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.
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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