A group of NGOs has sent a letter in May to the World Bank’s country director for Poland asking for a halt to Bank support for a highway modernisation project. After long negotiations with government agencies, the NGOs had won assurances that the EU financing decision for the project would await completion of a strategic environment assessment. NGOs want Bank financing to await the outcome of the same assessment. The highway widening is part of a larger project which NGOs say will seriously impact wildlife and create pollution problems for several national parks. The Bank has not responded to the call for a meeting.
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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