In October, the Bretton Woods Project (BWP) published an edited volume on the impacts of commonly-prescribed IMF macroeconomic policies on women’s rights and gender equality, titled The IMF and Gender Equality: A Compendium of Feminist Macroeconomic Critiques. The volume forms part of BWP’s Gender Equality and Macroeconomics (GEM) Project. The volume explores the impacts of the Fund’s policy advice on tax, expenditure and labour market flexibilisation and demonstrates how these policies often undermine women’s rights and gender equality, calling for the creation of a gender-just macroeconomic framework.
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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