“Knowledge Bank” claims queried

15 September 1999

The Bretton Woods Project has received copies of draft papers by two academics critically querying the World Bank’s claims to have become a “knowledge bank”. They contest the Bank’s understanding of the difference between knowledge and information and examine the bureaucratic and political filters through which Bank research output has to pass.

These are important matters, because the Bank prides itself that:

“a pilot survey of policy makers showed that 75% have used Bank research products. … One out of six development articles and publications on university reading lists are from the Bank”.

Contact the Project for details of the papers.