The Common Good
October 2004

Accounting for the Poor

by Rose Marie Berger, Brian Bolton | October 2004

One year after the World Bank promised that revenues from the Chad-

One year after the World Bank promised that revenues from the Chad-to-Cameroon oil pipeline would be directed toward local economies, education, and health care, African church leaders say they have not seen results. The Presbyterian Church of Cameroon is calling for pressure from the international community on the leaders of the $3.1 billion project that is said to be the largest private investment in Africa.

"If such a project is done in Africa, it must be done for the good of the people, and should not destroy" the continent’s natural resources, said Dieudonne Massi Gams, general secretary of the Presbyterian Church of Cameroon. Gams is seeking help from the World Alliance of Reformed Churches and others to help protect the people and land in Chad and Cameroon by pressuring ExxonMobil, ChevronTexaco, and Petronas to disclose their financial records and demonstrate their plan to keep their word or stop the project.

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