Health

Social services

News

Zen and the art of hand maintenance

The World Bank-Netherlands Water Partnership has launched the “handwashing initiative”, a public-private partnership to promote the use of soap to reduce the incidence of diarrhoeal diseases in poor communities.

26 November 2002

Social services

News

Opposing PVC, opposing IFC

The IFC is considering a US$20 million funding proposal for a polyvinyl chloride (PVC) plant in an industrial estate in Cuddalore, Tamil Nadu.

17 September 2002

Land

News

IFI role in Southern Africa famine condemned

A new study from Oxfam questions why, after years of World Bank and IMF-designed agricultural sector reforms, Malawi, Zambia, and Mozambique face chronic food insecurity.

17 September 2002

IFI governance

News

IMF boss grilled by British MPs

On 4 July, IMF chief Horst K

24 July 2002

Rights

News

Malawi Economic Justice Network Civil Society Briefing Issue 16

Malawi Economic Justice Network Civil Society Briefing Issue 16

25 June 2002

Social services

News

Bank support for private healthcare questioned

Two new studies by the ICFTU and EURODAD add to concerns about the impact of the Bank’s Private Sector Development strategy on access to health services by the poor. Leaked IFC documents reveal the Corporation’s intention to invest in private health care in situations where other investors are reluctant.

8 May 2002

Infrastructure

News

Bank plans private sector shake-up

In February the World Bank’s Board will consider a new Private Sector Development Strategy.

17 January 2002

Social services

News

Tanzanian user-fees concern

In 2000 the US Congress passed a law requiring the government to oppose loans that includes user fees for basic health or education services.

10 September 2001

Social services

News

Global health fund debated

A new global fund to combat HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria will be administered by the World Bank in collaboration with WHO and UNAIDS.

18 June 2001

Rights

News

Financial crises and global slowdown capture IMF-World Bank spring meetings agenda

The global economic slowdown and donor countries’ differing views on what to do about it, pushed issues related to the world’s poorest nations to the sidelines of public debate on this year’s spring meetings of the IMF and World Bank.

15 May 2001