Two UN committees and a special rapporteur have questioned development aid funding going to private education, including through IFC supported Bridge International Academies.
World Bank’s high-level support for private education providers is condemned by the UN Special Rapporteur, NGOs and academics.
A World Bank blog about the benefits of private schooling has been contravened by a UN committee and heavily criticised by civil society
IFC accused of “McDonaldisation” of education, with investment in low-fee private schools, despite evidence of negative impacts on inequality.
In a new blog the Bretton Woods Project highlights the Bank's increasing investment in financial intermediaries at the expense of education and health
The World Bank has announced big spending programmes in health, electricity and telecoms in Burma, however, critics point to its failure to protect human rights or consult properly with civil society.
The new World Bank Group strategy moves into the implementation stage with changes to country planning and internal structure, but critics say that little will change.
The Bretton Woods Project review of the most important developments at the World Bank and IMF in 2013.
Pakistan’s education system has recently received enormous global attention however the increase in World Bank-backed investment in low cost private schools threatens to undermine recent government moves and the campaign to provide all children with free compulsory education.
Bank president Jim Yong Kim has publicly prioritised universal health coverage and education however, critics worry about increased support for private companies to deliver these services.