The World Bank’s Bolivia office has decided to get into the propaganda game, producing tens of thousands of copies of a 22-page booklet titled Ten things they never told you about the World Bank in Bolivia. According to NGO the Democracy Center, the booklet, distributed in three major Bolivian daily newspapers, is rather liberal with the truth. Particularly amusing is the claim that the Bank’s arm for investment arbitration helped resolve the dispute over water privatisation to the benefit of Bolivian citizens. Of course, this ignores that the Bank required the botched water privatisation as a loan condition in the first place. The Bank also tries to claim credit for debt relief. Despite an invitation to respond, no World Bank official has participated in the debate on the Democracy Center’s website.
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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