The World Bank 1818 H Street, NW
Washington, DC 20433 USA
9 April 2020
Dear Annette Dixon and Hafez Ghanem
We hope that you and other staff at the World Bank are well at this extremely challenging time.
We write to you as civil society organisations working for human rights, equality and sustainable development in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region.
COVID-19 is having a devastating impact on communities and health systems in the SADC region. We welcome the World Bank’s announcement of US$6 billion in financing for health system strengthening and disease surveillance (we understand that this US$6 billion is part of a wider fast-track package worth US$14 billion). We believe that this financing has the potential to assist recipient states to deal with the current crisis and build resilience to future crises. However, we have some questions regarding this financing.
We would be grateful for responses to these questions. Thank you for your time. We look forward to hearing from you.
Director, Action for Southern Africa (ACTSA)
Executive Director, Zimbabwe Coalition on Debt and Development (ZIMCODD) – on behalf of the Southern African People’s Solidarity Network (SAPSN)
Executive Secretary, Southern Africa Trade Union Coordination Council (SATUCC)
Sunit Bagree, Senior Campaigns Officer, ACTSA firstname.lastname@example.org / +44 7415289712
John Maketo, Programmes Manager, ZIMCODD email@example.com / +263 772331881
Paliani Chinguwo, Research & Education Policy Officer, SATUCC firstname.lastname@example.org / +267 74526943