"Chad-Cameroon Petroleum Development and Pipleline Project (A)" by Benjamin C. Esty & Carrie Ferman, 2006, Harvard School of Business
On June 6, 2000, the World Bank's and IFC's board of directors was scheduled to vote on whether to approve funding for the $4 billion Chad-Cameroon Petroleum Development and Pipeline project. Although the project presented a unique opportunity to alleviate poverty in Chad, one of the poorest countries in the world, Chad had a president who had been labeled "warlord" and a history of civil war and oppression. This case describes the project, the setting, and the World Bank's reasons for participating in the deal--mainly an opportunity to alleviate poverty, enforce environmental standards, and minimize the impact on indigenous people. It also describes the very public and very ardent opposition to the project's environmental, social, and revenue management policies. Faced with a high-risk, but potentially high-return opportunity to improve conditions in Chad, students, as the directors, must decide whether to approve funding for the deal.
SDG Topics: No Poverty / Affordable & Clean Energy / Decent Work & Economic Growth / Reduced Inequalities / Peace, Justice & Strong Institutions.