In late May WWF and UK NGOs organised a workshop on National Strategies for Sustainable Development (NSSDs). This discussed the call for all countries to produce NSSDs as one of the International Development Targets. It looked at how NSSDs fit with initiatives such as World Bank/IMF Poverty Reduction Strategy Papers, whether they are strictly “environmental” or about livelihoods, and the roles of civil society groups. The meeting report clarifies these issues and contains a list of resources.
Originally created to help the poor escape poverty and deprivation, the World Bank became the most important advocate for the commercialised microcredit model. Yet, critics argued it undermined the chances of sustainable and equitable development to create a poverty trap of historic proportions.
While the World Development Report (WDR) 2018 on education has some redeeming features, it is part of the Bank's longstanding very narrow view of education, and is silent on education financing.
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