Kenya: Bridge international Academies-02/Kenya

Date Filed
16 Feb 2020
Status
Open
Phase
Dispute Resolution (DR)
Country
Kenya

Case Tracker

Eligibility
Eligibility
Assessment
Assessment
Dispute Resolution
Mediation
Compliance
CURRENT Status
Mediation (DISPUTE RESOLUTION)

Complaint Overview

Complainant

Student’s parent

Concerns

Health and safety, access to information and redress

Cross-Cutting Issues
Risk Management Community Health and Safety Children Loss of Life Access to Information Policy

Project Information

Region
Sub-Saharan Africa
Institution
IFC
Name & Number
Bridge International Academies 32171
Company
NewGlobe Schools Inc
Sector
Health and Education
Department
Manufacturing, Agribusiness & Services
Category
B
Commitment

USD 10 million equity investment

Synopsis

Project Overview

IFC has an active project with Bridge International Academies (the “Company”), Africa’s largest chain of low-cost schools. According to IFC, at the time of its investment in 2014, the Company operated 211 schools serving over 57,000 students in Kenya and aims to provide quality education to children from families earning less than US$2 per person per day. The investment was intended to support an increase in the number of schools in Kenya and expansion to 3 new countries.

Complaint

In February 2020, CAO received a complaint from a parent of a student enrolled at the Bridge International Academy Kwa Njenga Msq (Bridge), in Kenya, with support from the East Africa Centre for Human Rights (EACHRights), a Kenyan NGO. The complaint concerns the alleged electrocution and subsequent death of her son, while at school. 

CAO Action

CAO found the complaint eligible in February 2020 and began an assessment of the complaint. During the assessment, the Complainants and the Company agreed to engage in a voluntary dialogue process to try and resolve the dispute. CAO’s assessment report is available in English and Kiswahili under "Case Documents" section below.

 

Status

An dispute resolution process is underway.

 

Status as of June 22, 2021

Case Documents

  • Dispute Resolution

    Assessment Report(s)
    CAO Assessment Report - Kenya Bridge 02
    Sep 01, 2020
    English
    CAO Assessment Report - Kenya Bridge 02
    CAO Assessment Report - Kenya Bridge 02
    Sep 01, 2020
    Kiswahili
    CAO Assessment Report - Kenya Bridge 02
    CAO Communique - Kenya Bridge Cases
    Jan 29, 2021
    English
    CAO Communique - Kenya Bridge Cases