The World Bank Campaign Europe has called on European governments to consider redirecting funding away from the Bank unless it ends economic policy conditions and support for fossil fuels. In October, it held a public hearing where testimonies were given on topics including the West Africa gas pipeline, cotton sector liberalisation in Mali, and the Bank’s role in food insecurity in Malawi. A similar hearing took place in India in September (see Update 57) and another is planned for Bangladesh (see comment, Update 58). A US campaign has backed the European demands and added a third request – improved accountability for development results.
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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