At its April spring meetings, the World Bank decided not to give press accreditation to Aidwatch – a blog linked to the New York University’s Development Research Institute – banning the site’s bloggers from access to the media briefing center. Aidwatch contributor Laura Freschi said: “I was shocked, actually, since the World Bank is usually ahead of the curve when it comes to technology and communication. I expected so much better.” The Bank has not explained its decision, but responded by forwarding to the Aidwatch bloggers the 2011 World Development Report, which at that time had not yet been released.
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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