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.
The IFC is considering a US$20 million funding proposal for a polyvinyl chloride (PVC) plant in an industrial estate in Cuddalore, Tamil Nadu.
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.
On 4 July, IMF chief Horst K
Malawi Economic Justice Network Civil Society Briefing Issue 16
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.
In February the World Bank’s Board will consider a new Private Sector Development Strategy.
In 2000 the US Congress passed a law requiring the government to oppose loans that includes user fees for basic health or education services.
A new global fund to combat HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria will be administered by the World Bank in collaboration with WHO and UNAIDS.
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.