The Bretton Woods Project and other organisations have been discussing a new collaborative website to assemble documents and links on World Bank-related policy issues. It will focus in particular on the roles of the World Bank as “knowledge bank”. The site will contain original material discussing the knowledge bank, video clips of activists questioning the Bank’s role, and up to date links to specific pages and documents on key NGO and research sites. To function well the initial site will need feedback and cooperation from a wide range of organisations.
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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