The World Bank’s private sector arm, the International Finance Corporation (IFC), in June approved a $45 million loan to help Glamis Gold Ltd. develop a gold mine in western Guatemala. The mine is currently under construction and is expected to start production in 2006. The IFC said it will also help plan and implement the environmental and social programmes for the mine by working with the company, non-governmental groups and community leaders. Campaigners say that Glamis Gold has a “dismal record” on community 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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