The IMF’s Independent Evaluation Office (IEO) released an issues paper describing how it will assess whether the IMF has strengthened its “trusted advisor” role since 2005. It will look at how perceptions of the Fund as an advisor have been affected by new IMF surveillance and advisory initiatives introduced after the global economic crisis. It notes that previous IEO reports have found that countries are often wary of the IMF’s advice, citing “inadequate knowledge of country-specific circumstances” and “a perceived lack of evenhandedness” as explanatory factors. The paper will focus on perceptions of IMF advice, but “not, however, assess the actual impact of this advice.”
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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