The World Bank legal department held a meeting in May in New York in response to long-standing calls from indigenous groups for a roundtable discussion between indigenous legal experts and the WB legal department. Indigenous leaders have said it amounted to an “informal meeting” and not the legal roundtable called for. Participants received the new draft indigenous peoples policy only hours before the meeting. The long overdue policy was scheduled to go to the Board for approval on 7 June, but has now been postponed indefinitely.
After 4 years of on-off negotiation and public opposition, the government of Egypt has signed a loan deal with the IMF whose impacts civil society fears will encroach upon human rights, social protection and social provision, like health and education, upon which the poorest depend.
Investments by the World Bank-hosted Global Financing Facility (GFF) do not reflect the family planning priorities identified by developing countries and local communities. The GFF also continues to suffer from a lack of transparency and meaningful civil society participation, raising doubts about the new mechanism’s effectiveness.
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