The music at the farewell party for outgoing World Bank Kenya country representative Mukthar Diop on 29 April was keeping up the neighbours. Not normally the cause for a diplomatic row, except when one of your neighbours in the exclusive Nairobi enclave of Muthaiga is Lucy Kibaki, the first lady (and Diop’s landlord). Ms Kibaki went several times to her local police station to report a disturbance of the peace and then directly to the party in an attempt to shut off the offending racket, apparently undeterred by the presence of two of her children at the party.
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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