A letter from Haitian solidarity NGOs, faith groups and academics was sent to president Wolfowitz in August to protest the Bank’s mis-portrayal of the situation in the country. In late July, the Bank posted a banner headline on its website boasting that “new schools, roads, and jobs are among the achievements of the interim cooperation framework, Haiti’s economic, social and political recovery programme.” The letter’s authors pointed out that Haitian GDP declined in the year ending September 2004, living standards have plummeted and human rights violations by the state and police continue.
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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