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.
In the news
In December 2013, the German Development Institute, Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung and Bretton Woods Project, in collaboration with the G-24, hosted a high-level workshop in Berlin to foster an open exchange on the profound changes in the global economy and the implications for global economic governance and its constituent institutions and members.
Last year BRICS' leaders agreed to launch a BRICS development bank. Whether this is considered positive depends in part what questions are being asked. Sameer Dossani of ActionAid International highlights the flaws in the World Bank and IMF, analyses whether a BRICS Bank could be different from these institutions and proposes what it should do and what it should look like.
The Bretton Woods Project is an ActionAid hosted project (UK registered charity no. 274467).