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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…

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…

Collapsed Buildings & Lost Lives in Palu: The Tragic Cost of the World Bank’s #DoingBusiness Rankings

Elizabeth Fraser Last Friday, devastation ripped through Palu, Indonesia as both a massive 7.5 magnitude earthquake and subsequent tsunami struck the coastal…

A New Milestone Towards a Sustainable Food System – FAO Agroecology Symposium

ROME, Italy—April 3-5, 2018, hallways of the FAO (UN Food and Agriculture Organization) buzzed with over 700 representatives from government, civil society,…

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