A new IMF working paper on the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD), calls the agreement “visionary”. The paper urges “the active selling of reforms”, saying that “efforts underway to establish national and regional communication centers are steps in the right direction.” The Fund’s response to NEPAD includes the HIPC debt-relief initiative, increasing work on transparency/accountability and intensified support for capacity building – highlighting the opening of the African Regional Technical Assistance Centre in Dar es Salaam. For their part, African governments will need to “use PRSPs to translate NEPAD’s framework into operational blueprints.”
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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