In late May Yorongar Ngarlejy, a Presidential candidate and outspoken opponent of the World Bank-backed oil pipeline in Chad, was arrested. A press release from Survie, a French human rights NGO, and the German group Urgewald, called for finance institutions such as the World Bank to use their leverage and to condemn in the strongest possible terms the continuing violent and illegal actions by the Deby regime and to halt “all activities related to the Chad-Cameroon Oil Project until conditions are established that will allow this project to benefit the Chadian people.”
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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