Colombian pop sensation ‘she wolf’ Shakira ended up in a February press conference with a World Bank president, Robert Zoellick, to launch her charity’s joint initative with the Bank on early childhood development in Latin America. Perhaps she missed the 2007 sex controversy that ousted the Bank’s previous leader of the pack Paul Wolfowitz? Drafting the Bank into her education-focussed work might also backfire. The Bank’s seeming desire to ‘whenever, wherever’ privatise public services might leave Shakira feeling ‘la tortura’.
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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