At the launch of its World Development Report 2003, the Bank was angered by the distribution of a joint Heinrich Boell-Bretton Woods Project briefing which assembled critiques of the WDR by academics and activists.
The World Bank finally released a draft World Development Report on sustainable development at the beginning of April. Commentators gave the report a mixed reception. While some praised its recognition of the political and social context of sustainability, critics charged that the Report is far behind current thinking on climate change and fails to adequately address the role of rich countries in fostering sustainable development.
Two new World Bank studies express doubts about the extent of its work on participation and empowerment. A study of participation in PRSPs finds that the range of civil society groups and of government ministries is unsatisfactory. In another study the Bank agrees that its new “empowerment” agenda is a special challenge.
The World Bank’s World Development Report for 2003/4 will cover the sensitive issues of service delivery.
A World Bank team is currently preparing the next World Development Report which will be launched at the World Summit on Sustainable Development this September.
The latest World Development Report (WDR) places the market at the centre of any institutional framework for development and confirms the Bank’s neoliberal approach to development (October 2001).
A recent Bank document sets out the plan for implementing the conclusions of the Poverty World Development Report (WDR).
Whilst the World Bank continues to develop its strategy to emphasise “global public goods” and its role as a “knowledge bank”, an increasing number of people are questioning its premises.
The World Bank got a mixed response to the launch of its Poverty World Development Report in mid-September.
In late May Ravi Kanbur resigned from his position as World Development Report lead author following attempts by Bank and government officials to make him change his text.