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.
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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