CAO Cases

Arne Hoel, The World Bank

Sub-Saharan Africa

Uganda / Bidco Bev. & Det.-03/ Kalangala

Complainant
National Association of Professional Environmentalists (NAPE)
Date Filed
January 13, 2017
Concerns
Environmental damage, compensation for expropriated land and loss of livelihood.
Case Status
Open - Ombudsman
 

Synopsis

Project Overview
IFC has an active project with Bidco Africa, a Kenyan private limited liability company, which is one of East Africa’s leading manufacturers and distributors of fast moving consumer goods. The loan of up to US$36.5 million will support the US$46 million expansion of Bidco Africa. Specifically, the proceeds of the loan will be used for the construction and operation of new facilities to expand Bidco’s production capacity in Kenya.

 
Complaint

The complaint was filed by the National Association of Professional Environmentalists (NAPE) on behalf of the Bugala Farmers, located in the Kalangala District, Bugala Island, Lake Victoria, Uganda. The complaint raises concerns related to environmental damage, due to deforestation for the purposes of growing palm oil plantations, compensation for expropriated land, impacts on agricultural activities and loss of livelihood.  


CAO Action
CAO found the complaint eligible for further assessment in February 2017 and has made contact with the relevant parties.

 

Status
The assessment of the case is underway.

 
Status as of March 09, 2017


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 determine what options are available to address the complaint through CAO's Dispute Resolution and Compliance functions.

Project information

Institution
IFC
Project Name & Number
Bidco Bev & Det 33385
Department
Global Manufacturing & Services
Company
BIDCO AFRICA LIMITED
Sector
F-Al - Other food
Region
Sub-Saharan Africa
Country
Kenya
Environmental Category
B
Commitment
US$23 million A loan and up to $13.5 million B loa

Case Tracker

Ombudsman

  • Eligible: Completed
  • Assessment Period: In Process

Compliance