We are calling for a much stronger signal that the UK will not allow our aid to be used to support dirty fossil fuels and that we will instead support funds helping poor countries to leapfrog to renewable technologies which actually deliver energy to people living in poverty.


Take action!

Act now!Write to your MP and urge the UK to keep the pressure on the World Bank. No fossil-fuel loans!


About the author

Clare Groves

Clare Fussell is a campaigns officer for Christian Aid

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