In July the Global Health Watch 2005 was released, targeting the BWIs for their role in weakening public health care systems. The report, meant as an alternative to the World Health Organisation’s World Health Report was spearheaded by The People’s Health Movement, Medact and The Global Equity Gauge Alliance. The report assesses the state of health care systems and services; the health of vulnerable communities such as indigenous peoples; the wider health context including climate change and war; and the role of global institutions, corporations and rich countries. The section on the BWIs says that the Bank “has become a much bigger influence than the WHO in the health sector.”
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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