Many borrowers are turning away from the Bank, resulting in loans being repaid faster than new ones can be disbursed. Outstanding loans have dropped to a six-year low. But because of the repayments, the Bank has amassed the largest reserves of financial resources in its history. In recognition of this, and to get loan volumes up, it is starting to lower the fees it charges borrowers. Critics say the turnabout in financial performance has more to do with overstating its financial risks in 1998 as it sought to increase fees than with current performance.
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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