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Report on transition safety nets

Forthcoming research by Save the Children Fund examines the record of “safety net” social programmes in formerly socialist countries.

11 August 2000

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Misleading studies bad for the poor

Growth is good for the poor, proclaims a much-discussed new paper of the same title by the Bank’s research department.

11 August 2000

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Protests at UN collaboration with Bank and Fund

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.

11 August 2000

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Gender and Poverty Assessments

An assessment of how gender has been incorporated into six World Bank poverty assessments reveals great variation in the way that gender is treated.

15 April 2000

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Voices of the Poor study oversold by Bank

In mid-March the World Bank launched the first of a new set of studies, Voices of the Poor.

15 April 2000

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Absolute poverty rising: targets doubtful

New World Bank estimates suggest that 1.5bn people live in abject poverty, up from 1.

15 June 1999

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New Bank wisdom on economic crises

The Bank has identified 5 main ways in which macroeconomic crises affect the poor.

15 June 1999

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Bank Poverty Assessments - “irrelevant”?

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.

14 April 1999

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Early fears of mass Indonesian poverty “unfounded”, says Bank

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.

15 March 1999

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Bank/Fund growth model questioned

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.

15 March 1999