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A Landmark Victory: World Bank Finally Ends Its Destructive and Corrupt Doing Business Report

—FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE— September 16, 2021, 7:00 PM PT Media Contact: Anuradha Mittal, amittal@oaklandinstitute.org +1 510-469-5228 The World Bank announced today it…

Ceasing Publication of the Doing Business Report

Letter to the World Bank Executive Directors March 11, 2021 We write as concerned members of the civil society organisations, academia and…

Examining the World Bank’s Doing Business Report

Can a market-based economy lead to alleviation of poverty and create shared prosperity? Elsadig Elsheikh — Director, Othering & Belonging Institute, University…

Fuel on the Fire: The World Bank’s Complicity in Duterte’s War on Farmers in the Philippines

  By: Andy Currier On March 17th 2020, 25-year-old peasant advocate and artist Marlon Madlos was riding on the back of a…

Why Governments should Reject Land Commodification Efforts Orchestrated by the World Bank and the United States

Source: World Rainforest Movement Frederic Mousseau Policy Director, The Oakland Institute The development narrative continues to be revived despite its role in…

Is Development for the World Bank Mainly Doing Business?

Source: IPS November 10, 2020 SYDNEY and KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 10 2020 (IPS) – The World Bank has finally given up defending…

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A Landmark Victory: World Bank Finally Ends Its Destructive and Corrupt Doing Business Report

—FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE— September 16, 2021, 7:00 PM PT Media Contact: Anuradha Mittal, amittal@oaklandinstitute.org +1 510-469-5228 The World Bank announced today it…

Ceasing Publication of the Doing Business Report

Letter to the World Bank Executive Directors March 11, 2021 We write as concerned members of the civil society organisations, academia and…

Driving Dispossession Webinar – September 17, 9:30 – 11:00 AM PT

Maungdaw, Myanmar – Farm laborers and livestock in a paddy field in Warcha village April 2016. Image: FAO / Hkun Land Institute…

World Bank Suspends Doing Business Report

—FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE— September 1, 2020 Media Contact:Anuradha Mittal amittal@oaklandinstitute.org +1 510-530-5126 The Doing Business Report (DBR) has been “paused” by the…

New Report Warns of an Unprecedented Wave of Land Privatization

—FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE— July 14, 2020 Contact:Anuradha Mittal amittal@oaklandinstitute.org +1-510-530-5126 Oakland, CA—Amidst a worsening climate crisis, the Oakland Institute’s new report, Driving…

Driving Dispossession: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

These Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) summarize some of the key findings and analysis of the Oakland Institute new report, Driving Dispossession: The…

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Examining the World Bank’s Doing Business Report

Can a market-based economy lead to alleviation of poverty and create shared prosperity? Elsadig Elsheikh — Director, Othering & Belonging Institute, University…

Fuel on the Fire: The World Bank’s Complicity in Duterte’s War on Farmers in the Philippines

  By: Andy Currier On March 17th 2020, 25-year-old peasant advocate and artist Marlon Madlos was riding on the back of a…

New Laws Threaten Family Farmers and Ethnic Communities in Myanmar

The VFV Law, the Farmland Act, and the LAAR Law are designed to encourage the legal takeover of lands that millions of farmers and Indigenous people rely on for their livelihoods.

Land Privatization: Why Sri Lanka Must Reject the MCC Compact

A recent report by the Oakland Institute examines the MCC compact with Sri Lanka and raises alarm over the irreversible consequences of embarking on land privatization – when most of the land is public in the country.

World Bank’s COVID-19 Assistance to Kenya Benefits Multinational Agribusiness and Agrochemical Firms

Despite the unprecedented nature of the Covid-19 pandemic, the World Bank continues to drive “private sector solutions to development” under the faulty assumption that catering to multinational companies will trickle down and benefit all.

Conditional Loans, Uncontrolled Misery: Doing Business in India in the Times of Corona

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought up the specter of the Indian partition as the country continues to witness the misery of large–scale…

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