Kenya: Bridge international Academies-04/Kenya

Date Filed
03 Sep 2020
Status
Open
Phase
Compliance
Country
Kenya

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Eligibility
Assessment
Assessment
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CURRENT Status
Investi3gation (COMPLIANCE)

Complaint Overview

Complainant

CAO Vice President Request

Concerns

Child Abuse

Cross-Cutting Issues
Children Risk Management Community Health and Safety Discrimination Coercion Unfulfilled Commitments Industry Standards and Certifications Labor 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 April 2018, CAO received a complaint from the East Africa Centre for Human Rights, a Kenyan NGO, on behalf of current and former parents and teachers regarding IFC’s investment in the Company in Kenya (the BIA-01 case). The BIA-01 complaint was transferred to CAO’s compliance function for appraisal and CAO initiated an investigation in October 2019. In the course of the BIA-01 compliance investigation CAO became aware of several allegations of child sexual abuse at the Company’s schools. In September 2020, the CAO Vice President requested that CAO consider these issues in a compliance appraisal.

CAO Action

CAO’s initial review of the project documentation raises questions as to whether IFC’s pre-investment review and subsequent supervision of the project properly considered the requirements of Performance Standards 1 and 4 as relevant to child safeguarding and protection risks. 

Overall, CAO has determined that an investigation is an appropriate response to the issues raised in the Vice President’s request. In making this decision, CAO has taken into account the seriousness of the risks and impacts raised as well as the above compliance questions. 

Status

Further details of the investigation scope will be set out in the investigation Terms of Reference, to be prepared according to CAO’s Operational Guidelines. CAO completed its investigation in December 2021.

 

Status as of Oct. 21, 2021

Case Documents

  • Compliance

    Appraisal Report(s)
    COMPLIANCE APPRAISAL: SUMMARY - Bridge 04
    Dec 23, 2020
    English
    COMPLIANCE APPRAISAL: SUMMARY - Bridge 04
    Communique
    CAO Communique - Investigation of IFC - Bridge Kenya
    Jan 29, 2021
    English
    CAO Communique - Investigation of IFC - Bridge Kenya
    TOR
    Investigation ToR
    Oct 21, 2021
    English
    Investigation ToR