Missing the Target reviews progress towards the international development targets for 2015, highlighting the danger that none of the targets will be met. It calls for increased aid and debt reduction; increased budget allocation for priority social services; the phasing out of cost-recovery in basic health and primary education; and economic growth linked to redistribution in favour of the poor.
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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