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Social services

Analysis

Going, going, gone?

9 May 2014

IFC accused of “McDonaldisation” of education, with investment in low-fee private schools, despite evidence of negative impacts on inequality.

Land

Analysis

Corporatising agriculture

World Bank’s Benchmarking the Business of Agriculture rankings are unlikely to benefit the world’s smallholder farmers, but could instead facilitate corporate land grabs.

9 May 2014 | At Issue

Social services

Commentary

Bad aid

A health public-private partnership is starving Lesotho's public health services of resources, affecting rural communities, where death rates are rising.

9 May 2014 | Guest comment

Finance

News

Ballroom dancing in Bolivia: IFC investments remain questionable

IFC invests in another five-star hotel, raising further questions whether its investments lead to positive development outcomes.

9 May 2014

Private Sector

News

World Bank Group investing in banks before poverty reduction

The World Bank Group invested $36 billion between 2009 and 2013 in the financial sector, three times as much as in education. Investments in financial intermediaries in Honduras and India have been criticised by civil society groups.

8 May 2014

Infrastructure

News

World Bank to push ahead with Global Infrastructure Facility

The World Bank has confirmed its intention to develop a Global Infrastructure Facility, prioritising projects that have stalled due to size or complexity, while concerns continue over the Bank’s support for the Democratic Republic of Congo Inga dams.

8 May 2014

Background

Recommended readings

Recent media articles on the IMF and the World Bank, recommended by the Bretton Woods Project

8 May 2014 | Resource

IFI governance

News

Developing countries seek new path for Fund governance reform

2010 agreement to reform IMF voting shares in favour of developing countries flounders as IMF governance reforms blocked by US Congress, again. Developing countries expressed anger and raised concerns about the Fund’s ability to deal credibly and effectively with new and ongoing financial crises.

8 May 2014

Finance

News

Final IDA 17 numbers shrink under scrutiny

The release of the final IDA paper in April confirmed that IDA 17 represents a 7.7 per cent decline in IDA resources. The replenishment saw a loan of $1 billion from China and less generous lending terms for IDA borrowers.

8 May 2014