Despite bringing much needed attention to the issue of youth and development, NGOs working on children, labour and education have found many familiar World Bank prescriptions in the latest World Development Report published in September.
The WDR 2007 will “seek to determine how economic policies can help young people during the crucial transition points to adulthood” including leaving school, staying healthy, entering the labour market, forming families, and becoming good citizens.
An outline of the Bank's flagship annual report, the World Development Report, which will focus on inequality was released in August.
Researchers at the Geneva-based South Centre have argued that the Bank's latest World Development Report, oversells the benefits of foreign direct investment, advocates the restriction of government policy space, and promotes the agenda of northern countries in trade and investment agreements.
Since 1996 the World Bank President has emphasised his institution’s roles as a “knowledge bank“. But just as one person’s terrorist is another’s freedom fighter, what some see as knowledge is viewed by others as propaganda for a particular world view.
Union and NGO commentators believe the World Development Report on services contains an underlying bias towards private provision rather than public reform.
Again and again in consultation forums, civil society groups have asked the World Development Report…
As the window for consultation on the draft of the World Development Report 2004 (WDR), Making Services Work for the Poor, draws to a close, debate continues. In response to civil society criticism of the November outline, the March draft of the Report strikes a more nuanced tone on some of the more contentious issues.
Critics of privatisation are invited to speak at a meeting organised by the Latin American and Caribbean department.
Participants in a consultation meeting analyse the draft outline of the Bank’s World Development Report for 2004, “Making Services Work for the Poor”.