A new film points at contradictions in one of the World Bank’s Prototype Carbon Fund projects in Durban, South Africa. The project is to reduce emissions by turning gas produced by landfills in Durban into electricity. Local residents near the Bisasar Road landfill complain the project is an incentive to keep the site open, despite a history of toxic waste dumping and health hazard. Contrary to claims that “the sensitivity of the local population [?] will have been responded to in a very positive and visible way”, the public consultation was only conducted via website over a 30-day period.
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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