The seventh annual conference of the Parliamentary Network on the World Bank was held in Cape Town in March. Discussion topics included extractive industries revenue transparency, health, agriculture, illegitimate debt, climate change, anti-corruption and strengthening parliamentary oversight of the IFIs. UK NGO World Development Movement presented their toolkit for parliamentarians wishing to better scrutinise the role of the IFIs in their budgeting processes. The South African National NGO Coalition held parallel workshops, teach-ins and demonstrations to highlight the “socioeconomic and political crisis engineered by the World Bank”.
Market-led policy approaches increasingly used to deal with both climate and health emergencies are failing to protect those most vulnerable.
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