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’.
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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