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.
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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