Nick Stern, professor at the London School of Economics and former chief economist at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development will succeed Joseph Stiglitz as World Bank chief economist. The Bank’s staff association complained that this appointment violated the Bank’s rule that close relatives of existing staff cannot be appointed. His brother Richard Stern is Bank head of Human Resources.
After 4 years of on-off negotiation and public opposition, the government of Egypt has signed a loan deal with the IMF whose impacts civil society fears will encroach upon human rights, social protection and social provision, like health and education, upon which the poorest depend.
Investments by the World Bank-hosted Global Financing Facility (GFF) do not reflect the family planning priorities identified by developing countries and local communities. The GFF also continues to suffer from a lack of transparency and meaningful civil society participation, raising doubts about the new mechanism’s effectiveness.
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