Education

Social services

Commentary

Both arsonist and fire-fighter: the World Bank on school fees

A former UN special rapporteur on the right to education questions the World Bank's claim to have relinquished its support for user fees in education.

23 January 2006 | Guest comment

Social services

News

IMF conditions blocks achievement of goals in education, health

Two papers by ActionAid International, released at the UN Millennium Review Summit in New York in September, point the finger at the IMF for blocking achievement of the Millennium Development Goals.

12 September 2005

Accountability

Background

UK NGO meeting with executive director Tom Scholar: uncorrected highlights 4 April 2005

Minutes of Spring meeting with Tom Scholar and UK NGOs in London

28 April 2005 | Minutes

Conditionality

News

IMF: you don’t need no education

Research by ActionAid International finds that IMF polices present the biggest obstacle to attaining global goals for education.

26 January 2005

Social services

Commentary

The role of World Bank and IMF post-tsunami in Indonesia

The Paris Club communiqu

26 January 2005 | Guest comment

Social services

Commentary

Contradictions in the World Banks India Country Assistance Strategy

In August, representatives of social movements, national alliances and civil society organisations met in New Delhi and issued a statement explicitly rejecting the Bank's strategy for India.

21 September 2004 | Guest comment

Rights

News

Knowledge Bank evaluation criticises “reluctance to consider alternatives”

An official review has echoed many external criticisms of the World Bank's knowledge roles, but has buried some of the most important feedback from officials and researchers in the South. A recent study by the World Bank's Operations Evaluation Department found significant problems with the Bank's self-appointed role as guardian and dissseminator of the world's development knowledge, but produced only extremely bureaucratic conclusions which do not match the degree or nature of the concerns expr

28 January 2004

Social services

News

Unions, NGOs react to report on services

Union and NGO commentators believe the World Development Report on services contains an underlying bias towards private provision rather than public reform.

17 November 2003

Social services

News

Short gives evidence on World Bank to UK parliamentarians

MPs on the International Development Select Committee questioned Clare Short on: debt, PRSPs, PSIA, Bank governance, social and environmental policies, privatisation of services, education and trade capacity building.

26 November 2002

Social services

News

EU should hand over education funds to WB

The GCE held a meeting 29 May in Brussels on the role of the EU in delivering the international education goals, bringing together Education Ministers from Niger, Guatemala and Bangladesh, civil society representatives and donors.

24 July 2002