CAO Cases

Arne Hoel, The World Bank

Sub-Saharan Africa

Guinea / CBG-01/Sangaredi

Local community members
Date Filed
February 26, 2019
Lack of compensation for impacts on land and livelihoods, resettlement concerns, pollution, lack of effective public consultation and grievance mechanism
Case Status
Open - Ombudsman


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Project Overview 

IFC has an active project with Compagnie des Bauxites de Guinée (CBG) (“The Company”), to provide a senior debt facility of up to US$200 million to support the expansion of the Sangaredi bauxite mine, processing plant and associated infrastructure. The Company is 49% owned by the Government of Guinea and 51% owned by Halco Mining Inc., which is in turn owned by a consortium of aluminium producers: Alcoa (45%), Rio Tinto (45%) and Dadco (10%). 


In February 2019, local community members neighboring the expansion of the Sangaredi mine in Guinea (“the Complainants”) filed a complaint with the CAO supported by the Centre de Commerce International pour le Développement (CECIDE), Association pour le Développement Rural et l’Entraide Mutuelle de Guinée (ADREMGUI), and Inclusive Development International (IDI). The complaint raises concerns related to lack of compensation for loss of land and displacement, impacts on livelihoods, safety risks for the communities in relation to the Company’s operations, and air and water pollution. The complaint further raises concerns about lack of informed consultation, information disclosure and the effectiveness of the Company’s grievance mechanism. The complaint is available under “view document” below. More information on CBG’s reaction to the complaint is available on CBG’s website ( 


CAO Action

CAO found the complaint eligible for further assessment in March 2019 and has begun an assessment of the complaint. 



The assessment of the case is underway.  A communique regarding the case is available in English and French under ‘View Documents”.


Status as of May 6, 2019


Note: A CAO assessment does not entail a judgment on the merits of complaints. Rather, the aim is to listen to people's concerns, understand the different perspectives, and gauge whether it is possible to address the concerns in a collaborative process. 

Project information

Project Name & Number
CBG Expansion 34203
Oil, Gas, Mining, & Chemicals
Compagnie des Bauxites de Guinée SA (CBG)
All other metal
Sub-Saharan Africa
Environmental Category
Loan up to US$200 million

Case Tracker


  • Eligible: Completed
  • Assessment Period: In Process


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