Tanzania Loses $300 Million World Bank Loan Amid Crackdown Concerns

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11/13/2018

The World Bank has pulled a planned $300 million educational loan to Tanzania amid concerns about the country’s policy of banning pregnant girls from going to school. The $300 million program was meant to help Tanzania’s Ministry of Education improve access to quality secondary education. It was scheduled to be approved by the bank’s management late last month, but a source within the bank told CNN the program was instead withdrawn and will not be going forward. The World Bank has simultaneously suspended all visiting missions to Tanzania because of “threatening harassment and discrimination against the LGBT community,” the source said. Tanzania has faced increasing international criticism over a crackdown on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender citizens.

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