It is unclear whether the review will result into a reduction or suspension of aid, but it could add to growing challenges faced by Uganda’s government, which has already lost assistance from the United Kingdom, Denmark, the Netherlands and Ireland.
The four European donors suspended direct payments to the Ugandan government after the country’s auditor general uncovered alleged corruption involving €12 million ($15.6 million) worth of aid intended for the reconstruction of northern Uganda.
In a statement released Nov. 14, the World Bank expressed concern over the corruption allegations and has called for “remedial action.”
“The recent allegations indicate that the overall fiduciary environment in Uganda needs to be strengthened to ensure better management of public resources,” the bank said. “The World Bank will continue to work with the Government of Uganda and other development partners to help the country deliver on its national policy of ‘zero’ tolerance for corruption.”
In addition to the review of development assistance, the bank said it is also strengthening its “own measures to ensure its funds are used for their intended purpose.”
Uganda received some $235 million in loans from the World Bank in 2012, $345 million in 2011 and $457.6 million in 2010. The bank’s priority sectors in the country are inclusive and sustainable economic growth, public infrastructure, human capital development and governance.
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