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.
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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