How a project with good aims delivered bitter outcomes in Sierra Leone

The Conversation | 7 January 2016
by Gearoid Millar, Lecturer in the Institute of Conflict, Transition, and Peace Research, University of Aberdeen

An excavator clears land for a palm oil plantation in southern Sierra Leone for a Lichtenstein-based a company. Such projects are criticised by some as ‘land grabs’. (Photo: Reuters/Simon Akam)
Reports about land-grabs in Africa often attack the corporations that stand to profit from such projects. But little is said of the international development banks that fund the projects.

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