Groups object to $250m World Bank project

More than 40 civil society organisations urged the World Bank to stop a project worth US$250 million (K380.3 billion) in eastern Myanmar over concerns it could undermine Karen culture and traditions.  

The Peaceful and Prosperous Communities Project targets the development of conflict zones in eastern Myanmar. 

According to the bank, the project would improve the quality of services and economic opportunities for vulnerable rural communities in Myanmar’s conflict zones by building mechanisms to foster engagement and trust between communities, ethnic armed groups, and all levels of government.       

It will fund small-scale infrastructure and livelihood programmes in rural communities through an inclusive process.

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