In June, 80 non-governmental organizations and people’s movements issued a joint statement condemning the UN’s involvement in a joint UN, WB, IMF and OECD report A Better World for All, released during the follow-up summit to the Copenhagen Social Summit held five years ago.
Missing the Target reviews progress towards the international development targets for 2015, highlighting the danger that none of the targets will be met.
In mid-March the World Bank launched the first of a new set of studies, Voices of the Poor.
An assessment of how gender has been incorporated into six World Bank poverty assessments reveals great variation in the way that gender is treated.
New World Bank estimates suggest that 1.5bn people live in abject poverty, up from 1.
The Bank has identified 5 main ways in which macroeconomic crises affect the poor.
The Bank’s Poverty Assessments contain “relatively little of policy relevance” because of their narrow focus on income-based poverty lines, according to a report by the Institute of Social Studies, The Hague.
The worst fears of massive increases in poverty in Indonesia are “unfounded” according to a report by the World Bank, which draws on 3 new surveys on the social implications of the financial crisis.
Both ENDS and the Bretton Woods Project co-organised a roundtable meeting in early March to discuss the World Bank and IMF’s core economic models.
In September the World Bank organised an electronic consultation on its planned poverty World Development Report, due out October 2000.