The Inspection Panel has closed applications for a new Panel member to replace Tongroj Onchan. An NGO letter had expressed concerns about the conflict of interest posed by the inclusion of Bank staff on the selection committee, and the failure to involve civil society in the process. The Bank responded by removing Pamela Cox from the selection committee as projects in her region (Latin America and the Caribbean) are the subject of Panel complaints. The Bank rejected the argument that having any Bank staff on the selection committee represented a conflict of interest, and claimed that involving civil society would present “practical difficulties of selecting them”.
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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