Not satisfied with reforming the investment climate of bricks and mortar, the World Bank’s International Finance Corporation (IFC) launched its annual Doing Business report in the virtual gaming world Second Life in October. It’s unclear if the launch lived up to the billing of Activ8 Island (owned by real world company SLAgency) – “Second Life’s premier entertainment destination” – though punters were warned that if the auditorium filled up, that they could meet for a drink and listen to a DJ at Sullivan’s virtual night club afterwards. Our intrepid BWP reporter-avatar arrived too late on the scene – all that was left were flyers from a Nestlé Nesquik graffiti art contest. Sadly this means we missed out on digital copies of the report’s overview, as well as World Bank-IFC virtual apparel and products.
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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