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As World Bank Pauses Doing Business Report, Pressure Mounts for It To Be Permanently Scrapped

Source: Bretton Woods Project On 17 August, the World Bank announced that it will suspend the publication of its much-criticised Doing Business Report (DBR). According to…

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 Must Permanently End Ideologically Driven Doing Business Rankings

The world needs development policies that serve people and planet first, not policies that focus on economic growth at all costs. By…

It Is Time to End the Controversial World Bank’s Doing Business Report

Source IPS By Isabel Ortiz and Leo Baunach NEW YORK and WASHINGTON D.C. , Sep 2 2020 (IPS) – On 27 August the World Bank announced that it…

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 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.

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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…

Llamado a revocar a Agnes Kalibata de AGRA como Enviado Especial para la Cumbre de los Sistemas Alimentarios de las Naciones Unidas de 2021

10 de febrero de 2020 António Guterres Secretary-General, United Nations New York, NY USA Llamado a revocar a Agnes Kalibata de AGRA…

An Open Letter to the World Bank on its 20th Land and Poverty Conference

Ms. Kristalina Georgieva Interim President, World Bank 1818 H Street NW Washington, DC, 20433   End the Enabling the Business of Agriculture…

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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…

Emperor Has No New Clothes

Reformed World Bank Program Still Fails the Farmers In 2013, the World Bank launched the Enabling the Business of Agriculture (EBA) project,…

A Response to Klaus Deininger’s Blog Post The World Bank’s Land and Poverty Conference: 20 years on

Dear Mr. Deininger, Your recent blog post surprisingly contradicts the prescriptions and policy guidance that your organization, the World Bank, gives to…

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