With no less than seven references to a certain Colombian singer, the final edition of the annual spoof newsletter Bank Swirled, produced by anonymous Bank staff (we hope in their spare time), has been published. A hat tip to the “World Bank’s 132-person Offshore Humor Team” for 26 years of parodying the Bank. We count ourselves lucky that we never could get all the jokes.
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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