Activists from Eastern and Southern Africa gathered in Nairobi early August to discuss a civil society Economic Policy Project launched by MWENGO, a reflection and development centre for NGOs in the region. MWENGO argues that “there is a wide gap between the far reaching social implications of economic policy on the one hand and the select preserve of those able, in African civil and political society, to participate in serious debate on such policy”. The new initiative aims at exploring ways to increase “capacity for the public to understand issues of economic policy, and to petition for their own economic rights”.
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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