Kenya: Bridge International Academies-03/Kenya

Date Filed
16 Feb 2020
Status
Open
Phase
Dispute Resolution (DR)
Country
Kenya

Case Tracker

Eligibility
Eligibility
Assessment
Assessment
Dispute Resolution
Mediation
Compliance
CURRENT Status
Mediation (DISPUTE RESOLUTION)

Complaint Overview

Complainant

Student’s parent

Concerns

Health and safety, access to information and redress

Cross-Cutting Issues
Community Health and Safety Children Access to Information Policy

Project Information

Region
Africa
Institution
IFC
Name & Number
Bridge International Academies 32171
Company
NewGlobe Schools Inc
Sector
Health and Education
Department
Manufacturing, Agribusiness & Services
Category
B
Commitment

USD 10 million equity investment

Synopsis

Project Overview

In 2013 and 2016, IFC invested a total of US$13.5 million of equity in Bridge International Academies (the “Company”), Africa’s largest chain of low-cost schools. According to IFC, at the time of its investment, the Company operated 211 schools serving over 57,000 students in Kenya and aims to provide quality education to children from families earning less than $2 per person per day. The investment was intended to support an increase in the number of schools in Kenya and expansion to 3 new countries. IFC completed a divestment of Bridge International Academies effective March 3, 2022.

Complaint

In February 2020, CAO received a complaint from a parent of a student enrolled at the Bridge International Academy Kwa Njenga Msq (Bridge), in Kenya, with support from the East Africa Centre for Human Rights (EACHRights), a Kenyan NGO. The complaint concerns an alleged electrocution which occurred at school. 

CAO Action

CAO found the complaint eligible in February 2020 and began an assessment of the complaint. During the assessment, the complainants and the company agreed to engage in a voluntary dialogue process to try to resolve the dispute. CAO’s assessment report is available in English and Kiswahili under "Case Documents" section below this page.

Status

This case is currently in mediation.  An overview of CAO’s cases related to Bridge International Academies is available in this communiqué.

Status as of October 04, 2023. 

 

 

 

Case Documents

  • Dispute Resolution

    Assessment Report(s)
    CAO Assessment Report - Kenya Bridge 03
    Sep 01, 2021
    English
    CAO Assessment Report - Kenya Bridge 03
    CAO Assessment Report - Kenya Bridge 03
    Sep 01, 2021
    Kiswahili
    CAO Assessment Report - Kenya Bridge 03
    CAO Communique - Kenya Bridge Cases
    Jan 29, 2021
    English
    CAO Communique - Kenya Bridge Cases
    Case Communiqués
    CAO Communiqué - CAO Cases Regarding IFC’s Investment in Bridge International Academies in Kenya, October 2023
    Oct 04, 2023
    English
    CAO Communiqué - CAO Cases Regarding IFC’s Investment in Bridge International Academies in Kenya, October 2023
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